Conference Themes

The Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities features research addressing the following annual themes:

  • Theme 1: Critical Cultural Studies
  • Theme 2: Communication and Linguistics Studies
  • Theme 3: Literary Humanities
  • Theme 4: Civic, Political, and Community Studies
  • Theme 5: Humanities Education
  • 2018 Special Focus: Reconsidering Freedom

Plenary Speakers

The Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Sidonie Smith

Sidonie Smith

Lorna G. Goodison Distinguished University Professor, English and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, USA

Stewart Varner

Stewart Varner

Managing Director, Price Lab for Digital Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Paul M. Farber

Paul M. Farber

Managing Director, Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Pre-Conference Tour: Philadelphia's Historic District

Join other conference delegates and plenary speakers the day before the conference for a walking tour of Philadelphia's Historic District. As the location of the signing of the United States' Declaration of Independence in 1776, it is the perfect place to be on Independence Day.

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Conference Dinner: The Continental Mid-town

Located in downtown Philadelphia, The Continental Mid-town is an urban oasis offering a playful reprieve from the expected. Their mouth-watering menu features bold and eclectic flavors that are sure to excite your senses with every bite.

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