Call for Papers: The Humanities in the 21st Century

Call for Papers: The Humanities in the 21st Century
A Conference for Graduate Students

Friday 14th March 2014 at Ertegun House, 37A St Giles’ Oxford

What is the role of the humanities in the modern world? Should the humanities be held to the same standards as the natural sciences or professionalization-oriented university programmes? What is the relationship between humanities research, and politics, civil society, artistic production, cultural/social movements, and others? Why are the humanities so valuable? Why do we want to celebrate and foster the academic study of humanities?

We invite 20-minute presentations by graduate students, not necessarily formal in nature, on topics relating to the value and role of humanities in contemporary society. Please send a 100 to 200-word abstract proposal to by 24th February. Travel bursaries of up to ₤50 are available for presenters.

The conference will end with a public discussion at Pembroke College, Activist Humanities in a Global Context, headlined by Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif, followed by a dinner at Pembroke for those presenting papers at the graduate conference.

This graduate conference is sponsored by Ertegun House in collaboration with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).

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Humanities & the Public Good