This course comprises 3 parts: Epistemology of Everyday Life (lectures), Anthropology of Complex Systems (seminar), and Ethnographic Fieldwork (practical classes). The lectures introduce basic and developed notions and concepts from theory and philosophy of sciences and humanities, with a short overview of specific anthropological approaches to knowledge. The seminar offers views on recent theories of complex systems, e.g., system theory, theory of chaos and complexity, theory of self-organization, and theory of auto-poetic systems. At practical classes, the students upgrade their knowledge of ethnographic research as the fundament of anthropological research.

LEAD:

UOL: Rajko Muršič (rajko.mursic@ff.uni-lj.si)

Rajko Muršič is professor of ethnology/cultural anthropology at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Dept. of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. His research focuses on anthropology of popular music, theories of culture, epistemology, urban anthropology, methodology of anthropological research, sensory studies, etc. He published eight monographs (all in Slovene) and co-edited nine collections (six in English). He was initial editor of the monograph series Zupanič’s Collection. He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the IUAES and a president of the Slovenian Ethnological and Anthropological Association Kula. He participates as expert researcher in the ERC project Sensotra (Sensory Transformations and Transgenerational Environmental Relationships in Europe, 1950-2020) at the University of Eastern Finland (2016-2021), and B-Air (Art Infinity Radio – Creating Sound Art for Babies, Toddlers and Vulnerable Groups) led by the Radio Slovenia (2020-2023).

PARTNERS:

VUB: Marc Van Den Bossche  (Marc.Van.den.Bossche@vub.be)

Marc Van den Bossche is a full-time professor at the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences at the VUB. He teaches courses on contemporary philosophy of culture and is the author of Kritiek van de technische rede (‘Critique of technical reason’) (Leuven/Utrecht, 1995), Natuur en lijfelijkheid (‘Nature and Embodiment/Physicality’) (Utrecht, 1998), Ironie en solidareit. Een kennismaking met het werk van Richard Rorty (‘Irony and Solidarity: An introduction to the work of Richard Rorty’) (Rotterdam, 2001), Het pathos van het denken (‘The Pathos of Thinking’), De zinnen van het leven. Of de kunst van het verstaan (‘The Meanings of Life: Or the art of understanding’) and Vreemde wereld. Zygmunt Bauman over samenleven in vloeibare tijden(‘Strange World: Zygmunt Bauman on living in liquid times’). He also wrote essays on subjectivity and intersubjectivity, and two bestsellers: Wielrennen (‘Cycling’) and Sport als levenskunst (‘Sports as an art of living’) (Rotterdam, 2005 and 2010). He is the editor and co-editor of book volumes on Rorty, Arendt, Fukuyama and several topics within the history of philosophy. His recent research focuses on decoloniality, postcolonialism and non-western epistemologies.

UPF:  Alexandre Coello (alex.coello@upf.edu)

Alexandre Coello de la Rosa earned his PhD at SUNY at Stony Brook (EUA). He is senior professor of history in the Department of Humanities and ICREA Academia researcher at the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF, Barcelona). He is co-editor of the journal Illes i Imperis / Islands and Empires and he is currently coordinating the Master in Asian-Pacific Studies in a Global Context at the UPF. His last publications include (with Josep Lluis Mateo-Dieste), In Praise of Historical Anthropology: Perspectives, Methods, and Applications to the Study of Power and Colonialism (Routledge, 2019), and (with Linda G. Jones), Saints and Sanctity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Striving for remembrance (Routledge, 2020).