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"Grand Challenges for the Humanities?"

2012 Annual ECHIC Conference to be hosted by the CfH at Utrecht University from Feb 28- Mar 1, 2012. The purpose of ECHIC is to provide a forum to discuss important issues in the field of arts and humanities.

More specifically, the Consortium aims to speak up on behalf of members in dialogues with ESF, EU and others on matters concerning humanities research and to establish a network for mutual benefit and possible identification of partners for European research collaboration ECHIC is committed to organize an annual Humanities Conference at one member institution which would involve all partners and interested stakeholders.

Conference convener: Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht)

Organizing Committee: Prof. Poul Holm (Dublin); prof. Marxiano Melotti (Florence)

 

PROGRAMME

Tuesday February 28, 2012
15.30-16.00 Arrival & registration of participants

 16.00-16.15: Welcome by Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Chair, Director Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University)

 16.15-17.00: Keynote lecture by Prof. Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam)

17.00-18.30: The Digital Humanities

  • 17.00 – 17.45 Dr. Almila Akdag (E-Humanities platform, KNAW): “Pitfalls of Digital Humanities”
  • 17.45 – 18.30 Dr. René Glas (New Media, Utrecht University) and Ronald Lenz (CEO 7Scenes): “Citizin Science for Smartphones”

 

18.30-21.00: Welcoming drinks & conference dinner

 

 

Wednesday February 29, 2012

08.45-09.15: Welcome & registration of participants

 

09.15-09.30: Official Opening Conference by Research Dean Prof. Keimpe Algra

 

09.30-11.00: Panel 1 Global Humanities

Chair: Prof. Siep Stuurman (CfH, Utrecht University)

 

  • 09.30 – 09.50: Prof. Ed Jonker (Utrecht University): “Memory and the Humanities: Uni-directional, multi-directional, omni-directional?”
  • 09.50 – 10.10 Prof. Teresa Vallès María Zambrano’s version of Antigone and how the humanities awakens civic awareness” (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona)
  • 10.10 – 10.30: Prof. Svetlana Slapsak “Global Homer: from the cornerstone of humanities to the pitfalls of localization” (Ljubljana University)
  • 10.30 – 11.00: responses and discussion

 

11.15-12.45: Panel 2 Civic Responsibility of the Humanities

Chair: Prof. Susan Manning (IASH, University of Edinburgh)

 

  • 11.15 – 11.35: Prof. Wijnand Mijnhardt (Director Descartes Centre, Utrecht University) “Digital Humanities and the Classroom: Catching up for Lost Time”
  • 11.35 – 11.55: Prof. Luis Adão da Fonseca (Oporto University & CEPESE) “The Ethical and Civic Responsibility of the Historical Science as a Humanistic Discipline”
  • 11.55 – 12.15: Prof. Sami Pihlstrom (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): “Holistic Pragmatism as a Philosophical Framework for Humanistic Inquiry”
  • 12.15 – 12.45: responses and discussion


12.45-14.00: Lunch Break

14.00-15.30: Panel 3 Environmental Humanities

Chair: Prof. Rosi Braidotti (CfH, Utrecht University)

  • 14:00 – 14:20: Dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University): “New Materialism: Ecology, Tecnology and Subjectivity beyond Antropocentrism”
  • 14:20 – 14:40: Sara Spanu (University of Sassari): “Sustainable Development as a Challenge for Cities in the 21st Century: the case of Freiburg”
  • 14:40 – 15:00: : Dr. Heide Hackmann (ISSC): “Transformative cornerstones of social science research for global change: Towards a new international funding programme.”
  • 15:00 – 15:30: responses & discussion

 

15.45-17.15: Panel 4 Cognitive Humanities

Chair: Prof. Frank Kessler

  • 15.45 – 16.05: Prof. Harry Kunneman “Hermeneutic naturalism: connecting the life sciences and the humanities “(Director University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht)
  • 16.05 – 16.25: Prof. Rens Bod (University of Amsterdam): “Patterns in the Humanities”
  • 16.25 – 16.45: Prof. Patricia Pisters (University of Amsterdam): “The Neuro-Image: Methodological Challenges of Exploring the Neuroturn in the Humanities”
  • 16.45 – 17.15: responses and discussion

17.15 – 18.00: Round-up discussions

18.00 – 22.00: Official Conference Dinner

 

 

Thursday March 1, 2012

09.50 -11.30: Bringing out the Best: Humanities Towards 2020

Chair: Prof. Poul Holm (Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin)

  • 09.50 – 10.10: Rüdiger Klein (ALLEA)
  • 10.10 – 10.30: Maarten Prak (Dutch Research Council, NWO)
  • 10.30 – 10.50: Angela Schindler-Daniels (net4society)
  • 10.50 – 11.10: Wim van den Doel and Wiljan van den Akker (LERU)
  • 11.10 – 11.45 responses and discussion

 

11.45 – 12.00: Prof. Wiljan van den Akker (Dean Humanities faculty, Utrecht)

Closing Remarks

12.00 – 12.30: Short Break

12.30 – 14.00: Business meeting ECHIC members

Chairs: Rosi Braidotti, Poul Holm

14.30 Closing and departure conference delegates.


 


 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2012 ECHIC conference is  financially supported by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)