Call for Papers

Theme: Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition
Type: World Humanities Confernece
Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO)
   International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (ICPHS)
Location: Liège (Belgium)
Date: 6.–12.8.2017
Deadline: 31.1.2017


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,

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.

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:

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
Session 7. Humanities, Education and Culture
Session 8. Gender Studies

Concluding Session:
Rebuilding the Humanities, Rebuilding Humanism

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