Interconnectivity is defined as the state or quality of being connected together: it often involves sets of cause-and-effect interconnections that operate between and within peoples and places. By definition, inter connectivity crosses and challenges physical or abstract boundaries: it emphasises that no object of study can be viewed in isolation as local events can have global outcomes. This holds with any types of research object, including language contact and migration, cultural crossings and flows, historical events, scientific and technological frontiers, and environmental issues.
While interconnectivity has always taken place in human history, we now live in times of unprecedented, fast-paced networks and connections, with complex and unpredictable feedback loops. How does interconnectivity cut across, challenge, and transform the perception of boundaries, be them national borders, language barriers, local policies, environmental laws? The special focus of the 2020 International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities seeks to explore the transcultural dimension of interconnectivity in all aspects of humanities. The conference invites to look at local issues in a global perspective, and how cause-and-effect relationships cross scale from the local to the global and from the global to the local.
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