First World Congress for the Comparative Study of Civilizations

Plenary Speakers

President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, USA
Katherine E. Fleming is President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture & Civilization in the Department of History and in the Onassis Program for Hellenic Studies. Her work is primarily concerned with the emergence of the Modern Greek state over the course of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the particular role played in it by changing attitudes towards religious affiliation. She is currently co-PI on a major oral history project in Greece, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Fleming has served FAS as Associate Director and then Director of the Remarque Institute, as Director of the Center for Mediterranean & European Studies, and as Director of the A.S. Onassis Program for Hellenic Studies.
Corina Adriana Dumitrescu
President of the Senate of Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, Romania
Corina Adriana Dumitrescu is the President of the Senate of Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, from Bucharest, Romania. She is Professor of law and philosophy of law, author of books and studies on legal theory and legal philosophy. She is the co-founder of Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University.
Arizona State University, USA
Ileana Alexandra Orlich is Director of Romanian Studies and President’s Professor of Comparative Literature in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. She also directs the Central European Cultural Collaborative and the European Studies Certificate. She is the author of translations from Romanian fiction and Spanish and Russian theater. She wrote stage adaptations in English and French for performances in Romania, France, and the US and published numerous scholarly articles. Her monographs include Subversive Stages: Theater in Pre-and Post-Communist Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria (CEU Press, 2017); Myth and Modernity in the Twentieth-Century Romanian Novel (Columbia UP, 2009); Articulating Gender, Narrating the Nation: Allegorical Femininity in Romanian Fiction (Columbia UP, 2004); Silent Bodies: (Re)Discovering the Women of Romanian Short Fiction (Columbia UP, 2002). Since 2000, Orlich has served as Hon. Consul General of Romania in Arizona.
President of the Mongolian Academy of Culture and Poetry, Mongolia
The Mongolian poet G. Mend-Ooyo was born and raised in a nomadic herding family, where his life consisted of the endless steppe, the blue sky and the stars, livestock, swift horses, the long-song, folk stories and camel caravans. Mend-Ooyo is one of the principal figures in Mongolia involved in the revival of traditional script culture and artistic techniques, and in the study and protection of cultural heritage. Mend-Ooyo's writings deal with the life of Mongolia’s nomadic herders, their culture and cultural knowledge. In his style and thematic material, he seeks to express the melody and richness of the Mongol language and nomadic society. His works have been translated into over fifty languages.
Former President of Mongolia
Nambaryn Enkhbayar is is a Mongolian politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Mongolia from 2000 to 2004, as Speaker of the Parliament from 2004 to 2005, and as President of Mongolia from 2005 to 2009. He is the first person to have held all of the top three positions in the Mongolian government.
Michael Mools
Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Michael Molls was the director of the Clinic for Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology at TUM from 1992 to 2014. Further activities include serving as member of the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board at the TUM hospital “Rechts der Isar” and head of the Tumor Centre (Tumorzentrum, TZM) München of both Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) and TUM. He was particularly committed to process, result, and structure quality of interdisciplinary oncology. He is is the author of approximately 400 reviewed publications and editor of textbooks, monographs and series of books on radiation oncology, radiation biology, medical physics, and recently on the topic of sustainability.
Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Musata Bocos is Professor at Babes-Bolyai University, Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. She has been PhD Supervisor in the field of Educational Sciences since 2009. Her main areas of interest are the theory, methodology and management of training, interactive pedagogy, and didactics of educational sciences.
Radu Grosu
Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Radu Grosu is Professor of Cyber-Physical Systems at Vienna University of Technology. His research interests include modeling, analysis and control of cyber-physical and biological systems and application focus includes green operating systems, mobile ad-hoc networks, automotive systems, the Mars rover, cardiac-cell networks and genetic regulatory networks.
Dinos Koubatis is Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Valencia, honorary member of the Kyiv Academy of Sciences, the Felgueira Academy of Portugal, the Society of Writers of Greece, the National Society of Writers of Cyprus and others. His work has been awarded national and international prizes, being translated into numerous languages, such as French, English, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Polish.
Lynn Rhodes
President of the ISCSC
Lynn Rhodes is an international, independent consultant and scholar. She is the President of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations.
President of the Asian Politics and History Association
Robert Bedeski is Professor Emeritus at University of Victoria, Affiliate Professor with the University of Washington, and the President of the Asian Politics and History Association.
Western Michigan University, USA
Andrew Targowski is Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University. He was President of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (2007-2013) and chairman of the Advisory Council of the Information Resources Management Association (1995-2005).
Soka University of America, USA
Robert Allinson is Professor of philosophy at Soka University of America. His works primarily focus on theoretical philosophy, comparative philosophy, management ethics, environmental ethics, public health ethics.
David Wilkinson studies long-term and large-scale phenomena in world politics, including empires and systems of independent states. His research explores the fluctuations in the power structures of civilizations and world systems on very long-time scales, while also touching on contemporary issues of multipolarity, unipolarity and hegemony. Professor Wilkinson serves as an editor for the Journal of World-Systems Research and the Comparative Civilizations Review.