Special Issue "The Relevance of The Humanities in the Twenty-First Century: Past and Present"
A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2020.
Interests: medieval and early modern cultural history and humanities; premodern gender studies; history of mentality; comparative literature
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We all face the same challenges, with the Humanities being under attack because the STEM fields gain increasingly all the attention and resources, especially in the academy. Curiously, this is not necessarily driven by our colleagues in the sciences, but by administrators who are fixated on grants, patents, technological discoveries, and public reputation. But STEM and STEAM, to formulate it in a conciliatory fashion, are not binary oppositions; instead, as our journal Humanities has already proven countless times, they are simply two sides of the same coin. Nevertheless, we have not paid enough attention to the critical approaches defining and defending the Humanities and the Arts. We need to do more to illuminate why the study of culture, history, and the arts is of central importance without which STEM also become meaningless and irrelevant. Our existence here on earth is defined by our past and present; and we cannot form a constructive society without ethics and morality, without ideals and values. Those aspects are deeply grounded in our history, which extends directly into our modern lives. This volume intends to compile strategically oriented papers addressing, once again, and also in a refreshing and convincing manner, the central importance of the Humanities.
We live in a world today where digitization and robotization are making huge strides, probably helping us to improve all of our lives. But we are not simply algorithmic functions of super-computers, we are human beings with all our shortcomings and failures, and with all our ideals, endurance, principles, and social norms. Those have been developed throughout time under an infinite number of cultural circumstances. Consequently, we need to understand and explain in strong terms why the Humanities matter in Afghanistan, in South Africa, in Argentina or in Germany today How do we draw from literary texts, cinematic art works, visual objects, and philosophical and religious treatises in order to come to terms with the fundamental issues concerning us all as human beings? How do we address the public to convince them about the centrality of ethics, morality, idealism, communication, aesthetics, and related aspects? In short, this volume intends to bring together arguments of a universal nature that can be utilized in any kind of academic and political setting.
- Focus: Explanation and defense of the humanities from a historical and modern perspective
- Scope: From antiquity to the modern world; addressing the humanities on a global level
- Purpose of the Special Issue: Provide very specific talking points for all scholars in the Humanities when they are engaged with the public, with politicians, and especially with university administrators
Prof. Dr. Albrecht Classen
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Humanities is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
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- Humanities vs. STEM
- visual arts
- justification of the Humanities, past and present