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The Centre for Humanities Innovation

"Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities"

The Durham Centre for Humanities Innovation (CHI) has been 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

The following manifestos have been accepted for the conference 'Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities' to be held at Durham University, July 7-8, 2014.

1. Life in Literature, Literature in Life by Maurizio Ascari

2. The New Humanities by Gregory Asmolov

3. Need of Sense, New Anthropology and New Ethics by Gabriella Bianco

4. Manifesto for the Literary Humanities by James Carney and Emily T. Troscianko 

5. Curing Anosognosia in the Humanities by Robert P. Crease

6. Manifesto for a Transcultural Humanism by Arianna Dagnino

7. Dialogic Revitalization of Humanities by Edward Demenchonok

8. The Transformative Humanities: What, Why and How to Transform? by Mikhail Epstein

9. Towards an Awareness Economy by Christophe Fricker 

10. Key Tasks Facing the Humanities by Igor Klukanov

11. Existentialism Revisited by Dmitry Leontiev

12. Poetic Thinking by Marko Pajevic

13. Multitudo-varsity & Kairos-Humanities by Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha

14. Creativity is Freedom by Maria A. Shteynman

15. Manifesto for the New Humanities by Catherine Moir and Johan Siebers

16. Global Humanities by Mihai I. Spariosu

17. Manifesto for the New Humanities by Oscar Salgado Suarez

18. Vision and Action: A TIP Manifesto by Gang Sui

19. Recognising the 'Spark' in Theological Poetics by Jonathan Sutton

20. Creativity and Imagination in the Humanities by Martin Swales

21. New Shift in Humanities Paradigm by Tulchinsky Grigory, Akopov Sergey, Barandova Tatiana

22. Dawn of the Unread by James Walker

23. Manifesto / Anti-Manifesto by Seán M. Williams

24. Through ‘the strait gate’ by Julian Wright

25. Pluralistic methodology and the innovation of the humanities by Zhicang Zhang