At a Glance...

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Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

2018 Special Focus: "Reconsidering Freedom"

Defined methodologically, the humanities consist of a range of disciplinary practices designed to interrogate the nature of the human. More than this, the humanities have also historically built normative agendas for the human—hence notions of the humane, the humanistic, human rights, global humanity, and the locally humanized. “Freedom” is a key concept in many of these agendas—freedom of cultural action, freedom of speech and opinion, and rights to unfettered, autonomous creative expression. However, in what ways must we reconsider freedom in an age that seems increasingly to be characterized by dissociation, division, and social contestation? What is the role of the humanities in our current epoch? Are the fundamental principles of the humanities in jeopardy? What are the humanities’ ongoing obligations to freedom?

Plenary Speakers

The Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities featured 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

"Humanities Futures: Doctoral Education, Scholarly Communication, and Professional Capacities"

Stewart Varner

Stewart Varner

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

"What Does Digital Humanities Mean?"

Paul M. Farber

Paul M. Farber

Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Monument Lab; Lecturer, Fine Arts and Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

"Prototyping Monuments: On Public Art, Histoy, and Space in an Age of Reckoning end Remediation"

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2018 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Selina March

Selina March

Washington, D.C., USA

Shuo Zhao

Shuo Zhao

Northwestern Polytechnic University, China

Diana Sánchez Barrios

Diana Sánchez Barrios

Bogotá, Colombia

​Folasayo Enoch Olalere

​Folasayo Enoch Olalere

Vaal University of Technology, South Africa

​Colleen Kenney

​Colleen Kenney

University of Arizona, USA

​Oluwaseun Olaitan Olagbaju

​Oluwaseun Olaitan Olagbaju

University of Fort Hare, South Africa

​Marwan Abdi

​Marwan Abdi

Duhok University, Iraq

Merzamie Clark

Merzamie Clark

University of Washington, USA

Nuño Aguirre de Cárcer

Nuño Aguirre de Cárcer

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

​Mostafa Younesie

​Mostafa Younesie

Independent Scholar, USA

Network Partners

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Posters

Virtual Posters present preliminary results of work or projects that lend themselves to visual representations. Download the posters below.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are 5-minute "flash" video presentations. Click the button below to view the videos on our YouTube channel.