October 27, 1945 – December 29, 2018

It is with deep sadness that the professors and students of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Bucharest announce the passing of Prof. Dr. Christian GIORDANO, remarkable Swiss anthropologist and sociologist, Permanent Guest Professor at the UNESCO Chair in Inter-cultural and Inter-religious Exchanges.

Christian GIORDANO was born in 1945 in Lugano, Switzerland. Between 1965 and 1973, he studied Sociology, Anthropology and History at the Universities of Bern and Heidelberg. Between 1967 and 1973, he studied at the University of Heidelberg as PhD student, where he obtained his PhD in 1973 with the thesis “Handwerker- und Bauernverbände in der sizilianischen Gesellschaft. Zünfte, Handwerkerkonfraternitäten und Arbeiterhilfsvereine zwischen 1750 und 1890 “. In 1987 he obtained the habilitation in Cultural Anthropology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt with the thesis “Die Betrogenen der Geschichte Überlagerungsmentalität und Überlagerungsrationalität in mediterranen Gesellschaften”.

Since 1989, he has been Professor of Ethnology and Social Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Since 2002, he has been a Permanent Guest Professor at the UNESCO Chair in Inter-cultural and Inter-religious Exchanges, teaching Social Anthropology and Contemporary Social Theory courses in Intercultural Communication and Intercultural Management Master Programs.

Professor Christian GIORDANO remains in our memory with the clear and bright image of the persevering and discreet, highly productive mentor of many generations of students constructive and committed academic in supporting interdisciplinary scientific research. We owe the existence of the UNESCO Chair in Inter-cultural and Inter-religious Exchanges, which has been running uninterrupted since 1999, with its generous specter of programs, to our honourable professor.

We extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Professor Giordano!

The full CV of Prof. Christian GIORDANO is available here http://unesco-chair.unibuc.ro/christian-giordano/