Humanities for Change is a network through which we propose to build and share an alternative ideal for the future of the humanities
Where do we come from?
The project starts from the assumption that public and digital humanities are the most effective channels for the release of the liberal arts from the limitations of a purely academic debate. For this reason, the collaborators intend to critically evaluate the possible actions and contributions that the study of the humanities can offer to the understanding of contemporary reality. The founders and collaborators believe these disciplines – even in their multiplicity and diversity – can provide a greater awareness of the complexity of the political, social and economic problems of our time. In particular, it is the opinion of the authors that the major and more radical transformations affecting the professional world in the digital age and the advent of artificial intelligence could make even more progress and be enhanced through the incorporation of the interpretative categories which derive from the study of humanities.
What are we?
The project stems from an idea of three students of the humanities faculties of the Ca’Foscari University of Venice, to whom the future of their disciplines is at heart, and aspires to involve students and scholars both in Italy and the world at large. The authors believe that this is possible only through a profound redefinition of the roles that the humanities and their teachings play in the present time. Precisely for this purpose, the contents that Humanities for Change deals with are not exclusively addressed to an audience of experts in the field, but aim to reach a much wider and heterogeneous audience, in the awareness that only in this way is it possible to transform a culture considered to be an end to itself as an instrument of practical action and an essential prerequisite for a democratic society.
Where are we going?
Among the various topics, the network also intends to focus on the educational field, in the belief that the development of new teaching practices and methodologies for scholastic and university teaching in the humanities represents a fundamental first step for its renewal. Faced with an increasingly globalized world dominated by the sectorialisation of studies and professions, Humanities for Change adopts a deliberately contaminatory approach, in order to identify the potentials deriving from the dialogue between the humanities and exact sciences, two fields that today appear to be poorly communicating.
It is evident that overall this is a very ambitious project, due also to the scarcity of professional figures involved in the development of a critical reflection on these issues. However, it is a strong conviction of the founders and the collaborators that it is of fundamental importance to promote a debate on these topics, seeking above all the involvement of students and young people. The materials of Humanities for Change, after all, are mainly addressed to them, since it is are a network with prevalent student leadership. In this field of study, the effective development of such a study represents – much more than the incentive of specialized studies – the real stakes for the future of humanities.
A young and constantly growing team
Our network collects profiles from heterogeneous backgrounds who want to get involved and enhance the study of humanities in the 21st century
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