Professor Dr. Alexander L. Gungov, M.A., Ph.D.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Professor Dr. Alexander L. Gungov, M.A., Ph.D.
Professor Dr. Gungov is a Professor of Ethical Leadership and Senior Fellow of New Westminster College and is an internationally respected scholar in philosophy. He earned a M.A. in Philosophy and English from Sofia University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Sofia University in 1996. Professor Dr. Gungov presently serves as a Professor of Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Sofia University and he has language proficiency in English, Bulgarian, Russian and Italian.
Professor Dr. Gungov is also an Adjunct Professor for the M.A. Program in American and British Studies at the New Bulgarian University, and presently serves in several senior administrative positions, including: Director of the M.A. and Ph.D. Programs in Philosophy taught in English at Sofia University, Director of the M.A. and Ph.D. Programs in Organizational Management and Diplomacy (distance learning) at Sofia University, and Editor of the Sofia Philosophical Review.
Professor Dr. Gungov has been a Visiting Scholar and Professor at numerous universities, including: Sofia University, Stanford University, Emory University, Pädagogische Hochschule-Freiburg, American University in Bulgaria and LaGrange College. He is Co-founder of the Mediterranean Phenomenological Network, University of Naples (June 2007); Member of the Advisory Board, The Encyclopedia of the Developing World, London: Routledge, 2006 (2001-2005); Host of Professor Dr. Jeffrey Mirel and Professor Dr. William L. McBride to teach with Fulbright support at the M.A. and Ph.D. Program in Philosophy Taught in English, SofiaUniversity (June 2002; September 1997-January 1998); Member of the Editorial Board, Open Society Press-Sofia, 1998-2001; Member of the Self-Evaluation Team, Phare Multi-Country Programme in Higher Education ZZ-95.20 Quality Assurance in Higher Education, carried out at Sofia University by the Quality Support Centre, Open University in London, May 1998; and Member of the Liberal Arts Education Forum, organized by the Fulbright Commission –Bulgaria, 1997-1998.
Professor Dr. Gungov’s experience in international academic cooperation, includes: Initiator of Erasmus agreements between the School of Philosophy, Sofia University and Departments of Philosophy at the University of Naples, University of Copenhagen, University of Amiens, University of Rouen, University of Karlsruhe, University of Bern, Milltown Institute, and the University of Basel. He has proactively recruited international students for the Graduate Program in Philosophy Taught in English from the following countries: Albania, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Congo, Greece, Denmark, France, Holland, Italy, Kosovo (a nation recognized by the BG Government), Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Nigeria, Norway, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
Professor Dr. Gungov’s external research funding and awards include: University of Bern Erasmus Grant, April 2009; Grant by the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office in Sofia to publish No. 1 and No. 2, Vol. II, 2008 of the Sofia Philosophical Review; Sofia University Erasmus Grant to visit the University of Naples (June 2007) and the University of Amiens (October 2008); The Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia and Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University Grant to organize an international symposium on The Addressees of the EU Internal and Eternal Policies: De Jure and Facto (Prof. William L. McBride, keynote speaker), Sofia, September 24-25, 2008; Centro di Studi Vichiani Travel Grant, June 2007; Central European Exchange Program for University Studies Grant to lecture at the Palacký University, Olomouc, April 2007; The Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia, the Goethe Institute-Sofia, and the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Sofia Grant to organize an international symposium on Values and Rights in Expanding Europe: Mutual Enrichment through Different Traditions, Sofia University (Prof. Mario Losano, keynote speaker), June 3-4, 2006; The Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia grant to organize an International Symposium on European Integration in Philosophical Perspective (Prof. Domenico Jervolino, keynote speaker),Sofia University, June 10-11, 2005; Sofia University and Open Society Institute-Sofia Teaching Excellence Grant to further develop the course on Philosophy of Culture for the M.A. Program in Philosophy Taught in English (July 2004); Open Society Fund-Sofia travel Grant, to visit LaGrange College and the Department of Philosophy at Emory University (January-March, 2000); Fulbright Senior Research Grant, Department of Philosophy at Emory University( January-June, 1999); Culture and Gender Program at the Soros Institute Budapest funding to organize an international seminar on Challenges of the Current Social Crisis in Bulgaria: Its Significance for the Women, the New Bulgarian University, November 11, 1997; Goethe Institute-Sofia and Open Society Fund-Sofia Grant to organize an International Symposium on Culture and Border, Sofia University, June 13-14, 1997; Foundation for Promotion of Civil Society and Open Society Fund-Sofia Grant to organize an international conference on Civil Society in South East Europe: Ethical and Philosophical Perspectives, 25-26 April, 1997, American University in Bulgaria; Open Society Fund-Sofia travel Grant to visit Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University (March 1996); Open Society Fund-Sofia and Foundation for Development of Civil Society Grant to organize an international conference on Civil Society in South East Europe: Philosophical and Ethical Perspectives, American University in Bulgaria, April 1997; Open Society Fund-Sofia Grant to organize an international conference on Contemporary European Philosophy: Traditions and Transitions, American University in Bulgaria, September 30-October 1, 1995; and the Emory University teaching Grant and Central European University External Teaching Program Fellowship to do research and prepare a course at Emory University (September-December, 1992).
Professor Dr. Gungov has delivered the following presentations in English: “Introduction to Vico’ Poetic Wisdom” and “Loyola’s Ethics”, Department of History of Ideas, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, October 25-27, 2010; “Vico’s Criticism of Descarttes and Modernity”, Department of History of Ideas, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, October 25-27, 2010; Elements of Dialectic in Deceptive Public Discourse, Department of Philosophy, University of Rouen, November 4, 2009; “Manipulation in Times of Crises: A Philosophical Interpretation”, Conference on Strategies of Contemporary Philosophizing, University of Kiev, July 2, 2009; “Contemporary Social Identity”, Identity between the Unspeakable and the Dreadful, Université de Picadie-Jules-Verne, October 16, 2008; “Intellectuals Being Isolated in Europe: Some Reflections on the History of Italian Philosophy”, Addressees of the EU Internal and External Policies, Sofia University, September 24, 2008; “Vico’s Criticism of Descartes’ Moral and Cognitive Optimism”, Section on Modern Philosophy, XXII World Philosophy Congress, July 30, 2008; “American and Canadian Government Funding Opportunities for North American Students in Bulgaria”, 8th International Fulbright Conference on Education and Society: Problems, Prospects, Prognoses, Sofia, 11 April, 2008; Non-Classical Trends in Public Deception, Department of Philosophy, University of Freiburg, October 2007; Applying Philosophy against Propaganda and Manipulation, Department of History, Palacký University, Olomouc, April 2007; “The Impact of the International Student Mobility on the Bulgarian Higher Education”, 7th International Fulbright Conference on Culture, Education and Leadership Today and Tomorrow, Sofia, May 13, 2006; “The Role of Intellectuals in Building Cultural Identities”, First South-East European Summer School on Political Theory, Sofia University Black Sea Campus, Kiten, September 18, 2005; “The European Integration beyond Propaganda”, an International Symposium on the European Integration in Philosophical Perspective, Sofia University, June 11, 2005; “Simulacra and the New World Order”, XXI World Philosophy Congress, Istanbul, August 13, 2003; “Byzantium and Theology of the Eastern Church”, LaGrange College, October 24, 2002; Comments on W. McBride’s book From Yugoslav Praxis to Global Pathos, Central Division Meeting, The American Philosophical Association, April 28, 2002; “Bulgarian Higher Education on the Threshold of the European Union”, School of Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 21, 2002 and Emory’s Russian and East European Studies Center, April 18, 2002; “Vico’s Metaphysics and Sartre’s Humanism”, Division of Humanities, LaGrange College, February 13, 2002; “Orthodox Sobornost’ and Cloakroom Communities”, conference on Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Europe, University of Leeds, UK, June 28, 2001; “Liberal Art Education, Civic Virtues, and Civic Apathy”, conference on Globalization and Cultural Differences, the Bulgarian American Fulbright Commission, May 2000; “Restoration of the Civil Society in the Balkans: Civic Virtues and Market Values”, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Emory University, March 8, 2000; “Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe: Civic Virtues and Market Values”, LaGrange College, GA, March 1, 2000; “1989-1999: A Decade of Transition from Civic to Economic Values in Eastern Europe”, Philosophy Colloquium Series, University of North Florida, April 15, 1999; “Early Warning System in Bulgaria”, Carter Center, Emory University, March 29, 1999; “Religious Education in Bulgarian Schools”, Conference on Laity East and West, University of Leeds, July 2, 1998; Participation in the round table discussion on “The Liberal Education and the Role of Humanities in a Changing World” at the international conference on Education and Civil Society in the Post-Totalitarian World, Fulbright Commission, Sofia, May 1998; Participation in the round table discussion on “From Heidegger and Wittgenstein on” at the conference on After Post Modernism, University of Chicago, November 14-16, 1997; “Vico’s Philosophy of History”, American University in Bulgaria, September 1996; “Social and Religious Crisis in Bulgaria”, Rosemont College (Pennsylvania), November 1993; “Role of Philosophy in Cultural and Social Change in Bulgaria”; Center for Soviet, Post-Soviet, and East European Studies, Emory University, November 1992; and “The Main Themes in Italian Philosophy” (undergraduate lecture at Dr. Andrea Baldi’s class), French and Italian Department, Emory University, October 1992.
Professor Dr. Gungov has delivered the following presentations in Bulgarian: Duns Scott and Adorno on Deceptive Public Language, Conference deicated to T. Adorno’s Anniversary,University of Plovdiv, March 5, 2010; Participation in the Round Table on Transcendental Language, South Western University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, May 18, 2009; “Applying Hermeneutics and Critical Thinking to Medicine,” Annual Conference at the Institute for Philosophical Research, The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, December 21, 2008; “Gramsci and Negri on Hegemony”, Marx Anniversary Conference, Sofia University, October 24, 2008; “Distortion of Public Discourse by the Media,” Annual Conference at the Institute for Philosophical Research, The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, December 17, 2007; “Ethical and Logical Issues in Contemporary Propaganda,” Annual Conference at the Institute for Philosophical Research, The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, December 12, 2006; “The Metaphysical Reasons for the Original Failure of the Modern Civilization according to Giambattista Vico”, School of Philosophy, Sofia University Annual Meeting, May 9, 2006; “Manipulation Techniques in the Political Discourse”, a public lecture dedicated to the International Day of Philosophy, Sofia University, November 18, 2004; “An Attempt for a Semiotic Analysis of Commercials: Following Roland Barthes” School of Philosophy, Sofia University Annual Meeting, May 2004; “Utopia and Anti-Utopia on the Background of the New World Order”, School of Philosophy, Sofia University Annual Meeting, May 2003; “Giambattista Vico on Sensus Communis“, School of Philosophy, Sofia University Annual Meeting, May 1998; “Between Religious and Knight Order: Ignatius of Loyola’s Views on Education”, School of Philosophy, Sofia University Annual Meeting, May 1997; “Self-Consciousness of the Academia in Humanities in the End of the 20th Century”, 50th Anniversary Fulbright Conference, Sofia, May 1996; “Time and Autobiography in Descartes”, School of Philosophy, Sofia University Annual Meeting, May 1996; “The Lady Metaphysics: Symbol and Philosophy in Vico”, School of Philosophy, Sofia University Annual Meeting, May 1995; “The Word and the Tradition of the Italian Humanism”, School of Philosophy, Sofia University Annual Meeting, May 1994; and “An Existentialist Interpretation of Descartes’ Life”, School of Philosophy, Sofia University Annual Meeting, April 1991.
Professor Dr. Alexander L. Gungov, M.A., Ph.D. is committed to the development of world-class higher education programs in ethical leadership and the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.
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