Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rik Pinxten

Professor and Researcher | Ghent University

1947, studied philosophy and moral science at the Ghent University. Researcher at the NSF Belgium (1972-1983), and ordinary professor anthropology and religious studies at the Ghent University. Guest professor at Northwestern University, Chicago, at Syracuse University (NY) and at Vienna University (Austria). 

Research in cognitive anthropology, especially space and native geometry (Navajo, USA and immigrants in EU). Rsearch into the epistemology of social sciences and religious studies. 

He is also an activist with essays on the culturally mixed society in the urbanised world, the role of child-centered education in a mixed society and the development of a decolonized mentality in order to successfully deal with the global problems of the 21st century (climate, poverty, etc.). This involves many lectures, conferences for organisations of the civic society and media presentations. 

Rik published 25 books and some 150 articles in different languages. E.g.: Anthropology of space (UPennPress, Philadelphia, 1983); Culture and Politics (Berghahn Publ., Oxford), The Creation of God (P.Lang, Frankfurt, 2010), Multimathemacy: Anthropology and Mathematics education (Springer, NY, 2016).