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Diana Acosta Navas
Postdoctoral Scholar, Philosophy
BioDiana Acosta-Navas is an Embedded EthiCS fellow at Stanford University, based in the Center for Ethics in Society (EiS) and the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University, where she worked as adjunct lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She was a recipient of the Edmond J. Safra Center Graduate Fellowship during the academic year 2017-2018, and worked as part of the Embedded EthiCS program in the years 2019 and 2020. Diana studied Philosophy at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, after which she did a Master's program at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
She works at the intersection of applied ethics, political philosophy, and public policy, addressing issues related to the protection of human rights in scenarios where violence, prejudice and inequality prevent their effective exercise. She has worked on analyzing the moral and political significance of transitional justice institutions and how these can be morally justified to the victims of human rights violations. Her current work analyzes how the moral principles that inspire the right to free speech may be best upheld in the current public forum and the role of digital platforms in creating conditions for a healthy public debate.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Music
BioConstantin Basica is a Romanian composer living in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose current work focuses on symbiotic interrelations between music, video, and performers. His portfolio includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, electronics, and video. His works have been performed in Europe, North America, and Asia by artists and ensembles such as Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Liminar, ELISION Ensemble, Distractfold, Mocrep, JACK Quartet, Spektral Quartet, kallisti, RAGE Thormbones, line upon line, Retro Disco, Fresh Squeezed Opera, Séverine Ballon, Tony Arnold, Karen Bentley Pollick, and Olga Berar. Among the festivals and conferences that have featured his works are the MATA Festival (NY), Currents New Media Festival (NM), the International Week of New Music (RO), InnerSound New Arts Festival (RO), the International Festival for Video Art and Visual Music (MX), Aveiro Síntese Biennale for Electroacoustic Music (PT), Eureka! Musical Minds of California (CA), the 2017 and 2018 International Computer Music Conference (CN and KR) and the 2016 Sound and Music Computing Conference (DE). He received the ICMA Award for Best Submission from Europe at the 42nd ICMC in Shanghai (CN).
Constantin earned a DMA in Composition at Stanford University under the guidance of Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Applebaum, and Erik Ulman. His previous mentors were Georg Hajdu, Manfred Stahnke, Fredrik Schwenk, and Peter Michael Hamel during his MA and Erasmus Scholarship at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre (DE), as well as Dan Dediu, Nicolae Coman, Doina Rotaru, and Bogdan Voda during his BA studies in Composition and Conducting at the National University of Music Bucharest (RO).
As an educator, Constantin has taught and conducted workshops at Stanford University, Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico City (MX), the 2016 Sound and Music Computing Summer School in Hamburg (DE), the George Enescu National College of Music and the International Center for Research and Education in Innovative and Creative Technologies (CINETic) in Bucharest (RO).He is the recipient of the 2018 Carolyn Applebaum Memorial Prize and the 2015 Chair’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Music at Stanford University.
Graduate Visiting Researcher Student, Philosophy
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMetaphysics, Philosophy of Nature, Hegel, German Idealism, Kant, Aristotle
Postdoctoral Scholar, Iberian & Latin American Cultures
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsEnvironmental Humanities (Blue Humanities, Geo-Writings, Energy Humanities), Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Cultural Studies, Art Research, Multispecies Studies, Future Studies, Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, Humanities-led Sustainability Studies
Current collaborative research:
-Cheguhem, Mauricio; Castro, Azucena; Rosa Rivero, Sofía, eds. Edited number: “Humanidades ambientales en América Latina: encuentro entre artes, literaturas y ciencias.” In Humanidades. Revista de la Universidad de Montevideo (Forthcoming, 1 edition 2023): http://revistas.um.edu.uy/index.php/revistahumanidades/announcement
-Castro, Azucena; Acosta, Santiago; Marques, Nuno, eds., edited book: “Ecopoesía, ecopoéticas y nuevas políticas ecológicas en el poema” (in progress).