Prato Italy


Centre-Mont Royal, Montreal, Canada

14-16 June 2012

We are pleased to announce the Call-for-Papers for the Tenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. The conference and its companion journal provide vibrant, intellectually stimulating spaces for scholars from all geographic and disciplinary areas to learn, converse, and create. The aim is to generate new knowledge about the nature of the humanities, building strongly on the past traditions of the humanities while setting a renewed agenda for the future.

Plenary speakers, who will address our special theme ‘Looking Forward: Humanities for the Future’, include:

  • * Diana Brydon – Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies; Director of the Research Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • * Jean-Claude Guedon, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
  • * Donna Palmateer Pennee – Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Western Ontario (Western University), London, Canada
  • * Stefan Sinclair, Digital Humanities, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

The Humanities Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. Over the past nine years, the Humanities Conference has established a reputation as a focal point for new ideas and new practices in humanities research and teaching. The conference was held at the Universidad de Granada, Spain in 2011; at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA in 2010; in Beijing, China in 2009; at the Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2008; at the American University of Paris in 2007; at the University of Carthage in Tunis in 2006; at Cambridge University in the UK in 2005; at the Monash University Centre in Prato, Italy in 2004; and at the University of the Aegean in Rhodes, Greece in 2003.

In addition to plenary speakers, the conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We invite you to respond to the conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in The International Journal of the Humanities. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available, which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in the journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this conference, we also encourage you to present on the Humanities YouTube playlist. Please select the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details. Additionally, please join our online conversation by subscribing to our monthly email newsletter and subscribing to our Facebook, RSS, or Twitter feeds at .

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 5 April 2012. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found on the conference website at . Submissions are also open for Spanish language proposals and presentations.

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Montreal this June.

Yours Sincerely,

Tom Nairn

Globalism Institute, RMIT University

Melbourne, Australia

For the Advisory Board, International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities and International Journal of the Humanities