[Humanist] 27.946 events: Digital Classicist (London); "Imagine there were no humanities" (Warsaw)

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Apr 5 11:45:04 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 946.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Simon Mahony <s.mahony at UCL.AC.UK>                         (20)
        Subject: Digital Classicist London seminar series 2014 programme

  [2]   From:    Bogdan Trifunovic <btrifunovic at gmail.com>                 (68)
        Subject: Imagine there were no humanities CfP, Warsaw, 20-21 November

        Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:43:31 +0100
        From: Simon Mahony <s.mahony at UCL.AC.UK>
        Subject: Digital Classicist London seminar series 2014 programme

We are pleased to announce that the programme for the Digital Classicist 
London 2014 Seminar Series is now online at 


Simon Mahony
Senior Teaching Fellow
Programme Director MA/MSc Digital Humanities[1]
UCL Centre for Digital Humanities[2]
Department of Information Studies
University College London
Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Tel: 020 7679 0092
Fax: 020 7383 0557

s.mahony at ucl.ac.uk

[1] www.ucl.ac.uk/dh/courses/mamsc
[2] www.ucl.ac.uk/dh/

        Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:15:48 +0200
        From: Bogdan Trifunovic <btrifunovic at gmail.com>
        Subject: Imagine there were no humanities CfP, Warsaw, 20-21 November 2014

Please distribute the following Call for Papers.
Thanks, Bogdan Trifunovic


The Faculty of "Artes Liberales" http://al.uw.edu.pl/eng.php,
University of Warsaw, is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the
international two-day conference

Imagine there were no humanities...

which will be held in Warsaw on 20th-21st November 2014.


The aim of the conference is to bring together all those interested in
discerning the future of the humanities. The conference is intended
for a broad constituency: Master's and doctoral students, PhD holders,
university teachers, writers, journalists, etc. An additional aim is
to act as a summary of all the many discussions which took place
during the Faculty's four-year International Doctoral Programme (MPD,

We invite you to conduct a simple thought experiment. Imagine for a
moment that we live in a world with no humanities. There are no
literary studies, no history, no philosophy and no art history. All
those disciplines have now disappeared from sight, never to return
again. What will the consequences of this disappearance be? What will
be lost if we lose the humanities?

Our thought experiment assumes that the humanities are contingent.
They appeared on the intellectual scene at a certain point in time,
and it is possible that they could disappear at another point in time.
Can we predict the consequences of this disappearance?

We would like to treat this thought experiment as a pretext for
discussion of the identity of the humanities and the identities of
researchers in the humanities. We assume that the question of identity
can be posed anew by reflection on what would be lost without the
humanities. Most importantly we would like to raise the question of
the past, present and future of the humanities.

The following list of themes suggests, but does not exhaust, the
framework of our thought experiment:

- Humanities and ideology: are the humanities ideologised or do they
offer an antidote against ideology?
- Recovering the silenced voices: how do we read the official and
non-official history of the humanities?
- The researcher in the humanities and his role today: what can we
learn from critics of the humanities?
- No humanities - no gender, no race? What would be the future of
gender equality without gender studies? How could racism and
colonialism be critically verified without postcolonial studies?
- The 'collective' and 'individual' in the research process: in what
way could large scale, collaborative research projects reshape both
the humanities and researchers in the humanities?
- Subjects and objects of research in the humanities: could the
absence of the subject (the researcher) of the humanities lead also to
the disappearance of their object?

We invite you to give short, dynamic presentations (ca. 10 minutes) on
any of these or related topics, which will be followed by a longer
panel discussion. The authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to
provide extended resumes (ca. 1000 words) of their papers, which will
be circulated among all the participants one month prior to the
meeting. The language of the conference is English.

Please send a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to the conference
email address imaginenohumanities at gmail.com by 30th June 2014. Should
you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us or check
the conference website at http://imaginenohumanities.ibi.uw.edu.pl/.

After the conference, we plan to publish selected, extended papers in
the form of a monograph. All papers submitted for the conference
publication will be peer-reviewed by a scientific committee: Prof.
Maciej Abramowicz, Prof. Jerzy Axer, Prof. Jan Kieniewicz, Prof. Ewa
Łukaszyk, Prof. Joanna Partyka, Prof. Jolanta Sujecka, Prof. Piotr

Unfortunately, we are not able to refund the costs of attendance,
however we can help with arranging accommodation in Warsaw during the
period of the conference.

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