2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference of the cycle
„One World – Many Cultures”

„One World – Many Cultures”

Dialogue of cultures, civilisations, religions in the time of globalisation

October 27-28, 2011

Over a hundred representatives of different countries, cultures and religions from 32 Polish and foreign universities debated about multiculturalism and problems of the modern world during the International Interdisciplinary Conference “One world – many cultures” at Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz.

Refering to the 25th anniversary of meeting of different faiths representatives in Assisi, the Conference was held on 27th and 28th October 2011 and subtitled “Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace. Dialogue of cultures, civilizations, religions in the times of globalization”. It was organized by KPU together with Vatican Foundation: Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI. The coorganizers also include Kujavian and Pomeranian Voivodeship Marshal’s Office and the City Hall of Bydgoszcz.

Among participants from a dozen or so foreign scientific institutions there were scientists from Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain, the United States, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Turkey, Kirgizstan, Ukraine, Latvia and Switzerland. There were also the representatives from over 20 Polish universities and institutions, such as Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poznań University of Economics, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Wrocław University of Economics, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, University of Gdańsk, the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow, Catholic University of Lublin.

The participants included experts in many disciplines, namely, theologians, political scientists, lawyers, sociologists, historians, educators, economists, media specialists. The debates were held in panels. The first one related to the dialogue of cultures, civilizations and religions, the second was devoted to economy and its social environment, the third focused on legal and administrative systems as confronted with the problems of contemporary world, while the fourth panel concerned pedagogy and education as confronted with the challenges of modern civilization. Additionally, presentations and discussions in the fifth, student panel were broadly related to the Conference title „One world – many cultures”.

Several guests participated in the inauguration ceremony and plenary session. We were honoured to host politicians, local authorities, clerymen, academics. The most significant participants include: Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio in Poland, Monsignore Giuseppe Scotti, the Chairman of the Vatican Foundation: Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI, Archbishop Henryk Muszyński, Senior Primate, Bishop Wojciech Polak, General Secretary of Polish Episcopate Conference, Bishop Jan Tyrawa, Ordynary of Bydgoszcz Diocese, senator Andrzej Kobiak, MP Tomasz Latos, Ewa Mes, the Voivode of Kujavia and Pomerania Region, Rafał Bruski, the Mayor of Bydgoszcz, Edward Hartwich, Deputy Marshal of Kujavia and Pomerania Voivodeship, Wojciech Porzych, Starost of Bydgoszcz, Rev. Lech Rynkiewicz, deputy director of Vatican Radio in Rome, under the patronage of which the Conference was held, prof. dr hab. Salidin Kaldybaev, the Rector of Naryn State University in Kirgzstan, Rev. dr Wojciech Szukalski, the Rector of Higher Seminary of Bydgoszcz Diocese, Fr. dr Marek Walkusz, the Rector of Higher Missionary Semianary of Holy Spirit Congregation in Bydgoszcz, prof. nadzw. dr hab. Sławomir Tecław, the University of Bydgoszcz Rector, prof. Anna Nowak, Vice-Rector of Music Academy of Bydgoszcz, prof. dr hab. inż. Wojciech Kapelański, Vice-Rektor of University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz, prof. dr hab. Galina Tarasenko, the representative of the Rector of National Pedagogical University of Winnytsia in Ukraine, prof. dr hab. Vera Petruk, the representative of the Rector of Technical University of Vinnytsia in Ukraine, dr Olga Sobko, representing Tarnopil National Economic Univesity in Ukraine, prof. UKW dr hab. Dariusz Łukasiewicz, director of Philosophical Instytute of Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, dr Marek Chamot, director of Culture Studies Institute of University of Economics in Bydgoszcz.

Sessions will be divided into the following panels:

  1. Dialogue of cultures, civilisations and religions
  2. Economy and its social environment
  3. Legal and administrative systems as confronted with the problems of contemporary world
  4. Politics and the media in international communication
  5. Pedagogy and education as confronted with the challenges of modern civilisation
  6. Multicultural dialogue in the English speaking countries and in the Ibero & Ibero-American cultures
  7. Students’ panel: One world – many cultures

Honorary Commettee:

  1. Mons. Giuseppe A. Scotti – Chairman of „Fondazione Vaticana Joseph Ratzinger – Benedetto XVI”
  2. Piotr Całbecki – Marshal of Kujawy and Pomorze Province
  3. Rafał Bruski – Mayor of the City of Bydgoszcz
  4. Roman Czakowski – President of Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz

Academic Commettee:

  1. ChairmanProf. dr hab. Andrzej Czyżewski Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz / University of Economics in Poznań a.czyzewski@kpsw.edu.pl
  2. Deputy Chairman – Rev. Mariusz Kuciński, PhD, Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz m.kucinski@kpsw.edu.pl
  3. Prof. John Chrysoulakis – Rector of the School of Pedagogical & Technological Education (ASPETE), Athens, Greece
  4. Ks. bp prof. Enrico dal Covolo, S.D.B., Rector of Pontifical Lateran University, Rome
  5. Prof. Sławomir Dąbrowa – Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz
  6. Prof. Henryk Dolecki – Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz
  7. Prof. Rev. Michał Drożdż – The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow
  8. Prof. Elżbieta Gaweł-Luty – Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz
  9. Prof. Serhij Jurij – Rector of Ternopil National Economic University, Ukraine
  10. Prof. Albert Kotowski – Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz / University of Bonn, Germany
  11. Prof. Maria Kuchcińska – Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz / Kasimir the Great University in Bydgoszcz
  12. Prof. Danuta Künstler – Langner - Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
  13. Prof. dr. Önder Kutlu – Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey
  14. Archbishop Prof. Henryk J. Muszyński – Gniezno
  15. Prof. Rev. Jan Perszon – Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
  16. Prof. Witold Stankowski – Jagiellonian University, Cracow
  17. Prof. Andrzej Szahaj – Nicolaus Copernicus University,Toruń
  18. Rev. Wojciech Szukalski, PhD – Higher Seminary in Bydgoszcz
  19. Prof. Aleksander Szwedek – Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz / Social Higher School of Enterprise and Management, Warsaw
  20. Prof. Galina Tarasenko – Vinnitsa State Pedagogical Univrsity, Ukraine
  21. Prof. Krzysztof Wilde – Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz / Gdańsk University of Technology

Honorary patronage:

  1. Prof. Jerzy Buzek – President of the European Parliament
  2. Archbishop Claudio Maria Celi – President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
  3. Prof. Barbara Kudrycka – Minister of Science and HIgher Education
  4. Bishop Jan Tyrawa – Ordinary of Bydgoszcz Diocese

Media patronage:

  1. Radio Vaticana
  2. TVP Bydgoszcz
  3. Polish Radio PIK
  4. Academic Internat Radio ”Megafon”