Rethinking Humanism

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in or organising a conference


The aim of this international, interdisciplinary conference is to problematize the representation of human values, identities and behaviours in literature, film and other cultural products, from Antiquity to the present day. We call for theoretical accounts of the origins and vicissitudes of an aspiration for a universal discourse as well as critical readings of its variegated realisations in texts across European languages and periods. We also seek textual and theoretical investigations into current ideas about being human, so we summon specialists in eco-criticism, post-human aesthetics and cyborg literature as well as anthropologists, philosophers, theologians and psychologists, on problems such as self-knowledge, cultural and national identity, human nature, moral universalism and relativism, and the longevity or precarious status of values such as community, hospitality, dignity, modesty and conversation. An ultimate achievement of this interdisciplinary gathering may well turn out to be catching a glimpse of a revived, more self-conscious, more sensitive and more durable New Humanism.
Period28 Jun 201229 Jun 2012
Event typeOther