The Humanities in the World 2018


The seminar aims to celebrate and discuss how the humanities, particularly since the mid-20th century, have delivered concepts that help us understand the world around us – not only by way of critique, but also by offering concepts and frameworks to think about challenges and solutions.

The seminar is by invitation only

This impact can be both subtle and pervasive. Often humanistic concepts come to permeate our everyday language, and while their origin in humanities research is forgotten, they continue to structure the way we speak, think, and act. We see this with now common words such as social capital (Bourdieu) or tacit knowledge (Polanyi). At other times, newly minted concepts circulate primarily among university teachers and students, where terms like banal nationalism (Billig), imagined communities (Anderson) and the banality of evil (Arendt) are taken for granted as common reference points. In each case, however, there is a need to recognise the role and value of such discoveries or intellectual work.

The seminar will be held Wednesday 10 January 2018 at Carlsberg Academy, Copenhagen