'Automation and the Future of the University', Palace Green Learning Centre, July 11-12 2016
Our current vision of the Enlightenment, or ‘Humboldtian’, university is built on the separation of knowledge into disciplines and the training of students in the professional expertise required to master them (Wellmon 2015). Yet this vision of the university will surely founder in a climate of unemployment predicted to rise to 30-70% as a result of economic automation, and where what jobs there are risk being deskilled and precarious, at constant risk from the rise of the robots (Osborne & Frey 2013). This scenario raises difficult questions about the value of existing ‘professional’ qualifications in a ‘post-professional’ society (Susskind & Susskind 2015). An alternative to the exhaustive adaptation to circumstance of the consumer model of higher education could be to reinvent the university around the new economic model of the ‘pollen society’ (Boutang 2010), the ‘Collaborative Commons’ (Rifkin 2014), or ‘economy of contribution’ (Stiegler 2009). The university might thus become a hub for citizen-science and massively participatory research in what some have described as a coming ‘world without work’, liberated for creativity and emancipated by automation from the relentless commodification of culture (Srnicek and Williams 2015). What would this mean, though, for what we do and how we do it? What transformations in the disciplinary landscape would it entail? How do questions of economic automation intersect with those of the automation of decision and thought through technologies that increasingly prescribe our experience? These questions presuppose and build on others that have long been posed in the critical humanities and social sciences, regarding, for instance, the nature or work and the relation of the arts, humanities, and even the sciences, to technological change, quantification and Big Data.
Keynote: Chad Wellmon (University of Virginia)
Plus other confirmed speakers: Anne Alombert (Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation)—David Berry (Sussex Humanities Lab, Unversity of Sussex)— Patrick Crogan (UWE Digital Cultures Research Centre)—Martin Crowley (Cambridge University)—Beatrice Fazi (Sussex Humanities Lab, Unversity of Sussex)— Karen Gregory (Edinburgh University)—Michael Mack (Durham University)—Gerald Moore (Durham University)
Attendance at the workshop is free but registration will be required. For enquiries and registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday July 11th
09.00—Coffee, fruit, pastries and registration
‘The University and the Two Cultures: Snow’s Two Cultures meets Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition’ (Michael Mack, Durham)
‘Play Fight’ (Martin Crowley, Cambridge)
'Animation, Automation and Future Projections' (Patrick Crogan, UWE)
‘The Automation of Thought’ (Beatrice Fazi, Sussex)
Title: tbc(Karen Gregory, Edinburgh)
Title: tbc(David Berry, Sussex)
‘Knowledge Machines: Universities, Search Engines, and Other Thinking Aids’ (Chad Wellmon, Virginia)
Followed by drinks reception (Palace Green Learning Centre) and conference meal (19.00) at The Cellar Door, 41 Saddler Street
Tuesday July 12th
09.00—Coffee, fruit, pastries
‘The Dead Zone of the University’ (Gerald Moore, Durham)
‘The Plaine Commune “learning territory”:
On contributive economics and research’
(Anne Alombert, Plaine Commune)
Title: tbc(Franck Cormerais, Bordeaux-Michel Montaigne)
‘Adopting the Plaine Commune model?’
Roundtable discussion with all conference participants.
(6 Jul 2016)
Centre for Humanities Innovation Durham workshop:The Emerging Humanities: Strategies for the Future
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. This workshop is a follow–up to the international conference Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities, July 7-8 2014, organised by CHI. At this workshop we will explore the IAS 2014/15 theme, ‘Emergence’, as applied to the emergence of new ideas, approaches and disciplinary trends in the humanities. Each speaker will be allowed 30 minutes for her or his presentation followed by 10 minutes for discussion.
Paradoxical Speech Acts: Transformatives and Counterformatives
Mikhail Epstein's new article Paradoxical Speech Acts: Transformatives and Counterformatives
(Parallax, Routledge) is free to view via
(29 Apr 2015)
Lecture by Professor Katherine Hayles : 'Transforming the Meaning of Interpretation: A Challenge to the Humanities'
The Centre for Humanities Innovation at Durham University is proud to sponsor a lecture by Professor Katherine Hayles. She is currently a Fellow at St Mary’s College, Durham University (January – March 2015). The event will take place on Thursday, 5th March 2015 from 17:00 to 18:30 in room A56, Elvet Riverside, Durham University. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Lecture by Dr. Vladimir Nikiforov: 'Christianity and Russia's Attitude to the West'
The Centre for Humanities Innovation is pleased to invite Dr. Valdimir Nikiforov to speak on 'Christianity and Russia's Attiitude to the West', to be held on Tuesday 24th February, from 17:00 to 18:30, Room A29, Elvet Riverside 1. All are welcome to attend.
Seminar by IAS fellow, Prof. Katherine Hayles on 'Digital Media for the 21st Century: The Importance of Nonconscious Cognition'
IAS fellow, Prof Katherine Hayles (Duke), will be giving a seminar for the Digital Studies research group next week, on Wednesday 11th February 2015. The title of her paper will be 'Digital Media for the 21st Century: The Importance of Nonconscious Cognition'
The seminar will be held at 12.00-13.30 in Elvet Riverside, room ER146 (come in the main entrance and immediately turn right).
(3 Feb 2015)
Upcoming lecture by renowned artist Vitaly Komar
The Centre for Humanities Innovation at Durham University is proud to sponsor a lecture by renowned artist Vitaly Komar, to be given on Thursday, 27th November from 17:00 to 18:30 in room ER142, Elvet Riverside, Durham University. Mr Komar was one of the founders of the Sots Art movement (Soviet Pop/Conceptual Art) and a pioneer of multi-stylistic post-modernism (1972-73). He will give a talk entitled "Collaboration with Animals in Art: Sots-art and Conceptual Eclecticism"; all are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next session of CHI reading group
Durham University research staff and postgraduates are warmly invited to the next session of the Centre for Humanities Innovation reading group, which will take place on Wednesday, 19th November at 12 noon in A56, Elvet Riverside. Please follow the link below to access the reading, which is a selection from Bruno Latour: An Inquiry into Modes of Existence. An Anthropology of the Moderns. Translated by Catherine Porter. Cambridge MA and London: Harvard University Press. (Chapters 5, ‘Removing Some Speech Impediments’, and 6, ‘Correcting a Slight Defect in Construction’, pp. 123-178.)
(30 Oct 2014)
The Updated Programme of the Inaugural Conference Beyond Crisis
The updated programme of the inaugural conference Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities, Durham University (Durham UK), Palatine Centre, July 7–8 is available from the conference page.
The 25 manifestos accepted for the conference are published on CHI's site.
(1 Jul 2014)
'Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities' Conference Reminder
Online registration for the international conference 'Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities' (Durham University, UK, July 7-8 2014) is open till June 20.
To book a place on the conference please go to Online Event Registration page. The programme is available from the conference page. The 25 manifestos accepted for the conference are published on CHI's site.
(19 Jun 2014)
'Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities' Conference Programme
Programme for the CHI conference to be held on July 7 and 8, 2014 is now available from the conference page.
(3 Jun 2014)
The Manifestos on 'The Future of Humanities' Published
The Manifestos on 'The Future of Humanities' accepted for the conference "Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities" (July 7 and 8, 2014; Durham University) are now published on CHI's site.
To book a place on the conference please go to Online Event Registration page. Please register before June 20th.
(29 May 2014)
Faith & Wisdom in Science
Join Prof Tom McLeish, PVC Research, Durham University for the launch of his new book Faith & Wisdom in Science, Oxford 2014 with a panel discussion looking at the relationship between science and religion. What is the long human story of science? What would a theology of science look like? How could our politics better navigate science?
The panel will include: Robert Song, Richard Briggs, Nancy Cartwright, Mikhail Epstein, Giles Gasper and David Wilkinson.
In association with IAS, IMEMS, CHI, CHESS, Durham Cathedral and St John's College.
(28 May 2014)
'Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities' Conference Booking Now Open
We are happy to announce that the international conference "Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities", to be held on July 7 and 8, 2014 in Durham, UK, is ready to accept online bookings. To book a place on the conference please go to Online Event Registration page. Please register before June 20th. Standard Conference Package (GBP 50.00) includes attendance to the conference on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 July, lunch and refreshments. Other options are also available.
The conference includes the following panels:
- General Perspectives
- Methodology and Philosophy of Humanities
- Creativity and freedom
- Humanities and Society
- Cultures and Dialogue
- Literature, Poetics and Theology
- Humanities, Sciences and Technology
- Digitality and Humanness
The conference speakers include Prof. Thomas Docherty (Warwick), Prof. Francis Donoghue (Ohio State University), Prof. Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway), Prof. Sander Gilman (Emory University), Dr Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths University of London), Prof. Robert Crease (Stony Brook University),and Prof. Mihai Spariosu (University of Georgia).
(23 May 2014)
CHI conference registration now open
Booking is now open for the CHI conference to be held on July 7 and 8, 2014. Please see the Online Event Registration and Event Details
(21 May 2014)
Inaugural International Conference 'Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities
Inaugural International Conference
Centre for Humanities Innovation (CHI), Durham University, UK
We have received more than fifty submissions for the upcoming conference and about thirty of them have been accepted. Confirmed plenary speakers include Prof. Thomas Docherty (Warwick), Prof. Francis Donoghue (Ohio State University), Prof. Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway), Prof. Sander Gilman (Emory University), and Dr Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths University of London). The registration to the conference will open within a week, please look for our announcements.
For further queries please contact the organisers (Prof. Mikhail Epstein, Dr. Caitríona Ní Dhúill, Dr., Gerald Moore) at the dedicated conference email: email@example.com.
Mikhail Epstein's article 'The solution to the humanities crisis must come from within' published in the Conversation
To read full article please go to: "The solution to the humanities crisis must come from within"
(7 May 2014)
Plotting the Crisis: Ecologies, Commodities, and the Arts, 24 May 2014
A free and public symposium seeking to interrogate the concept of “crisis”.
For more information:
(1 May 2014)
Public Lecture: 'Sleep, 'Night', and Bodily Anonymity: The Harms of Rape While Unconscious' 7 May 2014
On 7 May Cressida Heyes will be delivering a lecture entitled 'Sleep, 'Night', and Bodily Anonymity: The Harms of Rape While Unconscious' at 5pm in ER140 at Elvet Riverside.
CHI Reading Group
The Centre for Humanities Innovation will be conducting their second meeting of the Reading Group on Wednesday, December 11th at 12 noon. The reading will be over Bernard Stiegler's 'What makes life worth living: of pharmacology' and will meet at Elvet Riverside, room A56. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to recieve a copy of the reading and confirm your attendance.
(21 Nov 2013)
Centre for Humanities Innovation Inaugural Reading Group
We are pleased to announce the first meeting of the Centre for Humanities Innovation reading group. For further information contact email@example.com.
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CHI in Budapest discussin New Paradigms in the Humanities and the Transformation of the Literary
(18 Jun 2013) » More about COLLOQUIUM
The Centre for Humanities Innovation opening
The Centre for Humanities Innovation (Durham University) opening reception and mini-conference on May 16, 2013.
(10 May 2013) » More about The Centre for Humanities Innovation opening
Centre Russkii Mir opened at Durham University
On April 23 2013 at Durham University in Northeast England a new Russian Center was officially opened at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. The Center in Durham was named after Sergei Averintsev, the distinguished Russian philologist and cultural historian. Professor Mikhail Epstein shared his recollections about Mr. Averintsev and assessed his contribution to the humanities.
(26 Apr 2013) » More about Russkii Mir Centre at Durham
International Symposium The Writer as Language Laboratory: Experiment, Reflection and Construction of Social Meaning
- When: 9:00am – 5:45pm 14th March 2013
- Where: The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, The University of Edinburgh, 14 Buccleuch Place
The symposium will bring together scholars of literary and socio-cultural linguistics, Russian writers and promoters of linguistic culture.
(26 Apr 2013)