The International Council
for Philosophy and Human Sciences

Announcement of CIPSH Chair 2021

Announcement of CIPSH Chair 2021

(1) Prof. Dr. Benedikt Löwe, Professor Universität Hamburg, Secretary General of DLMPST/IUHPST, Member of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences, Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge
Project Title: Diversity in Mathematical Research Cultures and Practices (DMRCP)
Project Description:
The main aim of the proposed CIPSH Chair is to create institutional cohesion for the mentioned thriving and active global research community that is dispersed across several disciplinary contexts. The CIPSH Chair will achieve this by creating communication platforms, dissemination outlets, and training opportunities for junior scholars in the field. It will provide sustained coordination by creating new and externally funded network structures.
The aims of the CIPSH Chair are fully aligned with the goals of CIPSH: it will create knowledge of manners, customs and behaviour of human beings and bring to light the accord of their essential aspirations. It aims to create institutional cooperation, promote work in the humanities and social sciences, and disseminate the gained knowledge among stake-holders such as researchers and policy-makers.

(2) Professor Chee-Kiong Tong, Special Academic Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor and Director of the Asian Studies Institute, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Project Title: Towards a New Humanism: Spirituality and Secularity in the Modern World
Project Description:
Modernity has often been constructed as the rise of individualism and the idea that rational scientific thought will supplant, or at least, reduce the influence of religion, superstitions, and traditional belief systems. Modernity is thus often viewed as a form of human emancipation. Critics of modernity and modernism, particularly the postmodern scholars, have pointed to wars, violence, identity politics, religious conflicts, ethno-nationalism and environmental issues, as the failure of progress in modernity. At the same time, the phenomenon of religious revivalism and the dramatic growth of new religious movements in many parts of the world, including Asia, have made us more sanguine about the role of modernity and science. This project, Towards a New Humanism: Spirituality and Secularity in the Modern World will collect primary data in various parts of Asia, including Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, and Japan, and conceptually reexamine the relationship among religious ideas, secularity, modernity and science. It intends to show that spiritual humanism provides an important answer for a new universalism in contemporary society, especially in the context of Asia.

November 17, 2021