International Symposium on New Directions in the Humanities (Humanities Symposium)

Venue: Columbia University, New York City

Location: New York, New York, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 24, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 24, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Jan 24, 2007
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Sponsored by the Center for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, this symposium will ask the timely question, 'Is there a crisis in the Humanities?. To be held at the mid-point between the annual Humanities Conferences, it discuss the ways in which the Humanities might find a place in changing times. Main speakers will include leading thinkers in the humanities, as well as numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by researchers and teachers. This is a conference for any person with an interest in, and concern for, the humanities.

Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30 minute paper, 60 minute workshop, a jointly presented 90 minute colloquium session. or a virtual session. Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers to the International Journal of the Humanities, a fully refereed academic journal. Virtual participants also have the option to submit papers for consideration by the journal. All registered symposium participants receive a complimentary online subscription to the journal when registration is finalised. This subscription is valid until one year after the symposium end date.


The Humanities Conference has established a reputation as a focal point for new ideas and new practices in humanities research and teaching. The conference was held at Cambridge University in the UK in 2005, at the Monash University Centre in Prato, Italy in 2004, and the University of the Aegean in Rhodes in 2003. The 2007 conference is to be held at the American University of Paris.

Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Communication, English, Fine Arts, Geography, Government, History, Journalism, Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology or Religion-these are just some of the many disciplines represented at the Humanities Conference. The focus of papers ranges from the finely grained and empirical to the expansive and theoretical.

The Humanities Symposium is a participants' conference, including numerous parallel sessions. The conference organising committee is inviting proposals to present 30 minute papers, or 60 minute workshops or 90 minute colloquium sessions. These can be:

* Academic or research papers, or
* Presentations describing educational initiatives.

The International Journal of Humanities

Presenters have the option to submit papers to the Humanities Journal, before the symposium and up until one month after the symposium. Papers submitted for publication will be fully refereed. The publication decision is based on the referees' reports.

For those unable to attend the symposium in person, virtual registrations are available. This provides participants access to the electronic version of the journal, and also the option to submit papers to the Humanities Journal.


Additional Information

REGISTRATION OPTIONS Early Registration Discount $AU500.00 (approx: $US378.65 or €302.00) Full Conference Registration $AU600.00 (approx: $US454.38 or €362.40) One-Day Registration $AU450.00 (approx: $US340.78 or €271.80) Student Registration $AU300.00 (approx: $US227.19 or €181.20) Joint Arts and Humanities Symposium Registration $AU425.00 (approx: $US321.85 or €256.70) Virtual Registration $AU300.00 (approx: $US227.19 or €181.20) PRESENTATION OPTIONS IN-PERSON 30 minute Presentation: A conference session involving a 15 minute speaker presentation, followed by questions and answers. Allow 5 minutes within the 30 minute timeslot for people to move between rooms. If you would like a chair or facilitator for your session, the conference organisers suggest that you find a person to fulfil this role from amongst other conference participants. The chair’s role is to introduce the presenter/performer, keep the presentation within the 15 minute time limit and manage the question and answer session. Presenters may also chair their own sessions, but are requested to keep to this format. We recommend against reading whole papers, and suggest that handouts (20 or 30 copies - please bring these with you, as there are no photocopying facilities at the conference) and visual supports (data slides or overhead transparencies) to assist delivery. Multiple-authored presentations are welcome, though only one article can be submitted to the journal based on each presentation. 60 minute Presentation: A workshop, crafted panel, staged conversation, dialogue or debate. This is a conference session involving substantial interaction with the audience. It must not simply be a long paper - papers are for 30 minute sessions only. If you wish to submit an article to the journal based on a workshop session, it should be a single, jointly authored piece. 90 minute Colloquium: A conference session involving at least five registered participants (for instance, a chair or facilitator plus four or more presenters who present for no more than 15-minutes each). At least 15 minutes must be left for audience interaction. The conference committee does not organise these sessions. Presenters need to conceive and design the session and submit a proposal through the call for papers area on the conference website. Either a single article or multiple articles can be submitted to the journal based on the content of a colloquium session. NON-ATTENDING Virtual Presentation: A paper submitted without the presenter attending the conference in person, but eligible to be refereed and published (if accepted) in the journal. This does not involve a presentation in the conventional sense (e.g. via audio or video link), only a paper submission the International Journal of the Arts in Society. The virtual presenter also joins the conference community as a referee, receives a complimentary online subscription to the journal and the conference and journal newsletter.