Humanities, Technology and Cultural resilience

Mação, May 4th to 8th, 2020


Harold Sjursen is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy New York University, Professor of NYU-Tandon School of Engineering, NYU-Abu Dhabi & NYU-Shanghai, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy: Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University (Kolkata), Visiting Research Professor at the Higher Education Research Institute, East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai) and Visiting Professor of Engineering Ethics: Beihang University (Beijing). He has an academic background is in the history of philosophy, with an interest in science and technology. His current research and writing interests focus on the philosophy of technology, global philosophy and technological ethics. Current projects reflect these theoretical perspectives. Engineering education projects address issues related to the internationalisation of higher education, the integration of the liberal arts and engineering, and ethics "beyond the codes" for engineers. A collaborative project to consider the impact of traditional and cultural values on the environment and natural ecology of China and India (with particular reference to water management) will involve international legal experts, cultural historians, environmental scientists and engineers.

Arlindo Oliveira is a professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). I obtained a PhD from UC Berkeley in 1994, under a Fulbright fellowship, after a BSc and a MSc from IST, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. My major areas of interest are Algorithms and Complexity, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics and Digital Circuit Design. I have worked at CERN, Cadence Laboratories and INESC-ID. I am a member of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering and a senior member of IEEE.

Dan Popovici was born in Bacau, Romania, in 1951. After graduating the High School of Fine Arts ”N. Tonitza” in Bucharest between 1965 - `69, he studied Glass Art in the Institute of Fine Arts ”N. Grigorescu” in Bucharest between 1970 - `75. Next, until 1978 he worked in the Glass Factory of Targu Jiu as glass-designer, also making artistic experiments concerning the glass. In this period he participated at the International Exhibition „Coburger Glass-preis” (Germany `76) and his works has been selected by the Corning Museum of Glass in the catalogues „New Glass” in `77 and `78. Since 1979 Dan Popovici is teaching at the National University of Arts – Bucharest. He is a member of Romanian Artists` Association from 1982. The artist exhibited his works in three personal exhibitions, participated in several National Exhibitions and Symposiums and at many International Exhibitions: Coburg, ”Glass Kunst” Kassel, Munchen, Erfurt / Germany, ”The International Exhibition of Glass”, Kanazawa / Japan, „Zentralschweizer Glass-preis” Luzern/ Swisserland, Montreal / Canada, “International Ceramic & Glass Exhibition”, Eskişehir / Turkey, “International Biennale of Glass”, Sofia / Bulgaria.

Dragos Gheorghiu is a cultural anthropologist, experimental archaeologist and professional visual artist, currently teaching at the Doctoral School of the University of Arts in Bucharest. He has conducted advanced theoretical and practical research in the study of prehistoric pyro-technologies, has organised experimental archaeology projects in Romania and Sardinia and acted as editor and co-editor of conference volumes on imagination, prehistoric design, fire in archaeology, ancient ceramics, figurines, stamps, architecture and place. His pioneering studies on the archaeological imagination and experientiality are divided into the uses of art to augment the reality of the archaeological record and the use of mobile applications with Augmented &Mixed Reality, to make visible the rites of passage and other undistinguishable cultural features. His recent research is concerned with the problem of immersion in re-enactments and in reconstructed contexts in Augmented and Mixed Reality. Professor Gheorghiu is member of several international societies of archaeology, The Association of Professional Artists in Romania, and Paul Mellon Fellow at the Center of Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Renaldas Gudauskas is prof. Director-General of the National Library of Lithuania, Member of the Executive Committee of the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO, representative of Lithuania in the UNESCO Information for All Programme Intergovernmental Council member, Expert of European Science Foundation (Knowledge Economy&Management).

Hsiung Ping-Chen received her Ph.D. in History from Brown University and her S.M. in Population Studies and International Health from Harvard University. She is Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and chair of the CIPSH Chair at University of California Irvine Chair in Global Humanities. Her main research interest lies in the area of women’s and children’s health. She is the founder and coordinator of the Asian New Humanities Network. Her works included A Tender Voyage: Children and Childhood in Late Imperial China, Childhood in the Past: A History of Chinese Children and Ill or Well: Diseases and Health of Young Children in Late Imperial China.

Luís Oliveira, as a Professor of Informatics Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, teaches computer networks, IoT, and data and infrastructure security related courses. He is the director of the degree in informatics engineering and also collaborates as a contractor with Extreme Networks as a technical trainer and professional services engineer in the EMEA region team. He holds a Ph.D. in Informatics Engineering from University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal and his thesis addressed the challenges associated with the interconnectivity between the Internet and the IoT devices and with the security aspects of the IoT. He has authored or co-authored over twenty papers in international refereed journals and conferences cited more than 750 times according to Google Scholar. He collaborates as a reviewer with several international journals and as member of the editorial board with Applied System Innovation journal (mdpi). He is the vice director of the Smart Cities research center.

Luiz Oosterbeek is professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar. Secretary-General of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences. Research: archaeology, heritage, landscape management in Portugal, Africa, Southern America. Prizes and awards: European Commission, Brazilian Lawyers Bar, Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Gulbenkian Foundation, Foundation for Science and Technology and several private sponsors. Author: over 300 papers and 50 books. President of ITM. Guest Professor in several Universities in Europe, Africa, Brazil and China. Vice-President of HERITY. Vice-Director of the Geosciences Centre of Coimbra University. Past UISPP SG. UNESCO chair holder “Humanities and Cultural Integrated Landscape management”.

Erika M. Robrahn-González holds a graduation in History and Master in Social Anthropology, with training in Archaeology through Doctorate, Post-Doctoral and Advanced Teaching. She is vice president of UISPP (Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques) and president of the UISPP Scientific Committee "Archaeological Heritage Policies and Management Structures". She is a collaborating researcher at instituto Terra e Memória (ITM), Mação, Portugal, and collaborating researcher at the Geosciences Centre of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She has been a master scientist at the DOCUMENTO Group since 1987, is a member of the UNESCO-IPT Chair "Humanities, Territory and Development" and a guest researcher at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Berlin, Germany (2018).

Mu-chou Poo (PhD in Egyptology, Johns Hopkins 1984), is Research Professor of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Director of Centre for the Comparative Study of Antiquity, CUHK. He had worked as a Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei, from 1984-2009, and taught at various places, including Columbia, UCLA, and Grinnell College. Research interests includereligionand societyinancient Egypt and China. Major publicationsinclude Burial and the Idea of Life and Death: Essay on Ancient Chinese Religion(Taipei, 1993); Wine and Wine Offering in the Religion of Ancient Egypt(London, 1995); In Search of Personal Welfare: A View of Ancient Chinese Religion(Albany, 1998);Enemies of Civilization: Attitudes toward Foreigners in Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and China(Albany, 2005). (Ed.) Rethinking Ghosts in World Religions(Leiden: Brill, 2009). (Ed. With H. A. Drake and Lisa Raphals) Old Society, New Belief, Religious Transformation of China and Rome, ca. 1st-6thCenturies(OxfordUniversity Press, 2017), Daily Life in Ancient China(CambridgeUniversity Press,2018).

Steven Hartman is Guest Professor in English in the Dept of Languages & Literature at Mälardalen University, in Västerås, Sweden. Since 2008 he has led the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES) and he convened the newly launched Humanities for the Environment Circumpolar Observatory anchored at Stefansson Arctic Institute (Iceland). His work promotes collaboration among scientists, environmental humanists and civil society in mobilizing constructive public action on climate change.

Ana Cristina Lopes received the M.Sc and the Ph.D degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 2003 and 2013, respectively. Her current research interests include assisted navigation, collaborative control, human-robot interaction, and machine learning. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, and Integrated Researcher at the Institute for Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra.

Fabio Carbone is a lecturer of International Tourism Management and research fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University (UK). His research focuses mainly on the relations between cultural heritage management, tourism and the promotion of intercultural dialogue, global understanding and peace. He is Ambassador-at-large of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT), and IIPT Special Envoy to Iran. Member of the British Higher Education Academy and external member of research groups such as the CGEO - Research Unit "Geosciences Centre" - Group on Quaternary and Prehistory of Geoscience Centre (CIARTE) - University of Coimbra, (Portugal); GOVCOPP - Research Unit in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies, University of Aveiro (Portugal); L-tour - Tourism Laboratory of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, (Portugal).

Ioana Stelea (b.1988, Romania) was trained at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. She also was trained in the Czech Republic as an Erasmus student, and worked with several European engraving masters. In 2019 she completed a Ph.D. in Glass Art at the National University of Arts in Bucharest where she is now employed. Ioana is active as an artist, as a researcher, and as a teacher of glass engraving. Her work is displayed in public collections and she had many solo exhibitions, as well as participations in group shows.