Humanities Symposium, 2007

Welcome to website of the International Symposium on New Directions in the Humanities.

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 will 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.

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. For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual participation is also available.

We encourage all presenters to submit written papers to The Humanities Collection, a fully refereed academic journal. Virtual participants may also submit papers for consideration by the journal. All conference participants who have finalised their registration will receive a complimentary online subscription to the journal. This subscription is valid until one year after the conference end date.

If you would like to know more about this conference, bookmark the Humanities Symposium site and return for further information-the site is regularly updated. You might also wish to subscribe to the conference and journal newsletter.

For all inquiries, please contact the conference secretariat.



The International Conference on Humanities

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

Conference participants can 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 conference in person, a virtual registration will provide participants access to the electronic version of the journal, as well as the option to submit papers to the Humanities Journal.

For more information about the journal please visit the Publish Your Paper page.

Who Should Attend

  • Academics across the whole range of humanities disciplines.

  • Research students.

  • Educators - school, university and further education.

Conference Organisers

  • Common Ground