Project 2020-2023

The Meaningfulness of Intercultural Encounters across Boundaries

The new RVP Iași Center Project continues our research under The Role of Intercultural Encounters in Relearning to be Human project (2017-2019). This project will bring together scholars with various cultural and spiritual backgrounds, from all over the world, to reflect on the meaningful role played by intercultural encounters in crossing borders and boundaries.

Thus, the MIEB project will facilitate intercultural encounters, invite reflections on this kind of experience and promote research on the phenomenon using the multidisciplinary tools of the humanities.

• The cultural encounter with the other can remain a simple everyday fact or can be full of meaning. When do those intercultural experiences occur which enrich the understanding of oneself and the other? What enables a new opening, a special kind of experience? • The intercultural meeting is the one that establishes and creates, it brings a kind of novelty that was not and could not be anticipated • The cultural encounter can be creative insofar as it establishes something that is beyond one and the other, but also belongs to one and the other, it is the establishment of a new interspace.

Proposed research topics include:
• Conditions for meaningful intercultural encounters
• Reviewing cultural identities in global times/global crises
• Re-presenting cultural and spiritual artifacts
• Old and new borders and boundaries in a globalized world
• Encounters of spiritual practices
• Acquiring and valuing intercultural knowledge

Activities: The MIEB project hosted an excellent Seminar in 2020 and is preparing for the 2021 Conference in October. Other activities will include workshops and online/onsite lectures and meetings.

RVP Iasi Center Newsletter

In a time of isolation and lockdown, it becomes more necessary than ever to continue meeting, online and in print, and to reflect on the challenges posed and the possible lessons (re-)learnt on being human for/in global times.

In this spirit, the RVP Iasi Center newletter announces the publication of an IC-RVP volume, presents the new project undertaken by the center and invites to a new international conference in October 2021.

Intercultural encounters: Tibet

RVP Iasi Center’s series of invited lectures proposes a unique intercultural encounter with Buddhism and Tibet as (re)presented by Venerable Gonsar Rinpoche.

Join us at the University Central Library in Iasi on May 24 from 6:30 pm for the public lecture “An Intercultural Encounter: Ven. Gonsar Rinpoche on Buddhism and Tibet”:

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then on May 25 from 10 am for the academic lecture “Translating Tibet”, followed by an experimental workshop on the Role of (Buddhist) Artefacts in Intercultural Encounters:

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Invited lectures: Australia, India, China

Our series of invited lectures continues with speakers from Australia, India and China:

John Ozolins on Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Their Beliefs and Values

Seema Bose on Tolerance with Special Reference to Mahatma Gandhi

Ouyang Kang on World Complexity, Value Conflicts and Human Wisdom

Wang Tianen on Big Data as the Foundation of Information Civilization

Cultural Borders and Border Cultures international conference

We are pleased to welcome you in Iasi to the CRVP International Conference Cultural Borders and Border Cultures on November 2-3, 2018.

As part of RVP Iași Center’s project Re-Learning to be Human for Global Times: The Role of Intercultural Encounters, this conference will investigate the specificities of border cultures and the various experiences of cultural borders and beyond.

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For a preview of the culturally diverse approaches to this topic, see the conference program below:

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Invited lecture in Iasi: Tibet

As part of our 2018 Invited Lecture Series, Ven. Jampa Lungtok from the Centre for Higher Tibetan Studies in Switzerland will speak of his intercultural experience of Tibet and Buddhism.

On October 23,  a public lecture on Thinking and Meditation: A Buddhist Perspective will be held at the Central University Library. The event will be moderated by Prof. Dan Chitoiu, with Romanian translation available.

On October 24, a lecture on Translating Tibet will be given at the Faculty of Letters, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi.

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World Congress Panel

Iasi RVP Center participated in the 24th World Congress of Philosophy: Learning to Be Human held in Beijing on 13-20 August 2018 with a panel titled Re-learning to Be Human for Global Times: The Role of Intercultural Encounters.

The panel, which was moderated by Prof. Dan Chitoiu, featured a presentation of the Center’s activity and included discussions of concepts such as strangification and cultural translation in an attempt to better grasp the role of intercultural encounters in (re)learning to be human.

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Power of Words Workshop

The Power of Words International Workshop will take place in Iasi, on April 27 and 28, 2018, as part of our ongoing project on the Role of Intercultural Encounters in Re-learning to Be Human for Global Times.

Following last year’s workshop on the intercultural role of artefacts, this year’s meeting will approach words and how they function in encounters between and among cultures.

This event is organized by RVP Iasi Center of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi and Gheorghe Zane Institute of the Romanian Academy.

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