Marco Polo was a collaboration between the SVT and the Institute of Philosophy at East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, China.
The partners collaborated on the development of philosophical points of view concerning humanism, democracy and modernity.
The program had three main objectives:
a) To be a recruitment and education program directed towards research staff members in Shanghai, who during their three to four months stay in Bergen would have access to literature and academic discussions of the sort that are not generally available to them at their home university. At the Institute of Philosophy at ECNU, the young researchers both lecture and carry out research in fields such as Christian Philosophy, Western Ethics and issues within the Theory of Science concerning the relationship between science and humanism. Researchers at SVT were also obligated to travel to ECNU and present lectures and develop contact with their colleagues at ECNU.
b) To be a mutual publishing program. Each party was going to make sure that academic works were both translated and published in each others countries' and languages.
c) To be a joint research program where philosophical view points about modernity, values, development and democracy were exchanged and developed.
For more information about the Marco Polo program, contact Rasmus Slaattelid.