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09/10/2019 - 09/12/2019 | Hannover

Herrenhausen Symposium: Positioning the Humanities in the 2020s

International experts will focus on the future role of the humanities at a symposium in Hannover on September 10-12, 2019.

Since the new millennium the humanities in the Anglo-Saxon world as well as the Geistes- and Kulturwissenschaften in Europe have been exposed to manifold constraints and threats, but there also have been new opportunities. On the one hand they were quite severely affected by paradigm shifts in the value systems of policy-makers and university leaders, thus redirecting resources towards apparently more useful and profit-making units (with higher impact on the university's overall performance).

On the other hand, they were confronted with an increasing demand for providing their specific knowledge base and expertise in culturally embedded matters such as ethnic and religious conflicts or the changing modes of communication in a digitalized world. It is against this background that the international Herrenhausen Symposium, organized by the Volkswagen Foundation and the German U15 Universities, aims at thoroughly analyzing the present situation and achievements made.

Experts from renowned academic institutions in Europe and abroad will exchange their views and ideas. A particular emphasis shall be put on future developments and strategically important prospects for the respective knowledge domains in the 2020s. What is their role in an increasingly instable world? How can they protect their autonomy and pave the way for a culture of scholarly creativity? What steps should be taken?


Session 1: Analysis of the Present Situation
Session 2: The Humanities Facing Globalization and the Rise of New Nationalism
Session 3: Humanities in the Digital Era
Session 4: Challenges for and Advances of the Humanities
Session 5: Bridging the Gap between Cultures - Humanities and the Natural and Social Sciences
Session 6: The Humanities' Contribution towards the Global Issues

The detailed program for the Symposium can be found here:


If you would like to attend the conference, please register here: There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential.


The conference language is English.


Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. On our website you find information on hotels with room contingents reserved for the participants of the symposium.


The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".

Information on participating / attending:
There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential.


09/10/2019 13:00 - 09/12/2019 13:00

Event venue:

Herrenhausen Palace
Herrenhäuser Str. 5
30419 Hannover
30419 Hannover

Target group:

Scientists and scholars, Students



Subject areas:

Cultural sciences, Social studies

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




Jens Rehländer


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