Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities


Marco Polo – a collaboration on the development of philosophical points of view concerning humanism, democracy and modernity

Marco Polo is a collaboration project between the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, SVT, at the University of Bergen, Norway and the Institute of Philosophy at East China Normal University, ECNU, in Shanghai, China.

The program has three main objectives:

a)     A recruitment and education program directed towards research staff members in Shanghai, who during their three to four months stay in Bergen 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 are also obligated to travel to ECNU and present lectures and develop contact with their colleagues at ECNU.

b)    A mutual publishing program is also a main objective. Each party makes sure that academic works are both translated and published in each others countries and languages.

c)     A joint research program where we exchange and develop philosophical view points about modernity, values, development and democracy.

For more information about the Marco Polo Project contact Rasmus Slaattelid.