Book Cover: Ecosophy: a response to the global climate change
Autor: Jan Kieniewicz, Ulyana Vinokurova

This volume presents the introductory part of a symposium that took place at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, on July 1, 2019. The symposium, entitled “Nature and Culture in Inner And North Asian Perspectives,” was opened by a key-note speech delivered by Professor Ulyana Vinokurova, which was followed by a commentary of Professor Jan Kieniewicz. A translated and edited transcription of the two talks constitutes the content of this volume.

About the Authors

Jan Kieniewicz

Born 1938, Polish historian, Full Professor at the University of Warsaw. He graduated in History in 1960. In 1966, he obtained a doctoral degree under the supervision of Marian Małowist at the Institute of History, University of Warsaw. It was also at that institution that he received his postdoctoral degree (habilitation) in Modern History in 1974. In 1964, he completed an internship at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris under the supervision of Fernand Braudel. He became Associate Professor in 1983 and Full Professor in 1996. He was the head of the Iberian and Ibero-American Studies between 1975 and 1981, and a Deputy Director of the Institute of History at the University of Warsaw between 1981 and 1988. Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Spain in 1990–1994. Back at the University of Warsaw, he was a Deputy Director of the Center for Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA) and then of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research “Artes Liberales” (IBI AL) in 1996–2008. Between 2013 and 2018, he supervised the international doctoral program “Searching for Identity: Global Challenges, Local Traditions”. His research interests have included history of India and pre-colonial expansion, early-modern and modern Spain, and history of Poland and Europe. His current research concerns comparative history of civilization. His bibliography includes some 600 items.

Ulyana Vinokurova

Born 1947, Yakut academician, social activist and spiritual leader. She graduated from the Leningrad State University in 1971. She received the degrees of Doctor (Candidate) in Psychology in 1985 and Doctor of Science (Doctor) in Sociology in 1995. Between 1991 and 1998, she was the Head of the Ethnopsychology and Philosophy Department and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Research of Indigenous Peoples (Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences). In 1998–2003, she served as the Deputy of the State Assembly of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Currently, she works as the Director of the Center of Circumpolar Civilization and a Professor of the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts in Yakutsk, Russia. She has been actively involved in social projects in the Russian Arctic, including revitalization of indigenous languages and ways of living, preservation of sacred places, and ecological initiatives. Her bibliography covers more than 400 publications, including 26 monographs.