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AUG

2017

Address by Gejin Chao, President of CIPSH, at the Clossing Session for the 2017 World Humanities Conference

Address by Gejin Chao, President of CIPSH, on the occasion of the ClosingSession for the 2017 World Humanities Conference: Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition, Liège, Belgium, 11 August 2017 Your Excellences Mr. Paul-Emile Mottard, President of the Provincal College of Liege, Madam Nada Al-Nashif, Assitant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO,......

AUG

2017

World Humanities Conference: a success today, a commitment for tomorrow

The World Humanities Conference completes its work in Liège on 11 August 2017: An occasion for the local organisers to draw up a positive first assessment of this world premiere that will resonate for a long time to come. Successful organisation and positive impacts The Liège-based organisers (Province, City and University of Liège) are delighted by the trust shown by UNESCO and......

AUG

2017

A New Humanities Agenda for the 21st Century

Outcome Document of 2017 World Humanities Conference
World Humanities Conference Liège, Belgium, 6-11 August 2017 Outcome Document A New Humanities Agenda for the 21st Century 11 August 2017 We, the participants in the World Humanities Conference held in Liège, Belgium, from 6 to 11 August 2017, who have come from all around the world to reflect and to engage in dialogues to establish a new agenda for the humanities of the 21st century; Commending......

AUG

2017

Address by Gejin Chao, President of CIPSH, at the Opening Ceremony for the 2017 World Humanities Conference

Address by Gejin Chao, President of CIPSH, on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony for the 2017 World Humanities Conference: Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition, Liège, Belgium, 6 August 2017 Excellencies Mr. Getachew Engida, the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO and Mr. Paul-Emile Mottard, the Député-Président du Collège provincial de......

AUG

2017

Adama Samassékou: Humanitude, or how to quench the thirst for humanity

© Dima Vazinovich Faced with the failure of the western model of development, which puts the culture of having before the culture of being, it is becoming urgent to develop a different project for society – one that is founded upon humanitude, a concept that explores openness to the Other, the only possible way out for a disenchanted world. By Adama Samassékou It has become commonplace......

AUG

2017

Draft Outcome Document: A New Humanities Agenda for the 21st Century

* Your comments and suggestions are welcome. Please send it to CIPSH cipsh@unesco.org and WHC2017 whc2017@unesco.org. You can click and downloadthepdf formatsHEREfor the English and HERE for the French. 【English Version】 【French Version】......

JUL

2017

Programme of the World Humanities Conference_21 July 2017

Pleasedownload thePDF version of the Programme.......

JUL

2017

World Humanities Conference

When, local time: Sunday, 6 August 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, 12 August 2017 - 6:00pm Where: Belgium, Liège Type of Event: Meeting by Member States or Institutions Contact: John Crowley, j.crowley@unesco.org The World Humanities Conference. Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition” will take place in Liège, Belgium, from 6 to 12 August 2017. Co-organized......

JUN

2017

World Humanities Conferece-Poster Session

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MAY

2017

World Humanities Conference – Poster submission

Poster Proposal (complete the table below) ClickHEREfor the programme of the 2017 conference. Name of author Institutional affiliation Name(s) of the co-author(s) ......

NOV

2016

CALL FOR PROPOSALS OF SYMPOSIA AND PAPERS

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OCT

2016

WORLD HUMANITIES CONFERENCE – preliminary programme

A first outline of the programme is now available. Further proposals of themes, sessions and symposia are welcome, and should be sent to cmh-wch@ulg.ac.be and cipsh@unesco.org. Download PDF......

SEP

2016

The International Year of Global Understanding Newsletter #3

Greetings friends and colleagues, Since our last newsletter in June, 2016, many exciting developments have taken place. We now have two new Regional Action Centers, one in Skopje and one in Warsaw, and are developing plans to establish many more RACs. Keep reading to go over the most important events, updates, and developments for the IYGU! Best wishes, Benno Werlen, IYGU Executive Director Regional......

JUN

2016

INVITATION TO ALL SCHOLARS AND SCHOLARLY INSTITUTIONS IN THE WORLD

Towards the World Humanities Conference, 6-12 August, 2017 in Liège
The world – all countries and nations, all people and academies – is experiencing and facing the challenges of global cultural, social and environmental changes, which call upon all to find innovative responses, rooted in the diversity of perspectives driven by the multitude of diverse past and ongoing understandings of science, culture, education and sustainability. Human history is......

JUN

2016

World Humanities Conference 2017 - Press Kit

To redefine the foundations, role and commitment of the humanities in contemporary society at global level
What is it all about? UNESCO, with the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences and Liège Together, has started the preparation of the WORLD HUMANITIES CONFERENCE. This will be a major gathering to be prepared during the next 18 months, engaging all fields of knowledge in all countries, focused on the role and scope of the humanities in contemporary society. Why is it......

MAR

2016

World Humanities Conference

Liège, Belgium, 6-12 August 2017
The World Humanities Conference will take place in Liège, Belgium, from 6 to 12 August 2017. It will be preceded by a series of conferences and other academic events, engaging all continents. The conference, which will involve scholars from all fields of the humanities, but also of the natural, social and formal sciences, is open to all possible contributions. It will be structured around......

FEB

2016

WCH - Invitation to the Core Group Meeting, 20th March 2016

Dear members of the Core Group of the WCH, The third core group meeting for the WCH will take place on Saturday, the 19th, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, the 20th of March, from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m., at the Centre d’Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques (CHST), Place Delcour 17, in Liege. It is my pleasure to invite you to it and to send you herewith the synthesis of our previous......

FEB

2016

[video] CHAO Gejin: The motivations behind the World Humanities Conference 2017

A Visual Statement toUNESCO Media, which was put on the Youtube channel for UNESCO on 1 February 2016. Here is the link to watch the video: https://youtu.be/yyAAJw0GgRE......

JAN

2016

PRESS CONFERENCE: Announcing the World Humanities Conference and related events

PRESS CONFERENCE UNESCO - MONDAY 18TH JANUARY - 11 AM - 1PM Announcing the World Humanities Conference and related events INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW What? UNESCO, with the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences and Liège Together, started the preparation of the WORLD HUMANITIES CONFERENCE, preceded and followed by a large series of other events. What for? The Conference......

SEP

2015

Towards the World Conference of the Humanities: A Brief Overview

THE WORLD CONFERENCE OF THE HUMANITIES A Brief Overview Objective The Conference results from the awareness of the need to re-think the scope and role of human sciences in contemporary society, resuming the understanding of the relevance of the Humanities for everyday life. The need for such an agenda is twofold. On one hand, there has been no global re-thinking on the role and scope of humanities......

AUG

2015

Mr. André GILLES speech, Provincial Deputy President

Delivered at the Provincial Palace of Liege
Delivered at the Provincial Palace of Liege Majesties, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, On this day on which we commemorate the outbreak of the First World War, which shook the certainties and perceptions of people at the time – and whose consequences have profoundly marked subsequent generations – His Majesty the King has given the Province of Liège the honour of welcoming you,......

MAY

2015

Adama SAMASSEKOU: Crystal Campus

Adama SAMASSEKOU was guest of honour at the Advanced Technical College of the Province of Liège for the “Campus de Cristal 2013” award ceremony on Tuesday, May 7
Adama SAMASSEKOU was guest of honour at the Advanced Technical College of the Province of Liège for the Campus de Cristal 2013” award ceremony on Tuesday, May7. As every year since 2002, the communication students of the Advanced Technical College of the Province of Liège selected a person out of the world of media or culture for the award of the Campus de Cristal”. This approach......

APR

2015

Six Themes

OCT

2015

The Six themes of the World Humanities Conference

Theme I. Humans and Environment In general terms, it is about the connection that men have with nature from a psychological, social and ecological angle. Then, in a transcultural perspective, we will study the image of nature, including in its relations with what is perceived as supernatural, and its evolution through history, the representation of nature through languages, arts and science, the history......

Call For Proposals of Symposia and Papers

 

World Humanities Conference

Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition

Liège, 6th-12th August 2017

CALL FOR PROPOSALS OF SYMPOSIA AND PAPERS 

 

 

Purpose and scope
Humanities have been a main structuring dimension of knowledge and understanding of societies throughout time, allowing to approach complexity, rendering time and causal dimensions to features or making sense of processes. Actually, the divide between the Humanities and other knowledge clusters (e.g. natural sciences or technologies) is a recent feature. One of the first initiatives undertaken in the framework of UNESCO, soon after World War II, was the establishment of the International Council for the Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, in January 1949. Yet, Humanities lost ground in the most recent decades, while global acceleration led societies to focus on short term issues rather than on foresight and mid to long term concerns.
Four several dimensions are to be considered when attempting to resume a central role for the Humanities in contemporary society, namely their epistemological framework, their institutional networking, the scope of Humanities concerns in daily life of societies and their relations to the arts and education. It is within these concerns that the World Humanities’ Conference will be organised, by CIPSH, UNESCO and Liège Together partners, in August 2017.
This is the time for Humanities scholars, but also related collaborators, artists, scientists or policy makers, to stand forward. The global context is difficult, and the preparation of a World Conference is difficult. This is precisely why it is so needed, and we address to you.
Humanities themes offer a unique sight into global concerns, offering them specific time length and causal sequencing understandings. While six main topics have been proposed, as key interfaces between Humanities research and societal concerns, the World Humanities’ Conference invites submissions from all Humanities disciplines and encourages them to address those themes and related issues on the basis of Humanistic methodologies and epistemologies. Papers, sessions and symposia which address these broad issues from the perspective of History, Creative Literature, Visual Arts, Performative Media, Anthropology, Comparative cultural studies, Archaeology, Philosophy or any other Humanities fields, are welcome.
The World Humanities’ Conference is being largely prepared with a bottom-up methodology, and has a major and ambitious challenge: to change the tide and resume centrality for the Humanities. This will mainly depend on the engagement of scholars across the world. There are countless relevant research and applied projects and networks in the domains of the Humanities, but there is little coordination and awareness about them.
There is a growing feeling of the need to change methods, approaches and concerns, but this is the moment to focus and integrate them within a diversity framework. Please do bring your research, concerns, doubts and proposals for this major forum that will start reversing the course of Humanities periphery current status.
 
Structure and deadlines
The world Conference will accept proposals of sessions, symposia and of papers for sessions.
The sessions are organized under the sub-topics of six sections, as in the attached list; it is possible to propose sessions within the sections, until November 1st, 2016.
The symposia are organized by a professional association or a specific group, and should address a specific theme not covered by the sessions. Symposia proposals must include a minimum of six papers by different participants, and may be proposed until January 31st, 2017.
The papers are submitted for any of the sessions listed in the attachment and the conference website, and may be submitted until March 30th, 2017.
Please complete one or more of the proposals forms, attached.
 

Send the  proposals to  cmh-wch@ulg.ac.be and cipsh@unesco.org.

 

LIST OF SESSIONS


SECTION I. HUMANITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Session 1. Environmental Anthropology, Interpretation and Creativity
Session 2. History of the Natural Environment and Climate
Session 3. Humans and the Environment: Adaptations and Modifications
Session 4. Humans and the Environment in the Industrial Era

Session 5. The Humanities in Environmental Management
Session 6. Environment, Societies and Values
SECTION II. CULTURAL IDENTITIES, CULTURAL DIVERSITIES AND INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS: A GLOBAL MULTICULTURAL HUMANITY
Session 1. Interdisciplinary Approach to Cultural Identity and its Components
Session 2. Cultural Identity and Diversity in Dynamic Perspective
Session 3. Internal Analysis of Interculturalism
Session 4. Dynamic Analysis of Interculturalism
Session 5. Roads of Dialogue, Paths of Knowledge and Cultural Routes

SECTION III. BORDERS AND MIGRATIONS
Session 1. Conceptual Analysis
Session 2. Borderscape: Borders as Organization of Space: Tracing and Marking
Session 3. Migration in its Dynamics
Session 4. Migration, Culture and Values

SECTION IV. HERITAGE
Session 1. Regarding the Notion of Heritage
Session 2. Threats to Tangible Heritage
Session 3. Threats to Intangible Heritage
Session 4. New Patrimonialisations
Session 5. Heritage Reclaimed

SECTION V. HISTORY, MEMORY AND POLITICS
Session 1. Epistemological Perspectives
Session 2. The Work of the Historian in its Political Context
Session 3. Commemorations, Celebrations and Remembrance
Session 4. From Eurocentric History to Multipolar History
Session 5. Collective Memory and the Consequences of War
SECTION VI. THE HUMANITIES IN A CHANGING WORLD. WHAT CHANGES THE WORLD AND IN THE WORLD? WHAT CHANGES THE HUMANITIES AND IN THE HUMANITIES?
Session 1. Surveys on the Evolution of the Humanities
Session 2. Digital Worlds
Session 3. The New Research Landscape
Session 4. Old Texts, New Approaches
Session 5. Publication and Assessment
Session 6. The Humanities, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Social Sciences
Session 7. Humanities, Education and Culture
Session 8. Gender studies
Concluding Session: Rebuilding the Humanities, Rebuilding Humanism

 

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