Nineteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities
Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
30 June - 2 July 2021

Building Resilient Research Communities

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.
We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.
This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2003, the New Directions in the Humanities Research Network is brought together by a common interest in established traditions in the humanities while at the same time developing innovative practices and setting a renewed agenda for their future. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries.

The Nineteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • Theme 1: Critical Cultural Studies
  • Theme 2: Communications and Linguistics Studies
  • Theme 3: Literary Humanities
  • Theme 4: Civic, Political, and Community Studies
  • Theme 5: Past and Present in the Humanistic Education
  • 2021 Special Focus: Critical Thinking, Soft Skills, and Technology

Benefits of Becoming a Presenter

Our mission is to provide a safe, sustainable, and accessible way for us to come together and interact as a Research Network. We are taking on these challenges by offering blended conference experience with session types explicitly designed to make the most of both online and in-person social knowledge processes.

1 Present to a Global Audience

We pride ourselves on the global diversity of our network members. Add your voice, in-person or online, by submitting a proposal today. You will need the following: presentation type, short/long descriptions, keywords, focus, themes, and biographical information.

Also remember, you do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.

View our step-by-step guide to submitting a presentation proposal.

2 Personalized Presentation Pages

The development team at the Common Ground Media Lab has been working tirelessly to create a next-generation web platform to support a robust blended conference experience.

All presenters are given personal Presenter Pages: Linked to profile page on CGScholar, displaying abstract summary, thematic connection to panelists and peers, ability to add digital media: video, sound, other files.

For a full feature list, see our Presenters Page guide.

3 Publishing Opportunities

We are working to change the way in which knowledge is produced, validated, and shared within member-based Research Networks.

The New Directions in the Humanities Journal Collection and Book Imprint offer pathways to transform your presentation into formal research objects. We also support a number of affordable Open Access pathways to allow maximum flexibility to support principles of open research, in a sustainable manner.

Find out more about the New Directions in the Humanities Journal Collection and Book Imprint.

​ Participate with Audience Passes

Audience Passes are for those who want to benefit from the content, connect with presenters, and join the discussion -- in-person and online. You'll gain access to all headline presentations: welcome addresses, plenary addresses, and curated thematic content -- either live or from any place and in your own time. And you'll be able to participate in innovative blended formats -- Talking Circles, Garden Conversations -- using the best of in-person and online capacities, and on a human scale. All audience members will be recognized in the program for their participation.

Important Dates

We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. The dates below serve as a guideline for proposal submission based on our corresponding registration deadlines.

You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.


Proposal & Registration Dates

Proposal Deadlines

Advance Proposal Deadline 30 August 2020
Early Proposal Deadline 30 November 2020
Regular Proposal Deadline 30 March 2021
Late Proposal Deadline 30 May 2021

Registration Deadlines

Advance Registration Deadline 30 September 2020
Early Registration Deadline 30 December 2020
Regular Registration Deadline 30 May 2021
Late Registration Deadline 30 June 2021

Submit Your Proposal

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