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International AGYA Conference: The Place of Humanities in Research, Education and Society: An Arab-German Dialogue

08 - 10 Nov 2019

Berlin, Germany

Find more information about the conference here: http://www.agya.info/humanities-conference2019/

Digitization and artificial intelligence, globalization, agriculture and sustainable resource production in times of climate change, genome editing and high-tech medicine, are highly topical issues of STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). These technological and ecological transformations are increasingly shaping our everyday lives, and they determine how we will live in the future. Hence, new challenges for society arise, requiring philosophers, historians, literary scholars, and artists to provide us the essential knowledge and a variety of perspectives to reflect on social change, our ethical values, and norms: the humanities help us make meaning of the future world and define our place in it.

The international AGYA conference aims at exploring the potential and challenges of the humanities, engaging Arab and German key players in a multilateral dialogue.

In the Arab world and Germany, the humanities face common obstacles such as limited access to financial resources or their very relevance being constantly put in question. Specifically in the Arab world, the lack of prestige and status of the humanities make gifted students rather choose a career path in STEM disciplines. A restricted access to international knowledge production is also an issue in some Arab countries. In Germany, the job market for graduates of the humanities is comparatively precarious. Therefore, it is time to initiate a transregional dialogue about the role of the humanities, their standing in the academic field, and their impact on society.

What are the most challenging issues in the humanities today? How to teach humanities at universities and high schools to the next generation and what does it take to bridge the gap between sciences and humanities? What is the potential of digital humanities? The AGYA conference invites scholars of the humanities, scientists, and university officials from Arab countries and Germany to exchange ideas and share best practices, explore different strategies and benefits of Arab-German cooperation, and discuss the effects of funding policies. Last but not least, the importance and impact of humanities beyond the academic sphere will be debated together with representatives of cultural institutions, media and funding institutions, policy makers, and creative minds: How to make the knowledge and the skills associated with the humanities accessible to a broader public?

This is a conference of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) in cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin and Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, with the collaboration of Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and American University of Sharjah. Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The conference is part of the Berlin Science Week.


Date, Time & Venue

08 November 2019, 6 - 9 p.m.
Freie Universität Berlin, Silberlaube, Hörsaal 1b, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem,

09 - 10 November 2019, all day,
Freie Universität Berlin, Silberlaube, Hörsaal 1b, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem



Contact & Registration

Please register until 31 October 2019. Find more information about the conference here.



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