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Welcome to The Humanities Conference 2003

Welcome to website of The Humanities Conference 2003. To be held at the University of the Aegean on the Island of Rhodes, Greece from 2-5 July 2003, the conference will address a range of critically important themes in the various fields that make up the humanities today. Main speakers will include some of the world’s leading thinkers and in the humanities, as well as numerous paper and workshop presentations by teachers and researchers.

   This is a conference for any person with an interest in, and concern for, the humanities. All are encouraged to register and attend this significant and timely conference. A range of travel, tour and accommodation options is also available.

Participants are also welcome to submit presentation proposals, either as 30 minute papers or 60 minute workshop sessions. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication before or after the conference in the International Journal of Humanities. Presentations submitted for publication will be fully refereed and published in print and electronic formats. For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are available, which provide access to the online edition of the conference proceedings. Virtual participants can also submit papers for refereeing and publication in the International Journal of Humanities.

If you would like to know more about this conference, bookmark the The Humanities Conference 2003 site and return for further information—this site is regularly updated. You might also wish to subscribe to The Humanities Conference 2003 Newsletter. For any other inquiries, please contact us.

Background: The Humanities Conference

   The Humanities Conference 2003 aims to develop an agenda for the humanities in an era otherwise dominated by scientific, technical and economic rationalisms. What is the role of the humanities in thinking the shape of the future and the human? The conference’s conversations will range from the broad and speculative to the microcosmic and empirical. Its over-riding concern, however, will be to redefine the human and mount a case for the humanities. At a time when the dominant rationalisms are running a course that often seems to be drawing them towards less than satisfactory ends, this conference will reopen the question of the human for highly pragmatic as well as redemptory reasons.

   To the world outside of education and academe, the humanities seems at best ephemeral, and at worst esoteric. They appear to be of less significance and practical ‘value’ than the domains of economics, technology and science. This conference examines, and exemplifies, the inherent worth of the humanities.

Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Communication, English, Fine Arts, Geography, Government, History, Journalism, Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology or Religion–if one of these or any related discipline is your trade, you won’t need to be convinced that the humanities are have an important role to play in addressing our human futures. These are just some of the many disciplines which can will be represented at the Humanities Conference 2003.

Central conference considerations will include: the dynamics of identity and belonging; governance and politics in a time of globalism and multiculturalism; and the purpose of the humanities in an era of contested ends.

Hosted by the University of the Aegean and Rhodes and the Globalism Institute of RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, the conference is to be held in a place where one defining version of what it is to be human began to take shape several thousand years ago.

Conference Advisory Committee

  • Prof. Tom Nairn, The Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Australia.
  • Prof. Mary Kalantzis, Dean, Education, Language and Community Services, RMIT, Australia.
  • Dr Bill Cope, Centre for Workplace Communication and Culture, Australia.
  • Dr Chris Ziguras, The Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Australia.
  • Prof. Ioannis Seimenis, Vice President, Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Greece.
  • Assoc. Prof. Eleni Karantzola, Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Greece.
  • Prof. Giorgos Tsiakalos, President, Nicos Poulantzas Society, Greece.

Who Should Attend

  • Academics across the whole range of humanities disciplines.
  • Research students.
  • Educators.

Supported By

  • Nikos Poulantzas Society
  • The University of the Aegean
  • RMIT University Globalism Institute

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Conference Organisers

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