Garden Conversation with Ted Honderich, Fifth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, American University of Paris, Paris, France
Conference Dinner, Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Monash University Centre in Prato, Prato, Italy
Garden Conversation with Sir Jack Goody and Juliet Mitchell, Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Monash University Prato Center, Prato, Italy

Our History ...

The New Directions in the Humanities Research Network

Conference

First held at the University of the Aegean on the island of Rhodes in Greece in 2003, the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities 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. This knowledge community is brought together by a shared commitment to the humanities and a concern for their future.

The International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.

Publishing

The New Directions in the Humanities Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, community members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer review process. The New Directions in the Humanities Journal Collection provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through the New Directions in the Humanities Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.

Community

The New Directions in the Humanities Knowledge Community offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the community YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Members may also join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 2003 – University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece
  • 2004 - Monash University Centre in Prato, Italy
  • 2005 - Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  • 2006 -University of Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia
  • 2007 - American University of Paris, France
  • 2008 - Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2009 - Friendship Palace, Beijing, China
  • 2010 - University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2011 - Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain
  • 2012 - The Centre Mont-Royal, Montréal, Canada
  • 2013 - Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2014 - Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain
  • 2015 - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2016 - University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

  • Alison Assiter, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK (2011)
  • David Christian, San Diego State University, California, USA (2004)
  • Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (2010)
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University, New York, USA (2003, 2007)
  • Gustavo Sánchez Canales, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain (2014)
  • Jack Goody, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (2004, 2005)
  • Joan Copjec, The State University of New York, Buffalo, USA (2006)
  • Juliet Mitchell, Jesus College, Cambridge, UK (2003, 2005)
  • Kate Soper, London Metropolitan University, London, UK (2006)
  • Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA (2004, 2007)
  • Patrick Baert, Selwyn College, Cambridge, UK (2005)
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan, New York University, New York, USA (2005)
  • Souad Halila, University of Tunis and Sousse, Tunisia (2007)
  • Tariq Ali, Novelist, Historian and Political Campaigner, London, UK (2003, 2006)
  • Ted Honderich, University College London, London, UK (2005, 2007)
  • Tom Nairn, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2003)

Past Partners

The New Directions in the Humanities Knowledge Community has had the pleasure of working with the following organizations: