Lezione magistrale “Chinese culture and the hermeneutics of multilinguisticality as a philosophy of understanding through multiple-translation” – Tomasz R. Szymczyński


Durante la prima settimana di giugno 2022 il CEMAS Sapienza ha il piacere di ospitare come Short Visiting Professors presso il Dipartimento di Storia Antropologia Religioni Arte Spettacolo (SARAS) di Sapienza Università di Roma il Professore Tomasz R. Szymczyński, della Facoltà di Scienza Politica e Giornalismo alla Adam Mickiewicz University di Poznań in Polonia. Tomasz R. Szymczyński è autore di cinque libri, coautore di un altro, editore di due libri, co-editore di altri quattro, autore di oltre quaranta pubblicazioni in lingua inglese e polacca. I suoi maggiori interessi scientifici comprendono la filosofia politica, la storia della filosofia cinese, le questioni sulle identità collettive culturali e la comunicazione interculturale e interdisciplinare vista dal punto di vista metodologico dell’ermeneutica della multilinguistica.

Il Professor Szymczyński svolgerà diverse attività durante la sua permanenza, dall’incontro con studenti e ricercatori all’attività di tutor per dottorandi e studenti magistrali del Dipartimento.  L’attività principale di questo breve periodo sarà una lezione magistrale intitolata: “Chinese culture and the hermeneutics of multilinguisticality as a philosophy of understanding through multiple-translation”

Qui è disponibile una presentazione del tema della lezione, che sarà tenuta in lingua inglese il giorno 30 maggio 2022 nell’aula Archeologia alle ore 11. Le successive attività di tutoraggio, incontro con il corpo docenti e partecipazione all’interno di altri moduli didattici sarà comunicata durante la lezione magistrale che costtuisce il punto di partenza delle diverse attività previste con il professore Szymczyński:

Acknowledging that it is highly difficult to discuss about Chinese culture without ambiguities, this talk is going to be focused on the assumption that in order to increase the quality of such endeavours, it is important to redefine the general attitude towards the relation between form and content of the communicate already at the preliminary stage of research activities.This attempt is largely based on the assumptions inspired by the works of the creator of philosophical hermeneutics – Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002). In the same time however, Gadamer’s concept of linguisticality (die Sprachlichkeit) is replaced here with the idea of multilinguisticality (die Vielsprachlichkeit), which in turn contributes to an even stronger belief that it remains necessary to depart from the principle of the invisible translator and invisible translation.

Such shift of emphasis towards translation challenges as a foundation of understanding directs attention to the issue of the need for a specific redefinition of the concept of translation, which turns out to be necessary in a much wider field than is often commonly assumed. This is how a proposal of a philosophical and methodological perspective in the field of humanities and social sciences in relation to the multicultural and interdisciplinary space is going to be demonstrated. And examples of multiple-translation of selected phenomena of Chinese culture are going to serve as illustrations in this context.

It is therefore an attempt to reflect on the problematic of how to think and write about the Chinese world from the perspective of a European observer. This, in turn, may perhaps serve as an interesting starting point for rethinking the question of where this observer is, or expects that is.



Qui è disponibile una bio del Professore Tomasz R. Szymczyński:

Prof. AMU dr hab. Tomasz R. Szymczyński is employed at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism – FPSJ at Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznań – Poland – EU (since 2003) on the position of a Professor (since 2017) at the Department of Political Philosophy FPSJ AMU (since 2020). Supervisor of the Students Asian Studies Scientific Circle at FPSJ AMU (since 2016).

Scientific Committee Member of the Academic Board of the International Summer School: “Scientific excellence – origins, research, results” (since 2020). Holder of the MOFA Taiwan Fellowship (外交部 «臺灣助金»), organised by the CCS – Center for Chinese Studies  (漢學研究中心), which administrates the Taiwan Fellowship for the ROC MOFA (外交部 «臺灣助金») at the NCL – National Central Library (國家圖書館), within which he is affiliated as a Visiting Scholar (訪問學人) at the NCCU – National Chengchi University (國立政治大學) in Taipei (February – December 2019). Scientific Board Member of the Annual International Scientific Conference “Beyond Europe” and Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter University Center – IUC Course entitled: “European Identity – Identität Europas” – IUC, Dubrovnik, Croatia. He defended his Habilitation thesis at the FPSJ AMU (2014) and PhD thesis at the Faculty of Social Sciences – FSS at the Institute of Political Science and Journalism – IPSJ AMU (2003). Holder of the Europa Fellows Scholarship, within which for six semesters he was matriculated  at the Faculty of Cultural Studies (Kulturwissenschaften Fakultät) at the European University Viadrina – EUV in Frankfurt/Oder (Germany) as a participant of doctoral studies (2000-2003).

 Tomasz R. Szymczyński is an author of five books, co-author of further one, editor of two books, co-editor of further four, author of over forty publications in English and Polish languages. His major scientific interests include political philosophy, history of Chinese philosophy, questions on cultural collective identities and intercultural and interdisciplinary communication viewed from the methodological perspective of the hermeneutics of multilinguisticality.