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Videos from Humanities in the World 2018

See videos from keynotes and speakers from the seminar Humanities in the World hosted by the Carlsberg Foundation on 10 January 2018. The seminar aimed to celebrate and discuss different concepts of the humanities.

Keynote speech by Professor Rens Bod: How the humanities have changed the world 

From the notion of grammer, recursion in language and computer science to philology, genetics, Grimm’s sound change law and the birth of the digital humanities.

Keynote speech by Professor Onora O'Neill: Are the humanities different?

About the humanities being contrasted with the natural sciences, the humanities' methods and its familiar terrain. 


Keynote speech by Professor Stefan Collini: On not "justifying" the humanities

About the discourse of the humanities that has become a locus and in some respects a placeholder for wider anxieties about the chancing relations between culture and democracy, between society and economy.

In the series of lectures below, scholars discuss in a more popular format a key concept that the humanities have invented or shed new light on. The first lectures examines

Two concepts:

1. Associate Professor Peter Dalsgaard: Socio-technical systems: Do we shape technology, or does technology shape us?

As technology spreads into and affect ever more spheres of human activity and experience, it becomes important to integrate understandings of humans and society into the development of technology if it is to be meaningful and relevant.


2. Professor Johanna Seibt: Authenticity, the cultural imaginary and posthumanism

Posthumanism is a call for an investigation of what it can mean to be human in our times of globalisation, technoscience and climate change when the assumptions of classifical humanism no longer hold. 

Four concepts:

1. Professor Rubina Raja: The ground beneath our feet: Archaeology, objects and new nationalisms 

Professor Rubina Raja outlines the importance of the historiographical persepctives on the humanities from an archaeological point of view.


2. Professor Mette Birkedal Bruun: Memory revisited 

About the humanities being vital for sustaining societal memory, because who wants a society with amnesia? The Humanities  preserve, unearth, deconstruct and analyse communal memories with technical skills fit to grasp past and present for the sake of present and future.


3. Associate Professor Tine Roesen: Nostalgia as a cultural phenomenon: Contemporary trends in Russia and beyond

Can the concept of nostalgia help os reflect on what we do in the humanities to reflect on humanities as such? When we criticise a development with humanities, are we actually nurturing a nostalgia?


4. Professor Vincent Hendricks: Bubbles – financial and otherwise

The very nature of transparency, security, empowerment, digital literacy, democracy, citizenship, knowledge, information, misinformation and power is changing more rapidly than ever. Professor Vincent Hendricks emphasises that the humanities should be leading this debate instead if just contributing to it.


Two concepts:

1. Associate Professor Kasper Boye: Construal - from half full glasses to cognitive linguistics

Cognitive linguistics allow us to test how conventions arise, change, are maintained, and disappear. Construal here plays an important role: Is the glass of beer half full or half empty? One piece of reality can be construed or conceptualised in different ways.


2. Associate Professor Søren Riis: Deconstruction as academic and everyday praxis

We do iterations, loops of whatever we are doing, many, many times, thus we come out with a very processed result. Deconstruction, however, gives new meaning - or orignal meaning - to known concepts.