Jesper Garsdal (Denmark), VIA University College, Aarhus Denmark, Department of Teachers Education, Academic Coordinator of the Global Dialogue Prize, Assoc. Professor, VIA University College

Jesper Garsdal (Denmark), VIA University College, Aarhus Denmark, Department of Teachers Education, Academic Coordinator of the Global Dialogue Prize, Assoc. Professor, VIA University College

VIA University College, Aarhus Denmark, Department of Teachers Education, Academic Coordinator of the Global Dialogue Prize, Assoc. Professor, VIA University College

Biography:

Jesper Garsdal is associate professor at the VIA University College in Aarhus, Denmark, where he teaches on religion, philosophy and education. He has been working on intercultural philosophy since 1995.  In his dissertation (2002) he compared the different ideas of phenomenology and philosophical logic in Hegel and Hajime Tanabe. He has published in English and Danish on Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist and Chinese philosophy; more recently his research interests turned also to intercultural religious, spiritual and existential education across religious/nonreligious and national borders. He received a two-year research grant by the Danish Research Council in the Humanities (2004-2006) for a project on second order intercultural hermeneutics and interreligious dialogue. He was selected Cooligde Scholar at Cross Currents (2006) and has been invited speaker in Europe, Canada, China and Latin America.  In 2011 he has been invited speaker at the Islamic Faculty of Sciences in Sarajevo. Together with Johanna Seibt (Aarhus University) he organized two large international conferences on intercultural thought:  Understanding Conflicts—Intercultural Perspectives (Aarhus 2008) and Responsibility—Climate Change as Challenge for Intercultural Inquiry on Values (Aarhus 2009). Among his recent publications are Religion and Peaceful Conflicts (ed.) special issue of the Journal of Religion, Peace and Conflict (2010) and “Perspectives on Intercultural Philosophical Phenomenology”, as well as “The gatekeeper and the Doppelg?nger”,in Learning from the Other, ed. by Paulsen M. ; Koefoed O. ; Kromann J. (2011).

In 2008 Jesper Garsdal initiated, and developed together with Johanna Seibt, the idea of the Global Dialogue Prize (www.globadialogueprize.org ). The award acknowledges outstanding achievements in research in intercultural value studies, and/or the application of such research for the promotion of global intercultural  dialogue. The award (currently set at 85.000 Euro) was bestowed for the first time in 2009/2010. He is also one of the founding members of QMINT – Qualified Meetings on Intercultural Thought.