Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

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: Communication 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

Plenary Speakers

The Nineteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

María Concepción García Gómez

María Concepción García Gómez

Vice-rector for Employability and Entrepreneurship, Complutense University

Paloma Bel Durán

Paloma Bel Durán

Head of Complutense Office for Entrepreneurship, Professor, Department of Financial Administration and Accounting, Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences and PhD in Financial Economics, Complutense University of Madrid

Gonzalo Jover

Gonzalo Jover

Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor, Faculty of Education, Complutense University Madrid

Mónica Cantón de Celis Calvo

Mónica Cantón de Celis Calvo

CEO of Design for Change Global Inc.

Ainara Zubilaga

Ainara Zubilaga

Director of Education and Training, Cotec Foundation for Innovation

Román Arjona

Román Arjona

Chief Economist, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

José Manuel Pingarrón

José Manuel Pingarrón

Former General Secretary of Universities, Government of Spain

Brian Cahill

Brian Cahill

Governing Board of EuroScience

Local Co-Chairs

David Alonso

David Alonso

Coordinador del Máster de Formación de Profesorado, Facultad de Educación-CFP, Universidad Complutense

Asunción López-Varela

Asunción López-Varela

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of English Studies, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain

Conference Partner

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