Brussels Forum - 6/7 Oct 2010

The forum took place on the 6th and 7th of October 2010, in the Berlaymont building, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.

Themes
The jointly designed themes of discussion are meant to determine a new approach to the cultural dialogue, whilst complying with the current focal social and cultural concerns of China and EU countries.
In the recent years, the academic network of Transcultura Institute has been involved in discussions with Chinese, European, African and Indian researchers, on the subject of mutual knowledge. Based on that research, together with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences it has suggested that the EU-China Cultural Forum should begin with a debate on the general topic of “Globalisation”. The three notions ”Word View”, “Modernity” and “Beauty” will constitute sub-themes of the working sessions, while in the conclusion the principles of trans-subjectivity and trans-culturality will be analyzed.

The 2010 Forum topics

1. Opening: Globalisation: Gaps, melting pot or new game?
For a trans-cultural approach of the different concepts of globalization considered from a linguistic context of both Chinese and European cultures.

2. Worldviews: Different patterns of World-view
Due to globalization, the world is in a state of uncertainty and complicated changes. Modern world-view shouldn’t be limited to an only pragmatic approach, which cannot answer the question of where the change of world will go. It’s time for us to seek for a new approach in world-view to try and deal with further possible changes and problems to arise in a globalized future.
Including and putting in perspective different angles of vision, considering different experiences of such inclusive confrontations which happened in the past in the both Chinese and European civilizations (or: some of the main Euro-Asian areas), should help in approaching a modern World View, as an in-depth interpretation of different values, mechanisms, histories and societies. Thus the change of a world-view should be the change of the most significant thoughts.

3. Concepts of beauty
Through the cultural communication and conversation, mutual understanding of arts and beauty seem to be the easiest to reach. But are they? As a matter of fact, thinking over arts and beauty, and considering our different cultural approaches of it may help us to discover the secrets of effective communication

4. Multiple modernity(ies)
Facts show us that, altogether with technological and scientific common standards, there happen many different kinds of practices of modernization around the world. Some succeeded and some failed. We need to reflect upon this so as to get an in-depth understanding of the limitation, challenge of modernization and different possible ways of innovation.

5. Conclusion. Trans-culture and trans-subjectivity
In the age of globalization, the differences and conflicts among values represent an issue of vital importance. There shouldn’t be any market for the past cultural imperialism, the cultural cold war, or attitudes of ideological confrontations, all of which should be out of date, and considered negative and even dangerous nowadays. Therefore, we must attempt to seek for new behaviours and new approaches to deal with diverse cultural issues and consequently, with the different society changes which are coming together. Thus we need a transcultural mode of communication and cooperation, in order to make reciprocal knowledge possible, linked to the principle of trans-subjectivity - transcending the current principle of subjectivity - with which a sound and positive system of global cultural cooperation can be established. Such attempt is innovative in the sense of philosophy, political thought and art and culture.,and is in line with the concept of the harmonious world.

Participants

Umberto ECO----Philosopher / Semioticien - Italy
QIU Xigui ---- Paleographer - China
Hervé JOUANJEAN---- Political scientist - France
ZHOU Hong---- Political historian - China
Julia KRISTEVA---- Semioticien / Psychoanalyst – France
ZHAO Tingyang---- Philosopher - China
Björn WITTROCK---- Sociologist - Sweden
LU Jiande---- Cultural theorist - China
Jean-Marc TERRASSE---- Historian of arts - France
XU Bing---- Artist - China
Vincent POMARÈDE---- Historian of arts - France
HAN Shaogong---- Writer - China
Phivos-Angelos KOLLIAS---- Composer - Greece
ZHU Qingsheng---- Artist / Curator - China
Marian GALIK---- Sinologist - Slovakia
HUANG Ping---- Political sociologist - China
Rem KOOLHAAS---- Architect - Holland
CUI Zhiyuan---- Political scientist - China
Alvaro Gil ROBLES---- Former Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe - Spain
WANG Shaoguang---- Political scientist - China
Piotr SZTOMPKA---- Sociologist - Poland
PAN Wei---- Political scientist – China
Rainer HUDEMANN---- Historian – Germany
Alain LE PICHON---- Anthropologist - France
HUANG Ping---- Sociologist - China
Peter SLOTERDIJK---- Philosopher - Germany