CASA UNIVERSITARILOR, University of Bucharest
46, Dionisie Lupu st.
030167 Bucharest
Vlad the Impaler (a.k.a. the inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic novel and subsequent myth of "Dracula") set here the capital of Wallachia, the southern historical region of what later became Romania. His successors brought in the charms of late Italian Renaissance and the splendors of Istanbul luxuries, often in hectic doses, like much of their reigns. 

During the 19th century, the foreign travelers using the iconic Orient Express services nicknamed it Little Paris, due to its French-inspired architecture, chic shopping and omnipresent use of French. 

Whether it is the delicious local desert “papanaşi” or a refined wine tasting session, discovering the places where once worked and lived famous political scientists of Romanian origin such as David Mitrany, Mattei DoganGhiţă Ionescu or Serge Hurtig, walking on the footsteps of vanguard artists Constantin Brâncuşi, Tristan Tzara and Eugen Ionescu, fashionable writers Emil Cioran and Norman Manea, controversial history of religions scholar Mircea Eliade or glamorous contemporary opera diva Angela Gheorghiu, strolling through the calm streets of the forgotten Armenian and Jewish quarters, following the intricate details of the frescoes on the inner and outer walls of its hundreds of small churches, dreaming about idyllic rural life while walking on the grass-invaded alleys of a traditional village with original houses from all the corners of Romania at the Village Museum, watching people while enjoying a drink at one of the popular pubs and terraces of the Old City Centre, or simply take a sunbath in one of its many parks, just let yourself immerse in the city’s vibrant atmosphere and you will get stories for a lifetime.

Romanian, the official language of Romania, is a Romance language related to Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Starting from early 1800s and for almost one century and a half, French has been the main language for daily interaction within the circles of Romanian elites. However, for several decades now, English has become the dominant language of communication with foreigners. Therefore, if you need to buy something or ask for direction, you can do it
 English (and sometimes even in Spanish or Italian) especially with young people. 

Alongside Romanian, other languages such as Hungarian, Rromani, German, Yiddish, Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Albanian and Turkish are also spoken within various local ethnic minorities contexts but for the usual traveler to Bucharest these are less visible.

Currently, its growing population of international clubbers and expats refer to it as the New Berlin, for its hype yet low-key cosmopolitan vibe, mishmash of experiments in early 20th century modernism and the scarring legacies of its recent totalitarian past, including the largest administrative building in Europe (and second in the world, after the US Pentagon). 

Yet, after hundreds of years of palimpsestic urban planning, beyond all labels and for the traveler open to new experiences, Bucharest remains uniquely itself: The City of Joys *. For all tastes. 

* in Romanian "bucurie"
Since its establishment in 1991 in direct opposition with the communist party education, the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest (FSPUB) has been the leading Romanian higher education institution in innovative, multilingual and interdisciplinary political science teaching and research, at international standards (read more, official website of the faculty).


The conference will take place at CASA UNIVERSITARILOR, a mid-19th century Romantic Gothic building which belongs to the University of Bucharest and is located in the city centre, within walking distance of major landmarks, hotels and restaurants for all budgets (see map below).

Address: 46, Dionisie Lupu st. (one way street, entry from Piața Lahovary)

Public transport:
Stația Piața Romană (TROLLEYBUSES - 79,86; BUSES - 126, 131, 133, 168, 226, 268, 300, 331, 368, 381; NIGHT BUSES - N117, N119; EXPRESS BUS to the airport - 783; METRO - Blue line)
Stația Nicolae Bălcescu (on George Enescu street: BUSES - 126, 300, 368)
Stația Nicolae Golescu (on C.A. Rosetti street: BUSES - 122, 137, 138, 268) 
Stația Nicolae Bălcescu (on Dem I. Dobrescu street: BUSES -
126, 168, 226, 300, 368)

Read more about transport in Bucharest

Conference venue - Casa Universitarilor

For those who will use the accommodation facilities offered by the University of Bucharest, Academica building, the map below indicates the entrance. The building is between the National Opera House and the Rectorate of the University of Bucharest (Faculty of Law/Facultatea de Drept). The building is U-shaped, with the opening towards the Rectorate. The entrance for Academica is on the side furthest from the boulevard, facing the inner courtyard.  


Address: 36-46, Bd. M.Kogalniceanu (one way boulevard)

Public transport:
Facultatea de Drept: (on the M.Kogălniceanu Blvd., across the Academica building, TROLLEYS: 61, 66, 70, 85, 90, 91)
Eroilor (on the Știrbei Vodă Blvd., BUSES: 122, 168, 268, 368)
Eroilor (across the National Opera House, METRO: Yellow line)