Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.
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?
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.
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.
Virtual Posters present preliminary results of work or projects that lend themselves to visual representations. Download the posters below.
Lightning Talks are 5-minute "flash" video presentations. Click the button below to view the videos on our YouTube channel.