Chiara Robbiano is Associate professor of philosophy, diversity committee chair, and lecturer in the China Studies track at University College Utrecht (Utrecht University, NL). She has been a visiting professor of philosophy at Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan). With a background in Ancient Greek Philosophy, she is working on cross-cultural philosophy, in dialogue with ancient and medieval Greek, Indian, Japanese and other East Asian philosophers, contemporary philosophers of education and disability. She is publishing in books and peer-reviewed journals such as Philosophy East and West, Ancient Philosophy, Journal of World Philosophies, Journal of Buddhist Philosophy, Culture and Dialogue. She co-edited Key Concept in World Philosophies. A toolkit for philosophers, for Bloomsbury Academic, a volume with 45 chapters (2023), and she is part of the international Buddhist-Platonist Dialogues. She is a board member of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and serves as reviewer for various philosophy journals. She is also involved in SoTL (scholarship of teaching and learning) and in projects promoting dialogue and reflection in students, teachers and the broader public, such as the TV series Food For Thought.
Chiara Robbiano is interested in developing concepts and frameworks, in dialogue with both ancient and contemporary thinkers, that can shed light on contemporary predicaments, and, when possible, recommend practices or changes. In her most recent publications, she adapted Ancient Greek, South Asian and East Asian frameworks to make suggestions towards valuing and practicing diversity. Studying philosophy has always been a way for her to probe under our unexamined everyday assumptions and to cultivate intellectual humility. She believes we should always seek new frameworks, projects and conversation partners, to engage together in epistemic friction and real dialogues across differences.