From October 26 – 30 with the participation of several emblematic figures, such as Basarab Nicolescu and Edgar Morin, Mexico will host the III World Congress of Transdisciplinarity, an intellectual and academic movement that has generated a real revolution epistemics for four decades, producing knowledge from the convergence of different approaches and methods, as posed by transdisciplinarity and complexity.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) and the International Center for Transdisciplinary Research and Studies (CIRET), of which Dr. Nicolescu is its honorary president, sponsor this important meeting that will take place in different sites of Chapultepec Park´s Cultural Circuit, among them the National Museum of Anthropology, Julio Castillo Theater, Los Pinos Cultural Complex and Tamayo Museum.
The first world congress was held in Portugal in 1994 and the second one in Brazil, in 2005. Registrations for the third edition are opened until March 31, and basis can be consulted at: http://www.tercercongresomundialtransdisciplinariedad.mx/
Dr. Julieta Haidar, president of the III World Transdisciplinarity Congress and professor-researcher at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH), explains that this epistemological trend already has a long history and achieves a particular impulse with the appearance, in 1996, of the text Transdisciplinarity: Manifest, of the Romanian theoretical physicist Basarab Nicolescu.
As the author himself points out in his writing: “Not so long ago, the death of man and the end of history were proclaimed. Transdisciplinarity theory makes us discover the resurrection of the subject and the beginning of a new stage in our history. Transdisciplinarity researchers increasingly appear as ‘enmakers of hope’.” He also claims that “for the first time in its history, humanity has the possibility of self-destructing, completely, without any possibility of return. This potential self-destruction of human species has a triple dimension: material, biological and spiritual”.
“The historic development seems to endorse this vaticinium, hence the urgency of addressing local, national, regional and global-scale problems that humanity suffers today, so this Congress should not be understood as a ‘conclave’ of scholars far from the socio-cultural, political, economic and ecological reality, but quite the opposite, of people who are extremely committed to it,” says Dr. Julieta Haidar.
For the specialist, member of the Latin American Association of Discourse Studies, the application of transdisciplinarity has been given in the most diverse fields, as it is in the 8 thematic axes of the Congress: in philosophy, human sciences, natural sciences, language sciences, art, education, spirituality and religion. Nowadays, universities from all continents and regions, including Latin America, have postgraduate degrees under this approach.
“The objective of the III World Transdisciplinary Congress is to bring together participants from national and foreign institutions, to reflect on the latest theoretical and practical developments of this epistemology, and to propose new models, experiences and actions to address the extraordinary challenges of the 21st century: planetary education, transhumanism, artificial intelligence, destructive technologies, health, poverty, destruction of biological diversity, climate change, wars, violence etc.”
One main highlight is the presence of sociologist Edgar Morin, former director of the National Center for Scientific Research of France and founder of the Association for Complex Thought, who at age 99 will be in our country to talk about the development of his philosophical thinking, which bets on a thought capable of uniting, “fit to contextualize and globalize knowledge and, at the same time, accept the challenge of uncertainty; also, to be able to recognize in its entirety, the singular, individual and concrete. This complex knowledge should serve as a bridge between science and philosophy, to clarify the strategies of an uncertain world and to facilitate communication between human beings.”
In addition to Basarab Nicolescu and Edgar Morin, Florent Pasquier (France); Susan Rowland (United States); Cristian Ungureanu (Romania); Roberto Crema (Brazil); María Fernández de Mello, Vitória Mendoça de Barros and Américo Sommerman (Brazil); Nelson Maldonado Torres (Puerto Rico) will give lectures. Artists and representatives of ancestral cultures in Latin America and philosophical thought, such as Buddhism, will also attend this important event.
As Julieta Haidar announced, this great congress will include discussions in different participation forms: papers, round tables, symposiums, microconferences and poster, as well as cultural, artistic and spiritual activities. Someone will take place before and some after the congress, like an anthropological walk about the Day of Dead, in Xochimilco. Regarding the final academic program, it will be announced next July.