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SDS Shakespeare Essay Contest (December 2016)

To celebrate four centuries since Shakespeare’s death “Shakespeare Debating Society” organizes a contest of essays for the students of the English Department. Two prizes equivalent to £250.00 have been most generously offered by Mr. Kalu Singh, a retired university counselor and distinguished author interested in education, drama, and psychology from Cambridge, UK. Students enrolled in the BA Philology programme studying English as a major or minor specialty [A or B] from years I, II, III whose grades in English literature [years II, III] or average grade at the admission exam [I year] are 7 and above are invited to participate in a literary competition to be held on December 17th. For more information, please consult the full contest Fisier de tip .pdf ! description.




Joi 2 iunie 2016, a avut loc in Aula Bibliotecii Centrale Universitare deschiderea Conferinţei Internaţionale Anuale a Departamentului de Engleză, aflate acum la a XVIII-a ediţie. La ceremonia de deschidere au rostit un cuvânt de întâmpinare către cei peste 160 de participanţi din 33 de ţări Rectorul Universităţii din Bucureşti, Prof. dr. Mircea Dumitru, Decanul Facultăţii de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine, Prof. dr. Liviu Franga, Excelenţa Sa domnul Paul Brummell, ambasadorul britanic în România şi  Directorul Departamentului de Engleză, Conf. dr. Octavian Roske. Pe parcursul a trei zile, lucrările conferinţei s-au desfăşurat pe două secţiuni: Literature and Cultural Studies, sub titlul generic Cultural Representations of the City, şi Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Printre cei 11 invitaţi speciali la conferinţă s-a aflat şi Sir Drummond Bone, profesor la Balliol College, University of Oxford, căruia Universitatea din Bucureşti i-a conferit titlul de Doctor Honoris Causa, în cadrul unei ceremonii care a avut loc vineri 3 iunie 2016.

Programul conferinţei poate fi consultat aici.


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Finnegans Wake Lexicographic Series Fisier de tip .docx ! UB-FW Lexicons


ACED 17, the Annual Conference of the English Department, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, June 4-6 2015 

ACED 17, Conferinţa anuală a Departamentului de Engleză, Facultatea de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine,  4-6 iunie 2015


On June 4-6 2015, the English Department at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures had the honor of hosting the seventeenth annual department conference (ACED 17), entitled Religion and Spirituality in Literature and the Arts. Organized under two main sections, Theoretical Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and Literature and Cultural Studies, the event benefited from significant international attendance, with over 150 delegates from 30 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Israel, Canada, Cyprus, Russia, Egypt, France, Australia, Japan, Italy, Mexico, India, Hungary, Norway, Ukraine, Brazil, Lithuania, South Korea, Georgia, among others. Alessandra Giorgi, Giuliana Giusti (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice),  Phoevos Panagiotidis (University of Cyprus), Jacques Moeschler (University of Geneva), Stephen Prickett (University of Kent), Adrian Grafe (University of Artois), Hester Jones (Bristol University), Carl Lavery (University of Glasgow) and Tereza Sinigalia (George Oprescu Institute of Art History, Bucharest) were among the invited guests that gave keynotes at the conference. On this occasion, the University of Bucharest bestowed the degree of Professor Honoris Causa on Giuliana Giusti and of Doctor Honoris Causa on Stephen Prickett.

The opening ceremony was chaired by Prof. Mircea Dumitru, Rector of the University of Bucharest, Prof. Liviu Franga, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Dr. Octavian Roske, Director of the English Department.

The complete conference program is available on the official website of the English Department, at the following link:


În perioada 4-6 iunie 2015, Departamentul de Engleză al Facultăţii de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine a găzduit cea de-a şaptesprezecea conferinţă anuală a Departamentului (ACED 17), sub titlul Religion and Spirituality in Literature and the Arts. Organizată pe două mari secţiuni, Theoretical Linguistics and Applied Linguistics şi Literature and Cultural Studies, manifestarea ştiinţifică  s-a bucurat de o participare internaţională semnificativă, cu peste 150 de participanţi din  30  de ţări, printre care Marea Britanie, Statele Unite ale Americii, Polonia, Olanda, Suedia, Spania, Israel, Canada, Cipru, Rusia, Egipt, Franţa, Australia, Japonia, Italia, Mexic, India, Ungaria, Norvegia, Ucraina, Brazilia, Lituania, Coreea de Sud, Georgia şi altele. Printre invitaţii de onoare care au ţinut prelegeri în cadrul conferinţei s-au numărat cercetători de prestigiu, precum Alessandra Giorgi şi Giuliana Giusti (Universitatea Ca’ Foscari din Veneţia),  Phoevos Panagiotidis (Universitatea din Cipru), Jacques Moeschler (Universitatea din Geneva), Stephen Prickett (Universitatea din Kent), Adrian Grafe (Universitatea din Artois), Hester Jones (Universitatea din Bristol), Carl Lavery (Universitatea din Glasgow) şi Tereza Sinigalia (Institutul de Istoria Artei „George Oprescu” Bucureşti). Cu această ocazie, Universitatea din Bucureşti i-a decernat doamnei  Giuliana Giusti titlul de Profesor Honoris Causa, iar domnului profesor Stephen Prickett, titlul de Doctor Honoris Causa.

La deschiderea conferinţei au participat prof. dr. Mircea Dumitru, Rector al Universităţii din Bucureşti,  prof. dr. Liviu Franga, Decan al Facultăţii de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine şi  conf. dr. Octavian Roske, Directorul Departamentului de Engleză.

Programul complet al conferinţei poate fi găsit pe site-ul oficial al Departamentului de Engleză, la adresa:



Opening ceremony. Dr. Octavian Roske, Prof. Mircea Dumitru and Prof. Liviu Franga.

Ceremonia de deschidere. Conf. dr. Octavian Roske, prof. dr. Mircea Dumitru și prof. dr. Liviu Franga.


Stephen Prickett: „Memories, Dreams and Selections: Rewriting our Religious Past”


Alessandra Giorgi: „Italian Clitic Left Dislocation and the Architecture of the Left Periphery”


Jacques Moeschler: „The semantics-pragmatics interface: How it works, why we need it, and where it is?”


Adrian Grafe: „A Plea in Favour of Guilt”


Phoevos Panagiotidis: ”The Menagerie, or the elements of grammar”


Carl Lavery: „Contemporary Theatre and the Time of the Sacred”


Giuliana Giusti: „A new classification of psych-verbs: Evidence from Latin and Italian”


Tereza Sinigalia: „Behind the Image – Word and Sense: Sixteenth-Century Mural Paintings in Moldavia”





Dr. Rodica Mihăilă, Executive Director of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission, was honored with a special “Women of Courage Award” nomination, granted by the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, in recognition of her pioneering role in Romanian education. An initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the International “Women of Courage” Award is offered annually to women around the world whose leadership and dedication have contributed to the advancement of society, with a particular emphasis on women’s rights. Dr. Rodica Mihăilă was honored as a tireless advocate for quality in education  and as the founder of American Studies in Romania, which she promoted through the program she created at the University of Bucharest, as well as through her work as the initiator and first president of the Romanian Association of American Studies. During the ceremony which took place on Thursday, April 16, 2015, Dr. Mihaila’s role as Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission was also highlighted as playing a significant role in the future of the Romanian – U.S. bilateral relationship.




American Studies Student Conference CFP


The American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest invites proposals for its annual students’ conference. This year’s topic is “Correlations: Prejudice, Anti-Discrimination Policies and Minority Rights in American Culture.” The conference will be held at the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission (2, Ing. Nicolae Costinescu St, Bucharest), on May 22, 2015. We particularly welcome proposals for 15-minute presentations from both graduate and undergraduate students  that address issues pertaining to prejudice, anti-discrimination, minority rights and struggles in the United States, applied to literature, film, popular culture, visual culture, media content etc., from a wide range of perspectives and (cross-)disciplinary approaches.
Submission Guidelines
Your submission must include:
1. A 250-word abstract attached as an MS Word file. Your abstract must include the paper title and the name of the academic coordinator who has agreed to supervise your paper. Please note that, considering that each presentation will be 15 minutes long, final papers hould be approximately 5-6 pages (Times New Roman, font 12, double-spaced). However, we strongly encourage participants to present and not simply read their papers.
2. 3-5 keywords from your essay;
3. Contact information (name, phone number, and email address).
Please send your submissions via e-mail to

Deadline for submissions: May 3, 2015.
Notifications of proposal acceptance will be communicated by May 12, 2015.
If you have any questions, please write to Dana Mihailescu (


Noi apariții editoriale

Performance and Performativity in Contemporary Indian Fiction in English

Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, University of Bucharest

This book starts with a consideration of a 1997 issue of the New Yorker that celebrated fifty years of Indian independence, and goes on to explore the development of a pattern of performance and performativity in contemporary Indian fiction in English (Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Vikram Chandra). Such fiction, which constructs identity through performative acts, is built around a nomadic understanding of the self and implies an evolution of narrative language towards performativity whereby the text itself becomes nomadic. A comparison with theatrical performance (Peter Brook’s Mahabharata and Girish Karnad’s ‘theatre of roots’) serves to support the argument that in both theatre and fiction the concepts of performance and performativity transform classical Indian mythic poetics. In the mythic symbiosis of performance and storytelling in Indian tradition within a cyclical pattern of estrangement from and return to the motherland and/or its traditions, myth becomes a liberating space of consciousness, where rigid categories and boundaries are transcended.

Embattled Reason, Principled Sentiment and Political Radicalism

Quixotism in English Novels, 1742-1801

Dragoş Ivana, University of Bucharest

Embattled Reason, Principled Sentiment and Political Radicalism: Quixotism in English Novels, 1742-1801 proposes a new understanding of eighteenth-century Quixotism in English thought and literary production. The honourable and reform-oriented envisaging of the world displayed by eighteenth-century English Quixotes reveals a strain of lament and criticism aimed at the rise of commercialism and the pre-eminence of self-interest, patriarchy, political economy, religious conformism and imperial designs. Chapters on Henry Fielding, Sarah Fielding, Henry Mackenzie, Charlotte Lennox, Richard Graves and Charles Lucas exemplify the period’s marketplace diversity while convincingly claiming intellectual common ground. Quixotism appears as a discourse serving ethic-political ends, in which its very formulation as a genteel, though eccentric, assembly of principled sentiments enables social intervention and a political critique upheld by comedy and Whiggish sympathetic laughter.