Lecture of the Year — Prof. Hsiung Ping-chen Lectured on New Humanities
On July 8th, 2019, invited by Prof. Zhang Xianqing, Vice Dean of School of Sociology and Anthropology, Prof. Hsiung Ping-chen, President of Asian New Humanities Net (ANHN), Chair Holder of New Humanities of International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH), gave a lecture titled Preliminary Considerations on New Humanities - A Few Examples For Xiamen. This lecture was one of the lecture series orchestrated by the XMU-CIPSH Collaboration Office for the year of 2019.
Prof. Hsiung started by briefing the rise of New Humanities after World War II. She then underlined the interdisciplinary methodology in dating back the history and milestones of New Humanities. In the 2nd part of the lecture, Prof. Hsiung highlighted the progressive development of CIPSH. In juxtaposition, she also gave a synopsis of the work of XMU-CIPSH Collaboration Office in the past two years as well as the work agenda for the next two years.
Till the end of the lecturing, Prof. Hsiung emphasized that the youth were the future of our generation. Therefore, it’s of pivotal importance to foster young scholars and provide them with opportunities and platforms to actively participate in the promotion of New Humanities, which indeed, would request long-term endeavors and dedication. Prof. Hsiung’s insightfulness and broad spectrum of knowledge gained her rounds of applause from all attendees.
In the post-lecture Q & A session, Prof. Hsiung answered questions raised by the audience. Questions ranged from “How should we carry out research on children’s philosophy under current academic circumstances”, “What are appropriate pedagogy and educational system for cultivating young talents”, to “What are the good ways in disseminating humanistic consciousness and solicitude” and so on and so forth. Prof Hsiung answered all questions in an amicable and encouraging manner, mirroring her loving care for the growth of the younger generation.
In the end, Prof. Zhang recapitulated the lecture by reiterating the points made earlier in the lecture, which was the significant role of New Humanities in triggering introspection and nurturing international perspectives. Prof. Zhang also pointed out that Prof. Hsiung’s academic journey as well as her life journey resonated with the prospects of New Humanities. For sure, Prof. Hsiung’s incisiveness would lead the development of New Humanities to a higher level.