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 Sciences in the Intercultural Dialogue - Annual Assembly in the Leopoldina
picture picture picture 24 Sep 2016 @ 07:33, by Heiner Benking

Yesterday at the LEOPOLDINA [link] 2 presentations were standing out: Impact of Ethical Values and "Intercultural Dialogue and its Enemies". This only to be eager todays full program here in Halle, Germany.

The Annual Assembly of the Leopoldina and its publications are of the highest stand in the public eye, its president is in the Scientific Advisory Board of the United Nations, and all the other Academies, in Berlin, Mainz, even Salzburg as the European Academy of Arts and Sciences have their own high reputation.

The Leopoldina is the German National Academy of Sciences - like the NAS in Washington. Not in the capital but in an appropriate historic setting ! In the countryside - with the known disadvantages. Me as an "ignorant" only being here once, 25 years ago when President Richard von Weizsäcker was in town in times when the whole German scientific and cultural landscape was under redesign after the Berlin Wall was gone.... see more personal and "historic" concerns at the "very end".

THE NOVA ACTA LEOPOLDINA Number 414 will be soon online - so check 14 high calibre lectures. I can only respond to and understand to some detail only some of them.
See my notes below and parts of the abstracts to "whet your appetite"...

Some notes:

The "New Gold Rush" ....

Some notes:

The "New Gold Rush" with Stem Cell research is on. But before I go into some details, here a broader idea what is in the program:
14 lectures, scientists from very different regions of the world will explore the relationships between science and culture. Otfried Höffe, a philosopher at the University of Tübingen and this year’s programme coordinator, will introduce participants to the topic with his opening lecture, “Universalität ‒ mit Recht auf Differenz: Wissenschaften im interkulturellen Dialog” (Universality – with a right to differences: Sciences in the intercultural dialogue). Other participating experts include medical scientist Hayat Sindi (Cambridge/ USA), Heidelberg law professor Rüdiger Wolfrum, stem-cell researcher Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor (Haifa/ Israel), historian Chia-Feng Chang (Taipei/ Taiwan), mathematician and historian Andrea Bréard (Heidelberg/Germany and Lille/ France), and Berlin social historian Jürgen Kocka.

I recommend with my limmitted interest and background in mind these selected presenttions:

Early Career Award Laureate, Lena Henningsen, Freiburg
Beyond the Propaganda: Illegal Reading and Writing in China
from an Intertextual and Intercultural Perspective

Otfried Höffe ML, Tübingen
Universality – with the Right to be Different: Science as Part of
an Intercultural Dialogue
I. Natural Thirst for Knowledge
II. Intercultural Curiosity
III. Finding Oneself Reflected in Others
IV. Is Modern Science Inherently Western?
V. The Programme of Intercultural Curiosity

Hayat Sindi, i2 institute (Saudi Arabia)
The Role of Science in the Islamic World

Baichun Zhang, Beijing (V.R. China)
Transfer, Competition, Cooperation in Constructing Devices
between China and Europe

Kenichi Mishima, Tokyo (Japan)
Science at the Service of the State and Economy –
The Situation in Modern Japan

Rüdiger Wolfrum ML, Heidelberg
Impact of Ethical Values on the African, Arabic and Western
European Legal Systems

Jürgen Osterhammel ML, Konstanz
Intercultural Dialogue and Its Enemies

Chia-Feng Chang, Taipei (Taiwan)
Medicine and Prognostication: A Case of the Taisu Pulse Taking
Technology in Ming-Qing China

Andrea Bender, Bergen (Norway)

Andrea Bréard, Heidelberg
The Relationship between Indian, Arabic and Western
Mathematics – Are Mathematics Related to Culture?

Jürgen Renn ML, Berlin
Matthias Schemmel, Berlin
How Many Times have the Natural Sciences Emerged?

El Hadji Ibrahima Diop, Dakar (Senegal)
Science in Africa across the Episodes of History and the
Evolution of History: Investigating the Postcolonial Era

Jürgen Kocka ML, Berlin
Gobalization – A Motor of Progress in Historical Studies?

My concern when I came first in 1991 was "Challenges to Science and Politics" and "International Data Harmonization" leading to need to talk between the "exact and fine arts", bringing with the Club of Rome and Club of Budapest different mindsets together, and after attending many RSA events in London and Washington those days, so a good time to check the status and find the players nowadays, and touch base again with Professor Hacker - as his looks into the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in general is of high concern for our COMMONS ALLIANCE and the regularily published recommendations to HoS in the US. [link]

I feel appreciated as these Academy Members are beyond the need to fight for their "turf" and are aware what they know or do not. Much easier going here than in the Mittelbau, with second and third-liner "elbow buddies". I talked with a real lot of participants friendly, open, deep, ... about names only few people know, So I was really surprised !
I promised often to send the like with INST and TUAC around the UN in Vienna.
The Unifying Aspects of Cultures [link] UN Year of the Mountains [link] and [link] UNIFYING ASPECTS OF CULTURE [link]

Here are some more References and not just from Vienna and around the late 90ies:'s_References

As you can guess: the focus on "intercultural dialogue" in the sciences was very attractive and a good chance to meet some people from long ago...

rushing, but I will go again to Halle in about 3 weeks, so stay tuned...

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