The Interdisciplinary Project of Basic Research

The essence of the project involves searching for categories that are common to various disciplines of human knowledge, as well as various cognitive and human activities in art (in the 20th century art and science were wrongly separated regarding their reflection of cognition). We are looking for common concepts, problems, structures, bridges, and new cognitive prospects.

The first stage of our activities involves examining selected categories. The purpose of the meetings is to deepen the understanding of the concepts in use by each discipline - and to create links to other disciplines - thus deepening the self-consciousness of each discipline and working towards the unity of science - as a device describing the common world to us.

Gradually we have been building a meta-conscious reflection: on the ways of creating categories, on their functioning and differentiation - developing reflections on language theory, theories of mind, general methodology of sciences, cultural anthropology and other fields.  

Program Council
Ph.D. Janina Buczkowska (UKSW); Prof. Ph.D. Teresa Dobrzy┼äska (IBL PAN), prof. Ph.D. Bogus┼éaw Dopart (Jagiellonian University), Ph.D. Anna Koz┼éowska (UKSW), Dr Corinne Fournier Kiss (University of Bern), Prof. Ph.D. Siergiej Gindin (Russian State University for the Humanities), Ph.D. Jacek Kopci┼äski (UKSW), Ph.D. Marek Kowalski (UKSW), Prof. Ph.D. Anna Lema┼äska (UKSW); Prof. Ph.D. Jaros┼éaw ┼üawski (University of Bern); Prof. Ph.D. Wies┼éaw Macek (UKSW), Ph.D. Marcin Por─Öba (UW), Fr. Prof. Ph.D. Jaros┼éaw Ró┼╝a┼äski (UKSW); Ph.D. Magdalena Saganiak (UKSW) (chairwoman), Dr Dominik Sulej; prof. Ph.D. Marek Szyd┼éowski (Jagiellonian University), Fr. Ph.D. Pawe┼é Tambor (KUL), Ph.D. Marian Turza┼äski (WMP UKSW); Dr Mateusz Werner (WNH UKSW), Prof. Ph.D. Zofia Zar─Öbianka (Jagiellonian University)

We also started researching in a new area:
Studies on national and European identity (language – culture – consciousness – self-determination). 

Here our purpose is learning about history, literature and culture as means of creating social bonds, rethinking knowledge of the past and present in order to develop possible projects of the future for society, integrating knowledge in various fields to identify the conditions of contemporary societies and develop proposals for their development, also in the aspect of participation in the community of Europeans, portraying culture as a sphere of shared experience, helpful in solving current tasks and problems. 

Subject matter: language, ideas for thinking about society and nation, the types of internal diversity, the concepts of subjectivity, the concepts of individual freedom and collective relationships, the forms of tradition and memory, the types of religiosity and spirituality, the forms of self-determination. 


Seven conferences (and two symposia) have taken place – all at the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszy┼äski. 

October 22-23, 2009
I Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference: 
"Medytacja. Sposób poznania, postawa intelektualna, gatunek dyskursu"
[Meditation. The way of cognition, the intellectual attitude, the genre of discourse]

April 26-28, 2012
II Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference:
"Niesko┼äczono┼Ť─ç w refleksji cz┼éowieka (teologia, filozofia, duchowo┼Ť─ç, nauka, kultura, sztuka)"[Infinity in human reflection (theology, philosophy, spirituality, science, culture, art)]

April 18-20, 2013 
III Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference: 
"Ró┼╝nica – to┼╝samo┼Ť─ç – zmiana"
[Difference - Identity – Change]

April 24-26, 2014 
IV Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference: 
"Byt – nico┼Ť─ç – nihilizm"
[Existence - Nothingness – Nihilism]

April 14-16, 2016
V Interdisciplinary Conference 
"Czas – przestrze┼ä – czasoprzestrze┼ä"
[Time - Space - Space-time]

December 8-9, 2016, 
VI Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference
"Spo┼éecze┼ästwo polskie dzi┼Ť – samo┼Ťwiadomo┼Ť─ç, uznanie, edukacja"
[Polish Society now. Self-consciousness - Approval – Education]

December 2, 2017
"Odpowiedzialno┼Ť─ç za s┼éowo w komunikacji literackiej"
[Responsibility for word at literary communication]

October 18-19, 2018
VII International Interdisciplinary Conference:
"Podmiot – to┼╝samo┼Ť─ç, ┼Ťwiadomo┼Ť─ç, niepodleg┼éo┼Ť─ç / Subject – Identity, Consciousness, Independence"

January 16, 2020 
Sympozjum "Dionizos – Apollo – Chrystus. Wokó┼é idei Króla Rogera Karola Szymanowskiego i Jaros┼éawa Iwaszkiewicza" 
[Symposium "Dionizos – Apollo – Chrystus. King Roger by Karol Szymanowski and Jaros┼éaw Iwaszkiewicz] (in cooperation with Pracownia Historii Dramatu na Polonistyce UW)

Further conferences are being planned

November, 2022 
VIII International Interdisciplinary Conference:


(1) "Medytacja. Sposób poznania, postawa intelektualna, gatunek dyskursu"
[Meditation. The method of cognition, the intellectual attitude, the genre of discourse]. Ed. Teresa Kostkiewiczowa and Magdalena Saganiak, Wydawnictwo UKSW [UKSW Publishing House], Warszawa 2010

(2) Niesko┼äczono┼Ť─ç. Badania interdyscyplinarne 
[Infinity. Interdyscyplinary studies]. Ed. Magdalena Saganiak, Anna Kozłowska, Dominik Sulej, Wydawnictwo Naukowe UKSW, Warszawa 2017

(3) Spo┼éecze┼ästwo polskie dzi┼Ť. Samo┼Ťwiadomo┼Ť─ç – uznanie  – edukacja 
[Polish society now. Self-consciousness – approval – education] Ed. Magdalena Saganiak, Mateusz Werner, Magdalena Wo┼║niewska-Dzia┼éak, ┼üukasz Kucharczyk, Wydawnictwo NCK i Wydawnictwo Naukowe UKSW, Warszawa 2018 (cooperation with National Centre for Culture Poland)

(4) Byt. Interdyscyplinarne badania podstawowe. Cz─Ö┼Ť─ç I: Ró┼╝nica – to┼╝samo┼Ť─ç zmiana. Cz─Ö┼Ť─ç II: Byt – nico┼Ť─ç – nihilizm 
[Existence. Interdisciplinary basic research. Part I: Ró┼╝nica – to┼╝samo┼Ť─ç – zmiana [Difference – identity – change]. Part II: Byt – nico┼Ť─ç – nihilizm [Existence – nothingness – nihilism]. Ed. Magdalena Saganiak, Anna Koz┼éowska, Mateusz Werner, Wydawnictwo Naukowe UKSW, Warszawa 2019

(5) Czasoprzestrze┼ä 
[Space-time]. Ed. Magdalena Saganiak, Anna Kozłowska, Dominik Sulej, Warszawa 2020

In printing

(6) Odpowiedzialno┼Ť─ç za s┼éowo 
[Responsibility for word] Ed. Magdalena Saganiak, Dominik Sulej, Szymon Kurpanik, Weronika Rychta, Wydawnictwo Naukowe UKSW, Warszawa 2021

In preparation

(6)Manfred Frank, Subjektivität und Selbstbewusstsein / Subjectivity and Selfconsciousness / Podmiotowo┼Ť─ç i ┼Ťwiadomo┼Ť─ç siebie. Lecture in German with discussion in German, English and Polish, red. Magdalena Saganiak (Wydzia┼é Nauk Humanistycznych UKSW), Marcin Por─Öba (Instytut Filozofii UW) (wydanie wyk┼éadu wyg┼éoszonego w UKSW).

(7) Podmiot – to┼╝samo┼Ť─ç, ┼Ťwiadomo┼Ť─ç, niepodleg┼éo┼Ť─ç / Subject – Identity, Consciousness, Independence, red. Magdalena Saganiak (Wydzia┼é Nauk Humanistycznych UKSW), Marcin Por─Öba (Instytut Filozofii UW)

Warsaw, April the 5th, 2021
Magdalena Saganiak