Mapping the Humanities

What characterises the humanities today? Which methods and questions are at stake and developing? How do the humanities contribute to and negotiate today’s societal challenges, and how do they interact with and influence other scientific traditions and research fields?  What is the outline of the new human sciences that are developing at the borders between the humanities and other scientific fields?


Two newly established research programmes in Denmark, The Human Turn, directed by Sverre Raffnsøe, and Humanomics, directed by Frederik Stjernfelt, are pleased to invite scholars, researchers and stakeholders to participate in this three-year international conference series, beginning with the inaugural conference Mapping the Humanities at Copenhagen Business School, 21-22 November 2012.


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Participation in Mapping the Humanities is free of charge, but registration is required: Sign up

On Wednesday, November 21, 2012, we host a conference dinner. Participation in the conference dinner is DKK 250. Please register and pay for your participation in the conference dinner when registering for participation in the conference.


Goal of the Conference

The aim of the conference is to present the latest scholarly debates about contemporary and historical knowledge production in the humanities and map the societal fields that call upon research in the humanities. A particular aim of the conference is to understand the humanities as situated between disciplinary science and other modes of research.


The conference presents different perspectives on the relationship and flow between research in the humanities, and between the humanities and the social and natural sciences.  Interviews with researchers operating in interdisciplinary fields will be a key part of the conference.


Keynote speakers include Nico Stehr, Karl Mannheim Professor for Cultural Studies at Zeppelin University, and Nikolas Rose, Head of Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine. King's College, London.


About the Organisers
The conference series is organized in collaboration between the two research programmes The Human Turn and Humanomics: mapping the dynamics of the humanities.


The Human Turn examines the new call for knowledge of the human in the natural sciences, the life sciences and the social sciences. The common drive is the realisation that knowledge of the human plays a decisive factor in handling societal challenges and the advancement of science. Focusing on a number of exemplary interdisciplinary fields such as political science, welfare science, health science, environmental science and the science of management, The Human Turn investigates the consequences and potentials of this new human turn. Participants include Kirsten Hastrup, Uffe Juul Jensen, Anne-Marie Mai, Sverre Raffnsøe and Morten Raffnsøe-Møller. For further information, see


Humanomics is an interdisciplinary research programme that studies the historical, conceptual and institutional dynamics of the humanities. The programme seeks to provide insight into which humanist theories, methods and concepts that are operative in today’s science system, and in doing so seeks to develop an empirically-based philosophy of the humanities. Participants include Vincent F. Hendricks, Andreas Roepstorff, Simo Køppe, Svend Østergård, Claus Emmeche, Esther Oluffa Pedersen, Uffe Østergård, Frederik Stjernfelt and David Budtz Pedersen. For further information, see 


Both research programmes are supported by the VELUX FOUNDATION as integrating initiatives within its humanities programme. The intention is to support the development of a research-based debate about the potentials and challenges for the humanities and human sciences. For further information about the VELUX FOUNDATION'S humanities initiative see or contact Henrik Tronier,


The Humanities towards a New Agenda continues in 2013 and 2014
The 2012 conference Mapping the Humanities constitutes an opening for all interested parties to contribute to the discussion of the quality and potentials of the humanities in contemporary society. The conference series continues in 2013 with Part 2: Negotiating the Humanities, and in 2014 with Part 3: The Future of the Humanities. Further information about part 2 and 3 of the conference series will be available following the first part.


For more information, please contact
David Budtz Pedersen, Co-Director, Humanomics, Aarhus University (
Ditte Vilstrup Holm, Project Manager, The Human Turn, Copenhagen Business School (

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