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Cultural Diversities East and West: Postcommunism, Postcolonialism and Ethnicity

Central European University, 22 July-2 August 2002

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Dusan Pajin
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Name Dusan PAJIN
Country

Yugoslavia

Residence Belgrade
Nationality European, of a mixed lineage: Serbian, German, Hungarian, Romanian...
Sex Male
Age 60
Educational background PhD (1978) in Philosophy from University of Sarajevo. B.A. (1968) in Philosophy from Belgrade University.
Present position Full Professor of Art Philosophy.
Teaches: Art Philosophy.
Was: Senior editor of Kulture Istoka (Eastern Cultures), an arts quarterly journal.
Employer Arts University Belgrade
Research interests Art philosophy. East-West interfaith dialogue. Far East philosophy.
Current research European Culture - past, present, future
Conferences, competitions... 1990 - Vienna, Austria - VIIIth World Sanskrit Conference
1991 - Ceret, France - Colloquium "India - Europe - Postmodernity", organized by the Paris College International de Philosophie.
1994 - Taipei, China - International Conference on Buddhism and Chinese Culture

Papers delivered in absentia at international conferences in Honolulu, New Delhi, Nottingham, Honk Kong, Spain, Seattle USA, Japan...

Professional affiliation Serbian Aesthetics Society
Silk Road
Silk Road (Click on picture to enlarge)
Publications Dozens of books and articles on Far Eastern philosophy, European Identity, East-West relations. Recent published articles in English:
  • "Ecstasy of the Moment and the Depth of Time", Dharma World, vol. 28, Nov/Dec 2001, Tokio.
  • "The Vision and the Reality of Europeanism", Dialogue and Universalism, vol. XI, no. 1-2/2001, Warsaw University.
  • "Globalization and the European Identity", Slavic Studies, 14(1), 2000, Journal of the North American Society for Serbian Studies, Indiana U, Bloomingtom.
  • "Life after Death, Life before Death: Fabrics of Life in the Stories of Bo Uang", The Thought and Literary Works of Bo Yang, Taipei 2000.
  • "Vision and Reality of the European Identity" -- KRITIKA, etc., June, 2000 -- an electronic journal, edited by Vladimir Milicic & Dusan Puvacic
  • "I have no time" (Introduction for the Anthology of Contemproary Yugoslav Poetry, published in Chinese, Taipei 1997, Beijing 1998.
  • "Symbolism of Chinese Gardens", Journal of Oriental Studeis, vol. XXXIV, no.1, Honk Kong University 1996.
  • "Dharmandhatu and Existence", Europe-Inde-Portmodernité, ed. R. Ivekovic, J. Poulain, N. Blandin. Paris 1992.
  • "The Legitimacy of the Term Philosophy in an Asian Context", Journal of Indian Philosophy, vol. 15, no.4, Drodrecht 1987.

Books by Dusan Pajin:
  • - Other Knowledge, Belgrade 1975.
  • - Sources of East and West, Belgrade 1979.
  • - The Philosophy of the Upanishads, Belgrade (two editions, 1980, 1990)
  • - Tantrism and Yoga, Belgrade 1986.
  • - The Value of the Intangible, Belgrade 1990.
  • - The Oceanic Feeling, Sarajevo 1990.
  • - Wen-hsing ti pien-yüan (selected poems), Taipei 1992, Beijing 1993.
  • - Embodiment and Redemption, Nolit, Belgrade 1995.
  • - Inner Light - Philosophy of Indian Art, Svetovi, Novi Sad 1997 (240 p. illustrated).
  • - Philosophy of Art in China and Japan, BMG, Belgrade, 1998 (390 p. illustrated).
  • - Contemporary Art Philosophy (300 pages - unpublished)
  • - Signs on the Way (essays - 210 pages - unpublished)
  • - Dictionary of Taoism (220 pages - co-author with A. Marinkovic - unpublished)
  • - Once in a Lifetime (short stories - 120 pages - unpublished)
  • Water in the Desert - Philosophy of Contemporary Art (450 p. illustrated), forthcoming.
A full list of the books edited by Dusan Pajin is to be found here
Excerpts from publications Read several articles by Dusan here
Case study for the summer course PARIS - KARAKORUM - VIA BELGRADE
DIVERSITIES AND ENCOUNTERS OF EAST AND WEST, IN THE 13TH C. EUROPE

Read Dusan's case study here.

Lotuses on the Pond
Lotuses on the Pond
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Statement of interest My own understanding and information on issues related to East and Southern Europe are deficient, due to ten years of isolation under the Milosevic regime. Now, with the encounter with colleagues from other countries from the region, and outside the region, I hope to gain updated information, as well as better understanding of multiculturalism, ehtnicity, and postcommunist theory.

Since I am professionally related to arts, and the media, this will help me to understand and articulate the relationship of these, towards multiculturalism, ehtnicity, gender and cultural studies.

This will also help me to draw my own parallels and make my own comparisons between realities that are apparently (or really) unlike, or similar: between ex-Yugoslavia countries, the bygone colonial countries, and states of the former Soviet block.

Personal message Since 1970 in my writings and public activities I tired to promote tolerance in religious affairs, minority rights and maintenance of cultural identity across the traditional divide East West. With the breakout of civil wars and religious strife in ex-Yugoslavia, I had a sense of failure, but I realized that I have to continue under new conditions, since there is no real alternative.

Long time ago I realized that to sympathize with someone’s sorrows, it is better to offer people some joy, rather then mirror their saddness. The 1991-1995 civil war in ex-Yugoslavia had much evil influence on lives, thoughts, and emotions even of people living in neighbourhood teritories. In those circumstances - when everything seemed "lost" and "without meaning" - I became extremely aware that positive thoughts, emotions, and attitudes are important like water in the desert - they help you to survive, and not to save hope, love and humaness, faced with desperation. Some of the paintings at this exhibition were made during the period of civil war, or just after that time, and I dedicate this exhibtion to values and hopes of peace, in times of war.

Plans for the future to get to Budapest, and back...
A Landscape from Former Life: Remembering Shubun
A Landscape from Former Life:
Remembering Subun.
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Hobbies Table tennis, archery.

Painting. Visit Dusan's beautiful online painting exhibition at Afrodita

"I have painted since 1958 - although with great gaps in between. During long periods I had to give up painting in favor of other obligations, or interests. Sometimes I would also stop when I needed a break, but most of the time these gaps in painting were compulsory, urged from outside. Therefore, it would be more correct to say that I resumed painting from time to time, during this period of forty years.

In "painting periods" I produced paintings, but after a while I did not know what to do with them, in terms of quantity. Also, I considered them as part of my schooling, and, therefore, disposable, like exercise notebooks from a previous school year. Therefore, I used to burn them, to produce heat, in those times when we still had fireplaces at home (during the sixties). Usually, I ended a period of painting by burning to ashes most of the paintings I made - leaving only few. In one letter to his brother Theo, Van Gogh commented on loneliness, saying that some people have a big fireplace in their souls, but people do not realize their warmth, and just pass by, only noticing some smoke above the chimney. Now, I used to make the point literal - turning my paintings virtually into heat, the fireplace of the soul was not a metaphor, but had word-for-word meaning.

On the other hand, new paintings came "out of the ashes" of former paintings. Therefore, my painting "come backs" were related to the phoenix symbol: to rise from your own ashes. I would start anew, with no burden - I remembered only my good paintings, and forgot unsuccessful ones. I stopped to burn my paintings in 1972, when I started to paint mandalas, inspired by Buddhist art. "

Thanks for visiting my webpage! Hvala na poseti !
See you soon in Budapest! Vidimo se uskoro u Pesti !
Contact e-mail: dpajin@f.bg.ac.yu
Links You can find more about Dusan by visiting the Dusan Pajin Home Page
as well as the superb Dusan Pajin Exhibition
 

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