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ACT 23 Repensar as Humanidades: Rumos e Desafios

Organização: Centro de Estudos Comparatistas
Data: 20 de Maio de 2010
Local: Anfiteatro III, FLUL
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ACT 23 Repensar as Humanidades: Rumos e Desafios
Colóquio Internacional
Organização: Sofia Tavares e Ricardo Gil Soeiro
Centro de Estudos Comparatistas, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
20 de Maio de 2010

Sinopse:

“If the ‘humanities’ are indeed at twilight, they should evidence their claims to remembrance, to heuristic value, by making us alert to the new. They should  continue to instruct us that there can be, even in the unknown, there perhaps above all, a homecoming.”

George Steiner, “Humanities-At Twilight?” (1999)


    

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Sefarim, An oil on canvas by Samuel Bak, Image Courtesy of Pucker Gallery,www.puckergallery.com
Deixando-nos interpelar pelo tom interrogativo de um ensaio de George Steiner, o presente colóquio visa reflectir sobre o futuro das humanidades no início deste novo milénio. No quadro actual da redefinição dos saberes na sociedade contemporânea, será legítimo falar em crise das humanidades? Ao nível universitário, concretiza-se tal crise no declínio da procura destas áreas de estudo e, ao nível social, na falência do poder simbólico e do prestígio social da formação humanística. E como devemos entender a crise das humanidades numa sociedade multicultural, multilinguística e profundamente globalizada? Que horizontes se rasgam para as “novas” humanidades emergentes e que caminhos de afirmação e renovação se abrem perante o que parece ser uma alteração de paradigmas epistemológicos? Estaremos nós, de facto, na aurora do crepúsculo das Humanidades? Haverá um excessivo discurso retórico em torno da noção de ‘crise’ nesta área de estudo? É nosso propósito contribuir para a dilucidação destas questões, procurando examinar os seguintes tópicos: a deslegitimação da palavra face ao domínio da imagem (a passagem de uma cultura logocêntrica para uma cultura imagocêntrica); a diluição do poder simbólico dos saberes humanísticos (legitimação social dos ‘litterae humanitores’); a redefinição da função e dos modelos de formação das humanidades nas universidades; a centralidade dos ‘clássicos’ numa era do vazio (Lipovetsky); qual o lugar epistemológico das humanidades (humanidades entre ciência e arte e humanidades como testemunho, cf. P. Ricoeur); a (im)pertinência civil das humanidades.
     O colóquio incidirá sobre as mais diversas áreas disciplinares (estudos literários, estudos comparatistas, filosofia, história, teoria literária, pedagogia e estudos clássicos) e privilegiará abordagens transdisciplinares.

Convidados:

O colóquio contará com a presença dos seguintes conferencistas (a confirmar):

  • David Damrosch (Harvard University, USA)  
  • Richard Wolin (City University of New York Graduate Center, USA)
  • Peter Levine (Director of CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Education, USA)
  • António Sousa Ribeiro (Universidade de Coimbra)
  • José Pedro Serra (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • J. Cândido Martins (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
  • David G. Santos (Universidade da  Beira Interior)

Inscrição: 10€ (com certificado de presença).

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Comissão organizadora:

  • Sofia Tavares
  • Ricardo Gil Soeiro

Secretariado Executivo:

  • Sofia Tavares
  • Ricardo Gil Soeiro
  • Rita Correia

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Rethinking the Humanities: Paths & Challengens
International Colloquium

Organization: Sofia Tavares e Ricardo Gil Soeiro
Center for Comparative Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon
20th May 2010

Synopsis:

“If the ‘humanities’ are indeed at twilight, they should evidence their claims to remembrance, to heuristic value, by making us alert to the new. They should  continue to instruct us that there can be, even in the unknown, there perhaps above all, a homecoming.”

George Steiner, “Humanities-At Twilight?” (1999)

Drawing upon the interrogative tone of George Steiner’s essay “Humanities-At Twilight?” (1999), the present colloquium aims at reflecting on the future of the humanities at the beginning of this new millenium. Within the contemporary framework of a re-definition of the academic disciplines in the present-day society, is it legitimate to speak of a crisis in the humanities? At the university, for instance, such crisis manifests itself in the decline of the demand for this field of study and, at a social level, this crisis is noticeable when we look at the demise of the symbolic power and the social prestige of the humanistic culture and education. And how should one grapple with the humanities’ crisis within a multicultural, multilinguistic and profoundly globalised society? Which set of horizons will be brought about for the “new” humanities now emerging? What are the paths for  renewal in light of what may very well be a shift in terms of an epistemological paradigm? Are we, in fact, at the twilight of the humanities? Or, on the contrary, is there an excessively rhetorical discourse around the notion of ‘crisis’ in this particular field of study? It is our goal to contribute to the clarification of these questions by examining the following topics: the downfall of the Word’s legitimation vis à vis the dominance of the image (the transition from a logocentric culture to a culture which largely rests on the its visual dimension); the symbolic power of the humanities (the social legitimation of the ‘litterae humanitores’); the re-definition of the function and of the education patterns within the humanities at the universities; the centrality of the ‘classics’ in an 'era of the void’ (Lipovetsky); which is the epistemological place of the humanities (humanities as a middle-ground between science and art, and humanities as testimony; cf. P. Ricoeur); the civic (im)pertinence of the humanities.

Keynote speakers:

  • David Damrosch (Harvard University, USA)
  • Richard Wolin (City University of New York Graduate Center, USA)
  • Peter Levine (Director of CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Education, USA)
  • António Sousa Ribeiro (Universidade de Coimbra)
  • José Pedro Serra (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • J. Cândido Martins (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
  • David G. Santos (Universidade da Beira Interior)

  • Programme (download here) | Biographies-Participants (Download here)
    Abstracts (Download here) | Social Programme (Download here)


    Publication:

    After the conference, the Centre for Comparative Studies will publish a collective volume encompassing the keynote speakers' contributions.

    Practical information:

    Arriving at Lisbon

    Arriving in Lisbon by air
    After arriving at Lisbon airport, go to the main Arrivals Hall. There you find a Lisbon Tourist Office (running from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.) where you can get a map of the city and some basic information.
    Lisbon airport is inside the city, so a regular taxi ride to the City Centre will cost you around € 15. We strongly recommend that you purchase a Taxi Voucher at the Tourism Information Counter in the airport's Arrivals Hall. Make sure you have your hotel address with you. Depending on the time of day, the ride to your hotel will take between 15 minutes (daytime, not too much traffic) and 35 minutes (rush hour).
    If you prefer to take a bus, there are express-buses  at the Arrivals exit (called Aero-Bus and Aero-Shuttle) which run between the airport and the city center. The regular fare will be € 3. Buses  run every 20 minutes, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.  Ask the person at the Airport’s Tourist Office (or the bus driver) to tell you where you should get off, by showing her/him the address of your hotel. You can also check now which of the express buses will stop at your hotel on this website. Besides the express-buses, there are also regular buses that serve Centre City.

    Arriving in Lisbon by train
    If you arrive by train, you will most probably get off at the modern station Gare do Oriente. From there, the best way to get to the city centre is taking the Underground.

    Venue:

    Directions to the Faculdade de Letras

    The Conference will take place at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (FLUL), which is in Cidade Universitária, the UNIVERSITY CAMPUS and also the name of the university´s Underground station (Yellow Line).
    When arriving by Underground, get off at Cidade Universitária and please take the tunnel way out (not the stairs way out). After getting out of that tunnel, do not cross but go straight ahead with the main building of the University – Reitoria - on your left on the other side of the road. When you reach the end of Reitoria, turn left at the zebra crossing. The Faculdade de Letras will be in front of you. (View GOOGLE MAP: University of Lisbon, Faculdade de Letras)

    Some Facts About the University of Lisbon:

    The University of Lisbon, whose origins go back to the second half of the 13th century, is one of the largest and most renowned Portuguese universities. Its statutes declare as main goals the creation, transmission and diffusion of science, culture and knowledge at the highest level.
    The University of Lisbon enrols about 20,000 students and its teaching and non-teaching staff amounts to around 2,800 people.
    Undergraduate and graduate programmes are offered in several branches in eight faculties (Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Fine Arts).
    Research is carried out in laboratories, institutes and research centres in connection with public and private sectors. The University of Lisbon participates in EC programmes, bilateral international programmes and in inter-institutional projects.
    Three new universities were created by a Decree-Law in 1911: the universities of Coimbra, Oporto and Lisbon. This law considered the University of Coimbra to be reformed, whilst the other two were considered to be new. The introduction to the Decree-Law neglected to mention the fact that most of the first phase of the Portuguese university system (1288-1290 and 1537) took place in Lisbon. The University of Lisbon was founded on its now oldest faculties: Letters, Law and Medicine.
    In spite of the ex novo creation, the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon followed up the project of the Curso Superior de Letras which had been created by the king, D. Pedro V, in 1859 and subsequently twice reorganised in 1878 and 1901.
    Throughout its history and several syllabus revisions (the most important of which occurred in 1957), the Faculty of Letters of Lisbon has developed important work at both the scientific and pedagogic level, focusing on large areas of knowledge, such as Classical Studies, Geography, Literary Studies, History, Philosophy and, up to the 80s, Psychology.
    The Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses (including MA and PhD courses), as well as free courses in several areas, such as Portuguese as a Foreign Language.
    The Faculty houses several research centres, since 1933 has published a journal entitled Revista da Faculdade de Letras, and several other journals of a more specialised nature, produced by the different departments and institutes.

    Tourist information:

    We look forwarding to welcoming you in Lisbon!
    Warm regards, The Organizers of ACT 23 – Rethinking the Humanities

    Contact:

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    Comissão organizadora:

    • Sofia Tavares
    • Ricardo Gil Soeiro

    Secretariado Executivo:

    • Sofia Tavares
    • Ricardo Gil Soeiro
    • Rita Correia

    Contactos:






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