2017 Special Focus: New Directions of the Humanities in a Knowledge Society

The disciplinary strands of the humanities are fundamentally connected by the processes of knowing. This is not just any kind of knowing, but knowing who “we” are as human beings and as persons—our flaws, our aspirations, the nature of our differences, and our connections with one another. Within the context of the imaginary and reality of a knowledge society, a society defined today by the mediation of digital technologies, how might the established traditions, as well as new innovative practices, in the humanities set a renewed agenda for our future? How might they challenge the meaning, purpose, and outcomes of the knowledge society? What is the role of the humanities scholar as an agent of change? How does knowing in the academy become action in the world?

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