Vlad B. Jecan
Graduate Program, Teaching Assistant

Basic Information

Curriculum Vitae:
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Selected Publications:
  • Rei Magosaki. Tricksters and Cosmopolitans: Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Asian American Literary Production, in Recherche Littéraire / Literary Research, No. 33, Summer 2017, pp. 88 – 93.
  • with Radu Meza, Co-Citation Mapping and the Intercultural Dialogue of the Intellectual Communities in Arad and Timisoara (19th to early 20th centuries), in Spariosu, Mihai, I., (ed.), Intercultural Conflict and Harmony in Central European Borderlands. The Cases of Banat and Transylvania 1849 – 1939, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht unipress, 2017, pp. 355 – 367.
  • with Radu Meza, Concept Mapping of Ideological Positioning in Cultural and Political Periodicals in the Interbellum Cluj, in Romanian Journal of Information Science and Technology, vol. 16, no. 2-3, 2013, pp. 237-250.
  • with Radu Meza, Harta co-citărilor ca analiză a comunicării ştiinţifice intercultural din Banat (sec. XIX), in Mihai Spariosu, Vasile Boari (eds.), Armonie şi conflict intercultural în Banat şi Transilvania. Perspective cultural-istorice, European Institute, 2014, pp. 513 – 527.
  • Hacking Hollywood: The Hacker Culture in Three Popular Films, Journal of Media Research, no. 11, 2011, pp. 95 – 114.

Vlad B. Jecan holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania, for research in the political values of hacking and hacktivism. He is currently completing his second doctorate in Comparative Literature under the supervision of Prof. Mihai I. Spariosu. His research in 20th and 21st century American literature and digital culture explores the ethical implications of new technologies. “Why do we fear robots?” The common view, quite pessimistic, is that virtual reality will overtake reality and intelligent machines will replace humanity altogether. Dr. Jecan considers such expectations to be caused by agonistic mentalities that seek relationships of replacement through zero-sum games. But cyberspace, where A.I. operates, can serve as a laboratory to experiment with irenic values in new, artificial worlds.

Research Interests:

Cyber ethics, A.I. ethics, cyberpunk fiction, cyberspace, hacker culture, American literature, philosophy of technology, science fiction and fantasy, intercultural studies, political philosophy, African American literature, digital humanities, developmental editing.