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Programme conference 2014

We are very pleased to announce the Annual ECHIC Conference 2014 that will take place on 3-5 March in Oporto, Portugal, organized and hosted by CEPESE Research Centre for the Study of Population, Economy and Society of the University of Oporto.

This year's conference is centred around the Grand Challenges for the Humanities, especially in relation to Grand Challenges in Horizon 2020 EU research funding framework. The programme will include keynotes, panel discussions and workshops that will explore both the challenges and concrete strategies to tackle them.

Conference registration:

Conference fee: 200 EUR p.p.

Registration deadline: 1 February 2014

Accommodation and travel details can be found here: Practical details: ECHIC Conference 2014.


MONDAY, March 3

Day 1: Grand Challenges for the Humanities

During the first day of the conference the focus will be placed on exploring the position of the Humanities in general in relation to Grand Challenges in Horizon 2020, as well as the position of Humanities Centres and Institutes in particular. Special attention will be given to the Environmental Humanities. The first day will aim at mapping the position of Humanities and formulating the first draft of an ECHIC statement in response to the raised issues.

13.00   Welcome and registration

14.00   Welcome by Prof. Luis Adão da Fonseca (University of Porto)

14.10   Keynote I: Susan Manning Memorial Lecture by Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University, ECHIC Board)The Academic and the Civic: Susan Manning's vision of the socially responsible university

14.40   Discussion

14.55   Early findings of the Humanities World Report

Prof. Poul Holm (Trinity College Dublin, ECHIC Chair)

15.10   Discussion

15.25   Keynote II: Prof. Rafael Alvira (University of Navarra), title TBC

15.55   Discussion

16.15   Tea break

16.45   Grand Challenges I: Environmental Humanities. Lecture by Prof. Steven Hartman (Mid Sweden University, Uppsala), The Future of the Environmental Humanities: new models of integrated research for an emerging field in Europe

17.25   Q&A session

17.55   Environmental Humanities in Europe, ECHIC perspective

Debate and conclusions

18.30   Back to hotels

20.00   Dinner (optional)


Day 2&3: Annual meeting ECHIC, Grand challenge II and workshops

The second part of the conference will start with ECHIC Annual Meeting and will focus on the Grand Challenges from the European Humanities perspective. The goal of the second and third day of the conference is to exchange experiences and best practices, as well as to identify strategies that can be employed by Humanities Centres and Institutes in response to these challenges. The conference will conclude with formulating an ECHIC statement on the Humanities and the Grand Challenges.

TUESDAY, March 4

9.30     Welcome with coffee and tea

10.00   ECHIC Annual Meeting

11.00   Grand Challenges II: European Humanities in a Globalizing World - Panel

Introduction, followed by short statements

-           Prof. Luis Adão da Fonseca (University of Porto)

-           Prof. Eduardo Manzano (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid)

-           Prof. Kirill Ole Thompson (Institute for Advanced Study, National University of Taiwan)

-           Prof. Svetlana Slapšak (ISH, Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana)

Chair: Dr. Cristina Pimenta (CEPESE)

12.00   Discussion

12.30   Lunch

13.15   Panel Best Practices

Members present their best practice

-           Prof. Helena Buescu (Centro de Estudos Comparatistas. University of Lisbon)

-           Dr. Cristina Pimenta (CEPESE, University of Porto)

-           Dr. Francesca Spigarelli (University of Macerata)Barbara Chiucconi (University of Macerata)

14.00   Discussion

14.30   Workshops part I

-           exchange best practices and experiences

-           identify (common) obstacles and challenges

-           brainstorm on possible strategies

15.45   Tea break

16.15   Workshops part II

18.00   Back to hotels

20.00   Conference Dinner



9.30     Welcome with coffee and tea

10.00   Report of workshop sessions

10.45   Discussion

11.30   Conclusions: identification of strategies that work; actions points for ECHIC network

12.15   ECHIC statement on the Humanities and the Grand Challenges

12.30   LUNCH buffet