CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

The Humanities Towards a New Agenda

Conference 1:
MAPPING THE HUMANITIES

November 21-22, 2012 | Copenhagen Business School

What characterises the humanities today? Which methods and questions are at stake and developing? How do the humanities contribute to and negotiate today’s societal challenges, and how do they interact with and influence other scientific traditions and research fields? What is the outline of the new human sciences that are developing at the borders between the humanities and other scientific fields?

Two newly established research programmes in Denmark, The Human Turn and Humanomics, are pleased to invite scholars, researchers and stakeholders to participate in this three-year international conference series, beginning with the inaugural conference Mapping the Humanities at Copenhagen Business School, 21-22 November 2012.

Goal of the conference

The aim of this conference is to present the latest scholarly debates about contemporary knowledge production in the humanities and map the societal fields that call upon research in the humanities. A particular aim of the conference is to understand the humanities as situated between disciplinary science and other modes of research.

Keynote speakers include Nico Stehr, Karl Mannheim Professor for Cultural Studies at Zeppelin University, and Nikolas Rose, Head of Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King's College, London.

Registration

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required at www.conferencemanager.dk/humanities.

Deadline for registration is November 7, 2012.


The Humanities towards a New Agenda continues in 2013 and 2014

The 2012 conference Mapping the Humanities constitutes an opening for all interested parties to contribute to the discussion of the quality and potentials of the humanities in contemporary society. The conference series continues in 2013 with Part 2: Negotiating the Humanities, and in 2014 with Part 3: The Future of the Humanities. Further information about part 2 and 3 of the conference series will be available following the first conference.

About the Organisers

The conference series is organized in collaboration between the two research programmes The Human Turn and Humanomics: mapping the dynamics of the humanities.

For more information

Please contact David Budtz Pedersen, Co-Director, Humanomics, Aarhus University (davidp@hum.ku.dk)

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 | CBS, Porcelænshaven 20, Ovnhallen

9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00-10.15 Welcome
David Budtz Pedersen, Research Fellow, Aarhus University and Co-Director of Humanomics.
Morten Raffnsøe-Møller, Associate Professor, Aarhus University and Co-Director of The Human Turn.
10.15-11.15 Keynote: The Power of the Humanities and the Social Sciences: The Humanities and the Social Sciences as Meaning Producers
Nico Stehr, Karl Mannheim Professor for Cultural Studies, Zeppelin University
11.15-12.30 Introduction to ‘The Human Turn’ and ‘Humanomics’
Sverre Raffnsøe, Professor of Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School and Director of The Human Turn Frederik Stjernfelt, Professor of Semiotics, Aarhus University and Director of Humanomics.
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Cognitive Approaches to the Study of Religion
Armin W. Geertz, Professor of History of Religion, Aarhus University Discussant: Frederik Stjernfelt, Professor of Semiotics, Aarhus University.
14.30-15.00 Refreshments
15.00-16.00 Welfare State Research: An Interdisciplinary Field
Jørn Henrik Petersen, Professor of Economics and History, University of Southern Denmark Discussant: Anne-Marie Mai, Professor of Literature, University of Southern Denmark.
16.00-17.00 Mapping Interdisciplinarity in the Humanities
David Budtz Pedersen, Research Fellow, Aarhus University and Co-Director of Humanomics.
Starting at 18.30 Conference Dinner at CBS, Porcelænshaven 20, Gallery

Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 | CBS, Porcelænshaven 20, Ovnhallen

8.30-9.00 Coffee
9.00-10.00 Keynote: The Human Sciences in a Biological Age
Nikolas Rose, Head of Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King's College London
10.00-11.00 Digitial Humanities: Issues of Intellectual Property Right
Helle Porsdam, Professor of American Studies, University of Copenhagen
Discussant: Vincent F. Hendricks, Professor of Formal Philosophy, University of Copenhagen
11.00-11.30 Refreshments
11.30-12.30 ‘For God and Profit' - Studying Money, Virtue and Nature as Knowledge and Practice Authorities
Mikkel Thorup, Associate Professor of History of Ideas, Aarhus University Discussant: Morten Raffnsøe-Møller, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Aarhus University
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 Panel Discussion: Reflections and Preliminary Conclusions: The Future of Borderology in the Humanities
Moderator: Vincent F. Hendricks, Professor of Formal Philosophy, University of Copenhagen