The New Directions in the Humanities Knowledge Community - Our History

Over the past decade, this knowledge community has created a remarkably rich body of work—at eleven conferences, in over two thousand published articles, and in thirty books. The conference and its companion journal, book series, and online media, attempt to explore the changing purposes and role of the humanities in an era dominated by economic and technological rationalisms.

First held at the University of the Aegean, on the island of Rhodes in Greece in 2003, the conference has moved its location each year to different countries and continents, each offering its own perspectives on the human condition and the current state of studies of the human.

In subsequent years, the conference has been held at the Monash University Centre in Prato, Italy (2004); Cambridge University, UK (2005); University of Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia (2006); American University of Paris, France (2007); Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey (2008); Beijing, China (2009); University of California, Los Angeles, USA (2010); Universidad de Granada, Spain (2011); the Centre Mont-Royal, Montréal, Canada (2012); Faculty of the Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary (2013); Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain (2014); and at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2015).

Among the speakers at the conference, we have been fortunate to have some of the leading thinkers in the Humanities today: writer and public intellectual, Tariq Ali; postocolonial theorist, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University); interpreter of national identities, Tom Nairn; gender studies theorist and psychoanalyst, Juliet Mitchell (Cambridge University); anthropologist Jack Goody (Cambridge University); historian Krishan Kumar (University of Virginia); and media studies analyst Douglas Kellner (University of California, Los Angeles).

Books published in the Humanities series span a broad range of topics, from the pathbreaking Discourse Analysis: A Social-Philosophical Grounding, by Kyrkos Doxiadis, to Humanistic Ecology: The Integration of Magic, Medicine, and Science, by Paolo Palmieri and a new, twenty-fifth anniversary edition of The Break-Up of Britain, by Tom Nairn.