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BIO Krzysztof Gawlikowski


mourning Krzysztof Gawlikowski



Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Warsaw
Department of Asian Studies


Political scientist specializing in sinology. He researches the classic Chinese thought on strategy (e.g. Sun Tzu) as well as socio-political traditions of East Asia and their impact on the contemporary political and cultural transformations. His research interests also include comparative analysis of the Confucian-Buddhist culture and the Western culture as well as the differences in attitudes and behaviors arising from these two disparate world views.

Author of numerous publications, in various languages. Editor of many collective monographs on East Asia, written by Polish researchers. His research on Chinese strategic thought, in particular on The Art of War by Sun Tzu, was published in Polish and in Chinese and it has been quoted in academic publications in the People's Republic of China and in Taiwan. Founder and long standing Editor-in-Chief of Azja-Pacyfik: Społeczeństwo – Polityka – Gospodarka [Asia-Pacific: Society, - Politics - Economy] – the only Polish periodical focused on the issues of the contemporary South-East Asia.

Founder and long standing Head of the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). Initiator of the extensive book collection on East-Asia, at SWPS University’s Library. Founder of the Department of Asian Studies (formerly the Center for East Asian Civilization), at SWPS University, which organizes conferences and debates on contemporary issues of China, Japan and other countries of the East-Asia Region. Initiator of the Asian Studies program, with intensive Chinese language courses, at SWPS University.

In 2016, SWPS University celebrated the opening of the Chinese Book Center, which was founded thanks to the efforts of Professor Gawlikowski and the China International Publishing Group, on the occasion of the official visit of Xi Jinping, the President of the People’s Republic of China, in Poland.

At SWPS University, he teaches classical Chinese philosophy, religions of East-Asia, and East-West cultural differences.

Related information on SWPS University website