KWI – Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Intitut Essen, KWI)

Research areas

Project Humanism in the Age of Globalization. An Intercultural Dialogue on Culture, Humanity, and Values

Principal investigator: Prof. em. Dr. Jörn Rüsen
Research coordinators: Dr. Carmen Meinert, Aladdin Sarhan

Duration: 2007-2009

Funded by: Mercator Stiftung

This project furthers the debate about the diversity of values and concepts of humanity. The reciprocal relations between Western and non-Western cultures and their varying perceptions of identity, particularity and diversity are of utmost urgency in view of an increasing potential for cultural conflicts in the globalized world.

The main objective is to create an understanding of humankind in the era of globalization as well as to defuse cultural confrontation by setting up an active dialogue in order to gain, affirm and demonstrate new common insights and their potential for mutual recognition among cultures.

Topics and central questions: Criticism of humanism, humankind in intercultural cooperation, humanism and religion, humanism and the economy, education via cultural studies, humanism and human nature, humanism and the European identity.