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:
- 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?
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.
The event will take place in Faculty of “Artes Liberales” in Warsaw on Dobra 72 room 9
All events will take place in WBI 'AL' on Dobra 72, room nr 9
From 9:30 Registration of the Participants
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
Natalia Obukowicz, „What Happened to the Good Man Speaking Well? The Ideal of Studia Humaniora and Humanities Today”
Katia Martemyanova, „The Experience of Falsification: Mystified Correspondence by M. Caillot-Duval”
Olimpia Dragouni, „Ideology and the Humanities in the Periphery: A Story That Becomes an Official History”
12:15 Coffee Break
12:45 Panel 2. Introducing the Ethic of Care
Karolina Mroziewicz, „Towards a Sensitive University: Feminist Critique of Science and Ethic of Care in Use”
Rimple Mehta, „From Denied Dependence to an Acknowledged Dependence: Making Caring Research Relationships a Possibility”
Julia Lewandowska, Vulnerable Geometries: Rethinking the Humanities out of the Inclination
14:45 Panel 3. Glance Ahead
Nina Kancewicz-Hoffman, „Cultural Literacy in Europe: What Impact, What Future?“
Olga Cielemęcka, Monika Rogowska-Stangret, “Stigmergy as a Collective Research Practice”
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”
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
Mark Stoholski, „Nothing of Value”
Kamil Wielecki, „The Arrow Paradox: In Motion of Anthropological Cognition”
11:45 Coffee Break
12:15 Panel 5. Debate on the Philosphy of Humanities
Krzysztof Skonieczny, „'Animalities'. Why Man is Not a Necessary Object of the Humanities”
Pawel Miech, „Too Even or Too Odd? Edgar Alan Poe on the Crisis of Humanities”
14:00 Panel 6. Technology and Network
Elçin Marasli, „Liberales Gone Global: How Does the Internet Challenge Studies in Humanities? ”
Łukasz Mirocha, „Humanities Enhaced by Technology Studies: A Critical Analysis”
Ewa Janion, „Beyond Text. Visual Display of Information in Literary Studies”
14:30Key-note lecture: Krzysztof Ziarek
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Closing remarks: Imagine There Were No Humanities
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