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Durham University

The Centre for Humanities Innovation

Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities

The Durham Centre for Humanities Innovation (CHI) was founded to foster intellectual creativity in scholarship and research; and to encourage the creation of new ideas, concepts, mental schemes, and other products of intellectual imagination. Discussions of the humanities’ future, and of the future humanities, have recently appeared in the form of book-length manifestos:

  • John Russo, The Future without a Past: The Humanities in a Technological Society (2005)
  • Martha Nussbaum, Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010)
  • Mikhail Epstein, The Transformative Humanities: A Manifesto (2012)

The modality of the manifesto reflects the urgent need for methodological breakthroughs in the humanities.

It is in this spirit that we launched a call for manifestos in October 2013. The proposed topics included:

  • Creativity and imagination in the humanities
  • Paradigmatic and methodological innovation in the humanities; new genres and disciplines
  • Humanities scholarship as foundation for cultural practices
  • The humanities and the digital: modes of mutual transformation
  • The humanities confronting environmental challenges
  • ‘Third Cultures’: effective interactions between the humanities and sciences

To view the manifestos that were accepted for presentation at our inaugural international conference, "Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities", held on 7 and 8 July, 2014, please click here.