Themes

Theme 1: Meaning and Communication

  • Language and human meaning.
  • Cultural dialogue as a local and global imperative.
  • Linguistic diversity: its nature and meanings.
  • Communications outside of the humanities: making the connections.
  • Humanities and technologies: bridging the gap.
  • Education for a new humanity.
  • Values, attitudes, sensibilities: what role the humanities?
  • Freedom and tolerance: within what latitudes?
  • The dynamics of culture and identity.
  • Language and linguistics in the humanities.
  • Languages: global English, multilingualism, language death, language revival.
  • Communicating: media, film, theatre.
  • The nature of the literary.
  • The social mind: linguistics in theory and application.
  • Old forms and new insights: the novel, poetry and other literatures.
  • New media, new messages, new meanings.
  • The art of engagement: music, visual arts, theatre.

Theme 2: Frames of Reference for the Humanities

  • The stuff of knowledge in a 'knowledge society' or 'knowledge economy'.
  • Modern, postmodern and other ways of knowing.
  • Subjectivity and objectivity, truth and relativity.
  • Consciousness revisited.
  • Ethics and knowledge.
  • Semiotics: the modalities of meaning.
  • Philosophy in the humanities.
  • Making knowledge: research in the humanities.
  • Intellectual property: private property or creative commons?
  • Interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinary.

Theme 3: Agendas for the Humanities

  • Globalism and localism; cosmopolitanism and backlash.
  • History and its futures.
  • Immigration, minorities, refugees, diaspora.
  • Citizenship: national and global.
  • Cities and regions: the dynamics of proximity and distance.
  • Violence and peace.
  • A third way? And the first or second futures of our recent past.
  • Colonialism and neo-colonialism.
  • Terror and anti-terror.
  • Differences: gender, sexuality, families, race, ethnicity, class, (dis)ability.
  • Family and community.
  • Aesthetics and design.
  • Place making in the humanities: geography and its sites.
  • Land and place: framing indigenous identities.
  • Nationalism and racism.
  • Religious meanings and their human significance.

Theme 4: The Humanities in Practice

  • Teaching and learning in the humanities.
  • Humanities in cyberspace.
  • Meaning in the 'information society'.
  • Politics in the humanities.
  • Science and humanity.
  • Biotechnology, bioethics and aspects of body and environment.
  • Sustaining the human, ecologically and culturally.
  • Archaeologies of the material and the ephemeral.
  • Museums and cultural heritage.
  • Technology, between humans and nature.
  • The 'ism's of the humanities: feminism, multiculturalism …
  • The 'new economy' and the 'knowledge economy' - where do the humanities fit?