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RUUCIB members discuss bioethical issues at a National Symposium in Salistea de Sus, Maramures

Three researchers from RUUCIB – Sandu Frunza, Iulia Grad, and Mihaela Frunza – participated at the works of the VIIth National Symposium “Cultura si civilizatie in Maramures” in Salistea de  Sus, Maramures, on August 13-14, 2015. This year’s edition, a honorary one, was attended by specialists in various fields, from the Romanian Academy to university professors from various university cities in Romania (Cluj, Bucuresti, Timisoara, Arad, Baia Mare etc.). The organizers – Stefan Iuga (mayor of Salistea de Sus) and Simion Iuga (cultural referent) have managed to create a significant scientific and cultural event.

The presentation of Sandu Frunza and Iulia Grad touched upon the topic of “The symbolic dimension of ethics and politics in the communication of advertising” (in Romanian). They work together at the Department of Communication, PR and Advertising from Babes-Bolyai University. In their recent projects, they are both focusing on the topics of ethics and advertising. Sandu Frunza has summed up several ideas on biopolitics,  religion and political communication that he analyzed in the collective research grant CNCS – UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0481. Meanwhile, Iulia Grad’s work on advertising and ethics has been supported by the Sectorial Operational Programme Human Resources Development (SOP HRD), financed from the European Social Fund and by the Romanian Government under the contract number SOP HRD/159/1.5/S/136077.

The other RUUCIB member, Mihaela Frunza, presented several insights on “Human dignity and organ trafficking. Ethical and juridical aspects” (in Romanian). The worrying realities of the trafficking in human persons for the purpose of organ removal (THBOR) were exposed and critically analyzed. The presentation attempted also to familiarize the audience with the recent developments of the HOTT project – the first European funded project on the topic of THBOR. The results of the project – with its important lessons – were discussed in the end of the presentation.

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