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Interdisziplinäres Kolloquium (alle Fellows!)

The role of the Humanities in the 2020s and beyond
Wann 28.10.2019
von 11:15 bis 12:30
Wo FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminar room
Teilnehmer Universitätsoffen / Open to university members
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The role of the Humanities in the 2020s and beyond


The topic of this colloquium will be "The role of the Humanities in the 2020s and beyond." Our discussion should focus on

- humanities proper, not: arts and humanities, humanities and social sciences;
- their role in research and public discourse, but you may also discuss their role in university education.

Here are some questions to kick off the discussions; feel free to add more (via mail to Verena and myself by Friday, 12:00):

1. Do you see the need for a changing role of the humanities, at all, or will the role of the humanities in the 2020s and beyond ultimately be the same they have had for the last 150 years?

2. Where do you currently see deficits that the humanities need to work on?

3. Which opportunities do you see for the humanities?

4. Which topics and issues need the humanities to engage with more strongly in the 2020s and beyond?

5. In many countries and academic cultures the humanities are under considerable pressure: discuss the topic of this IC especially from this perspective.

6. The next generation of humanities scholars: do they already have a different take on which topics to address, and how (and with whom) to do this?

7. How should humanities research be organized in the future? Is there a need for changing institutional environments or funding formats? Should Institutes for Advanced Studies play a special role in this?

8. Classical humanities (Geisteswissenschaften) were arranged around the triangle Philosophy-Philology-History. Then came along the “Kulturwissenschaften” (a much broader concept than Cultural Studies). Did this bring the order of knowledge up-to-date or was it a cul-de-sac? Where are the fuzzy boundaries of the humanities now?

9. The applied side of things: Does the concept of “applied sciences” make sense in the humanities? The most sought-after master courses these days seem to be “Angewandte Kulturwissenschaften”, “museology”, “public history”, etc.

10. Do the humanities – after decades of “deconstruction” – have an emphatic duty to defend and, more importantly, keep alive and renew traditions (including the European one) – ultimately in an attempt to fight pervasive cultural amnesia.