The aim of the University Centre of Excellence IMSErt – Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments is to go beyond the boundaries of traditionally, ideographically (descriptive) understood humanities and social sciences and move towards pioneering research, big data analysis, quantitative and experimental research focused on the nomothetical explanation of cultural processes (i.e. aiming at formulating regularities and laws). Activities of the Centre focus on creating truly interdisciplinary projects. Reflection on humanities and social sciences blending seamlessly with natural and exact sciences and using modern technologies (including digital and experimental tools in humanities), will allow the implementation of innovative research projects.
The Centre implements research in such disciplines as linguistics, archaeology, psychology, history of knowledge, memory studies, social geography, environmental studies, economics, finance and management and others. Five leading themes have been identified and will be implemented in the Centre:
- Past Environment, Societies and Cultures – Multidisciplinary Perspective;
- People, Space and Environment;
- Evolution of Communication Systems;
- Knowledge Complexity and Memory;
- Sustainable Development and the Society of the Future.
Among the initiatives that the Centre plans implementing is the establishment of the Foresight Lab, dealing with forecasting the future and close cooperation with the socio-economic environment, as well as broad international cooperation. We will also encourage the University’s staff to implement their projects in cooperation with the Centre, as well as to engage in independent and external funded projects. The idea behind the Centre is to promote new concepts and ways of practising humanities and social sciences, in strong connection with the achievements of the world’s top scientific achievements.