Educating ourselves in transdisciplinarity

University - 08 November 2022

A series of meetings on the theme of transdisciplinarity. The first meeting "Socrates meets Prometheus" with Prof. Ivano Dionigi is scheduled for Nov. 23, 6 p.m., Seminar Hall. Prof. Mauro Ceruti will be the introducer.

What are we talking about when we talk about "transdisciplinarity"? Transdisciplinarity expresses the need for educational and research paths capable of crossing disciplinary boundaries without merely juxtaposing different disciplines (multidisciplinarity) or contaminating them locally (interdisciplinarity). The idea is that of a profound reorganization of the dynamics of knowledge construction. This is an essential aspect of the reform of our knowledge paradigm in order to address the challenges and crises of contemporary times. All challenges and crises of planetary humanity -- democratic, environmental, energy, pandemic, economic, geopolitical, educational ... -- are as many cognitive challenges and crises. The obstacle to understanding the challenges and crises lies not only in our ignorance, but also lurks above all in our knowledge, in the way it is produced, organized and transmitted.

Disciplinary specialization has brought much knowledge. But this knowledge is incapable of grasping multidimensional, fundamental and global problems. The ways of thinking we use to find solutions to the most serious problems of our planetary age themselves constitute one of the most serious problems we face. The more multidimensional the problems become, the greater the inability to think about their multidimensionality; the more crises advance, the greater the inability to think about crises; the more global the problems become, the greater the inability to portray them

Consciousness of planetary problems therefore cannot exist without thinking capable of connecting the still disjointed notions and the still compartmentalized thoughts. To deal with these problems we need a new form of thinking. In other words: we need a reform of thinking and, inseparably, a reform of education.

IULM University is pleased to inaugurate a project around the theme of transdisciplinarity through a number of meetings with authoritative personalities who have reflected in depth on a transdisciplinary approach to education and research, in the awareness that knowledge of the problems of our time (including on the level of individual professionalism), and the ability to deal with them, cannot exist without an approach capable of linking perspectives, languages and forms of knowledge, in the horizon of a new Humanism

The first event, entitled "Socrates meets Prometheus", will be held on November 23, at 6 p.m., in the Seminar Room and will feature Ivano Dionigi*, Professor Emeritus of Latin Language and Literature at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, of which he was Magnifico Rettore from 2009 to 2015. far from re-proposing itself as a parallel, autonomous and competing culture, humanism succors and accomplishes technological knowledge in representing and coping with a threefold responsibility and care: thears interrogandi, reconciliation with time, and consciousness of the whole. Prof. Mauro Ceruti, IULM professor and Pro-Rector for Transdisciplinarity, will introduce the meeting.

Following are the themes of the upcoming meetings (dates will be announced soon)

  • Metaverse. Between natural and artificial networks - Silvano Tagliagambe, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of Science
  • Innovation, transdisciplinarity and transversality- Andrea Prencipe, Rector LUISS University
  • Between Democracy and Bits. physical university and digital university - JuanCarlos De Martin, Vice Rector Politecnico di Torino

To participate in the meetings, it is necessary to register on the form

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The series of meetings on transidisciplinarity is part of the Badge of Honour initiative

*Ivano Dionigi is Professor Emeritus of Latin Language and Literature at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, of which he was Magnifico Rector from 2009 to 2015. He is President of the Pontifical Academy of Latinity and of the ConsortiumInteruniversity Alma Laurea, Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Director of the Study Center "The Permanence of the Classic," President of Guarantee of the International Center for Humanistic Studies "Umberto Eco." Grand Officer of the Italian Republic.Among his most recent books are The Present Is Not Enough. The Lesson of Latin (Mondadori 2016) When life visits you Lucretius,Seneca and us (Laterza 2018), Dare to Know. Against fear and ignorance (Solferino 2019) Words that extend life. Thoughts for our time (Raphael Cortina 2020) Follow Your Demon. Four precepts plus one (Laterza 2020), Blessed Word. The revenge of time (Il Mulino 2022).