Sustainable Humanities: the Humanities, the Social Sciences and sustainability. Challenges and perspectives.

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
University of Macerata
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Call for papers

This conference will examine the role AHSS disciplines (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) can play in understanding contemporary society and change (in the fields, among others, of climate, health, economics, digitalization, and technology). While improving interdisciplinary collaboration between the AHSS and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines is an objective shared by both national and supra-national funding agencies, a genuine dialogue can only be fostered through mutual recognition of the important contribution each field can bring to addressing global challenges. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to reaffirm the centrality of the humanities subjects (including classics, ancient and modern languages, philology, literature, philosophy, history, archaeology, anthropology, human geography, law, religion, music and art), as fundamental disciplines in themselves that need to be fostered and promoted and as framing devices through which to read society, past, present and future. The humanities offer vital tools and unique perspectives for addressing crucial issues of civic life. The humanities and the social sciences can play a central role in shaping our local and national conversations about our history, our identities and our increasingly digitalised common future.


Proposals for papers and panels are welcomed on topics that may include:


The humanities and democracy (human and civil rights; peace and war; crises, ruptures and continuities; dynamics of inclusion and exclusion);

The new/hybrid humanities (digital, environmental, energy humanities, global, urban, food, medical, legal, public);

The humanities, sustainability, equity, and climate change (ecocriticism, ethics, aesthetics, cultural studies and social ecology);

Research and teaching in the digital age (post-disciplinary reading, the classics, sustainability and the curriculum, slow teaching, new network structures for the humanities and the social sciences; the resilience of literature/the literature of resilience; artificial intelligence and the humanities);

Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity (challenges and opportunities; theoretical approaches and applied studies; ‘citizen science’ and academic research;best practices).


For paper proposals, send a 200-word abstract and a one-page CV to by 31 May 2022. For panel proposals, please provide a brief overview of the panel in an email message and attach all paper proposals and CVs.

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their proposal by 15 June 2022.

Accepted languages: English, Italian