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.
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 Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany
Günter Stock has been President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 2006. He was Vice-President and member of the Senate and Executive Committee of the Max Planck Society (MPG) until 2011 and Chair of the Jury of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis of the Federal President of Germany until 2012. He is senator of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, senator and member of the Joint Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering, member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, member of the Academia Europaea, member of the Forschungsunion Wirtschaft – Wissenschaft of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, member of various steering committees, supervisory boards and scientific institutions (inter alia Carl Zeiss AG, Charité) and spokesperson of the network HealthCapital Berlin-Brandenburg.
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.
Supreme Leader of Mongolian Buddhists, Mongolia
Gabju Demberel Choijamts is the highest-ranking Buddhist leader of Mongolia. Since 1992, he is the Supreme Leader of the Centre of All Mongolian Buddhists and Abbot of Gandantegchinlen Monastery.
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.