Imagine There Were No Humanities

Take part in event, Warsaw 20-21 November 2014

How to get there?

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?

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:

About us

This event will conclude four years of research that we engaged in as part of International PhD Program "The Traditions of Mediterranean Humanism and the Challenges of Our Times: the Frontiers of Humanity". The program was organized by Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw. Our faculty continues and develops all the scientific activities of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies “Artes Liberales” (IBI AL) and of the former Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition in Poland and East-Central Europe OBTA (twice the winner of the Hanna Arendt Prize for “innovative programs and interdisciplinary study in the humanities”), which still forms one of its most important departments. From 1992 various scientific programs of interdisciplinary research on the Greek and Roman tradition as well as experimental academic studies (B.A., M.A. Ph.D.) have been realized with a close participation of partners from this region of Europe, chiefly from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

Getting there

Venue

The event will take place in Faculty of “Artes Liberales” in Warsaw on Dobra 72 room 9

Programme

All events will take place in WBI 'AL' on Dobra 72, room nr 9

First Day

20.11.2014  (9:30-17:00)

From 9:30 Registration of the Participants

10:00 Opening

Greeting words from Jerzy Axer, Dean of the Faculty

10:15 Key-note lecture: Rita Felski, “The Humanities Beyond Critique“

11:15 Panel 1. Looking Back

12:15 Coffee Break

12:45 Panel 2. Introducing the Ethic of Care

13:45 Lunch

14:45 Panel 3. Glance Ahead

15:45 Coffee break

16:00 Key-note lecture: Agnieszka Graff, „What's the Point of Humanities? Revisiting Arguments Made in US and UK in the Context of Polish Debate”

17:00 Dinner

Second Day

21.11.2014  (10:00-17:00)

10:00 Opening of the Second Day of the Workshop

Key-nore lecture: Irina Savelieva, „Thoughts About Why Humanities Did Not Become Social Sciences: Flexibility and Resistability

11:00 Panel 4. The Crisis Paradigm

11:45 Coffee Break

12:15 Panel 5. Debate on the Philosphy of Humanities

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Panel 6. Technology and Network

14:30Key-note lecture: Krzysztof Ziarek

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Closing remarks: Imagine There Were No Humanities

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