A Blended Conference

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.
We now propose another kind of intervention -- to build a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.
Our blended model seeks to transcend physical boundaries by offering a platform to extend in-person conference content online, while ensuring online-only delegates are afforded equal participatory and experiential spaces within the platform. At the same time, the model offers participants a legacy resource to which they can return in the Event application, with access to a social space in our Community application where fellow participants can keep connected long after the conference ends.

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

  • 2022 Special Focus—Data, Media, Knowledge: Re-Considering Interdisciplinarity and the Digital Humanities
  • 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

Research Network Chair

Dr. Asun López-Varela

Dr. Asun López-Varela

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Local Co-Chairs

Dr. Katerina T. Frantzi

Dr. Katerina T. Frantzi

Head of Department of Mediterranean Studies, Director of Laboratory of Informatics, School of Humanities, University of the Aegean

Dr. Eleni Karantzola

Dr. Eleni Karantzola

Director of Laboratory of Linguistics of the Southeastern Mediterranean, Department of Mediterranean Studies, School of Humanities, University of the Aegean

Dr. Emmanouil Stefanakis

Dr. Emmanouil Stefanakis

Director of Laboratory Environmental Archaeology & Preventive Conservation, Director of Laboratory of Archaeometry, Department of Mediterranean Studies, School of Humanities, University of the Aegean

President of Local Organizing Committee

Dr. Giorgos Markopoulos

Dr. Giorgos Markopoulos

Assistant Professor of Department of Mediterranean Studies, School of Humanities, University of the Aegean

Local Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Nektarios Zarras (Specialized Research & Teaching Staff, Department of Mediterranean Studies, School of Humanities, University of the Aegean)
  • Dr. Maria Melissourgou (Specialized Research & Teaching Staff, Department of Mediterranean Studies, School of Humanities, University of the Aegean)
  • Dr. Asimina Vafiadou (Specialized Research & Teaching Staff, Department of Mediterranean Studies, School of Humanities, University of the Aegean)
  • Dr. Chrysanthi Tiliakou (Specialized Research & Teaching Staff, Department of Mediterranean Studies, School of Humanities, University of the Aegean)

Plenary Speakers

The Twentieth 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.

Bill Cope

Bill Cope

Professor, Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

George Mikros

George Mikros

Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Alexandra Bounia

Alexandra Bounia

Professor of Museology, University of the Aegean, Greece, and Secretary of the Board of the International Committee of ICOM on Contemporary Collecting (ICOM-COMCOL), the Netherlands

Evangelos Kyriakidis

Evangelos Kyriakidis

Founding Director of the Heritage Management Organization, Greece

Dr. Asun López-Varela

Dr. Asun López-Varela

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Maria Gavriilidou

Maria Gavriilidou

Linguist and Researcher at the Institute for Language and Speech Processing of ATHENA Research Center, Marousi, Greece

Katerina Tiktopoulou

Katerina Tiktopoulou

Associate Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Conference Partner

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