EdAlt Institute

Prof. Dr. Aurel Codoban

Profesor Codoban graduated from the Faculty of History and Philosophy at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj in 1972 with a thesis titled “The Sociology of Artwork.” In 1984, he obtained a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a thesis on “French Structuralism and Cultural Issues.” Since 1993, he has been a professor at Babeș-Bolyai University (where he was the head of the Department of Philosophy for several years) and at Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University. He has received postgraduate research scholarships (DAAD, Soros, and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship), conducted research stages in Denmark and the Netherlands, and was a visiting professor at CEU, Budapest, from April to June 2006.

He was a special guest for three consecutive years (2013-2015) at the Gala of Excellence in Mediation held in Cluj-Napoca.

He has been the Academic Director of SACRI (Academic Society for Research on Religions and Ideologies) since 2002 (www.sacri.ro), and since 2006, he has held the position of Vice President of AROSS (Romanian Association for Semiotic Studies), affiliated with IASS-AIS (International Association for Semiotic Studies).

University Courses

Sign Theory and Interpretation (Semiotics), Gender Communication, Body and Communication, Communication in Late Modernity, Gestural Semiotics, Communication and Negotiation in Business.

Course Materials

  • Philosophy – course material, CFCID Psychology, UBB Cluj, 1999, revised and expanded edition in 2000.
  • Sign Theory and Interpretation – course material, CFCID Philosophy, UBB Cluj, 2000.
  • Gestures, Words, and Lies: A Small Treatise on Extended and Applied Gestural Semiotics, Eikon, Cluj-Napoca, 2014.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Romanian Academy Award (Constantin Rădulescu-Motru) for the year 1998 (awarded in December 2000) for “Sacred and Ontophany,” Polirom Publishing House, Iași, 1998, p. 197.
  • Dacia Cultural Foundation’s Philosophy Book of the Year Award (Sign and Interpretation. A Postmodern Introduction to Semiotics and Hermeneutics, “Dacia” Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 2001).
  • Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies Award for the year 2002 (for “Philosophy of Communication”).
  • Babeș-Bolyai University Award for the year 2004 for the work “Twilight of Love,” Idea Design and Print, Cluj-Napoca, 2004.

Membership in Scientific Organizations

  • Director of the “Academos” collection at “Dacia” Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 1998 – Present.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Philosophy, 2001 – Present.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of “Piața Literară” Magazine, 2001 – Present.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of “Tribuna” Magazine, 2003 – Present.
  • Member of the Scientific Board of Hermeneia Magazine,

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