First working meeting at the Provincial Palace of Liege to establish the working methodology
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Delivered at the Provincial Palace of Liege
Adama SAMASSEKOU was guest of honour at the Advanced Technical College of the Province of Liège for the “Campus de Cristal 2013” award ceremony on Tuesday, May 7
Liege will host the World Humanities Conference from Sunday, the 6th to Saturday, the 12th August 2017. Co-organized by UNESCO, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) and the World Humanities Conference – Liège 2017 Foundation, this congress will gather about 1800 participants from all over the world working in the fields of science, politics, art and communication, as well as representatives of international, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The title of the conference is: - World Humanities Conference. Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition; - Conférence Mondiale des Humanités. Défis et responsabilités pour une planète en transition.
Until the Second World War, the Humanities were at the heart of both public debate and the political arena. In recent years, their role has faded and they have been marginalized. It is crucial to stop their marginalization, restore them and impose their presence in the public sphere as well as in public policies. It is not about demonstrating that the humanities are ‘useful’, but to determine their scope and how they can contribute to resolving the main challenges of the third millennium.
Anthem of Humanity
Prior to the World Humanities Conference of August 2017, the 2016 campaign “Debout Citoyen!” (Stand up, Citizen!) led to the creation of an anthem by Rhonny Ventat, a famous Liégeois composer, saxophonist and “Ambassador of the Province of Liege”, to induce human reflection.
Rhonny Ventat describes the progress of his work as follows:
"The peoples have always complied with their conditions or have stood up for their rights and their life quality. The anthem describes this process. At the heart of this work, before the great final “gathering” of the peoples, a quotation appears to the song “Valeureux Liégeois” expressing the obvious connection to the Liégeois identity and its culture that opens up to others… In the course of the anthem, the instruments gather together in that unifying whole without differences and without frontiers, hoped for ever since the beginning of human history."
UNESCO wishes to revitalize the humanities through a global event where the most qualified representatives of the main disciplines will face the great challenges of our time.
The CIPSH, founded in 1949, is one of the non-governmental organizations established by UNESCO to assist it in its mission (like the ICOM, the ICOMOS, the ICSU, etc.). It comprises several scholarly federations:
- International Union of Academies (UAI) (= the international union of academies for humanities and social sciences); - International Union of History and Philosophy of Science / Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPS / DHST); - International Union of History and Philosophy of Science / Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPS / DLMPS); - International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR); - International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES); - International Union of Prehistoric and the Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP); - International Federation of Associations of Classical Studies (FIEC); - International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM); - International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP); - Permanent International Committee of Linguists (CIPL); - International Committee of Historical Sciences (CISH - ICHS); - International Committee for the History of Art (CIHA); - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS); - Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres (CHCI); - International Geographical Union ( IGU - UGI); - International Association of Aesthetics (IAA).
These disciplines are mainly represented in the Faculties of Philosophy and Letters (the "humanities" in the traditional sense, Geisteswissenschaften in German), but representatives of other Faculties (Social Sciences or Natural Sciences) can be integrated.
As the Local Organizing Committee recognized by UNESCO, the World Humanities Conference – Liège 2017 Foundation gathers the Province, the City and the University of Liege across the political spectrum.
The President of the World Humanities Conference is H.E. Adama Samassekou, former President of CIPSH, former Minister of Education of Mali, former Chairman of the African Academy of Languages, Chairman of the MAAYA network.
M. André Gilles, Député-Président du Collège provincial de Liège
M. Willy Demeyer, Bourgmestre de la Ville de Liège et M. Albert Corhay, Recteur de l’Université de Liège
La Province de Liège
La Ville de Liège
L’Université de Liège
International Programme Committee
It is co-chaired by:
- Professor CHAO Gejin (China), Chairman of CIPSH;
- Professor Jean WINAND, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Liege.
It includes 75 Belgian and foreign scholars (French-speaking and Dutch-speaking) chosen by the University of Liege, CIPSH and UNESCO. It will be responsible for selecting the keynote speakers, the forum subjects and the thematic sessions, the refereeing of the papers, the presidency and secretarial work of the sessions and workshops.
World Humanities Conference Foundation
This Foundation associates the University of Liege, the City and the Province. It is chaired by André GILLES, Deputy-President of the Provincial College of Liege. The Vice-Presidents are the Rector of the University, Albert CORHAY, and the Mayor of the City, Willy DEMEYER. The Foundation is charged with the management of the financial, administrative, communicational and logistical aspects of the Conference. It is bound by convention to CIPSH and UNESCO.
The Foundation administrators are, for the Province of Liège, Mr Bernard Pourveur, Mr Jean-Pierre Burton and Mr Michel Coppé, for the City of Liège, Mr Jean-Marie Verdière and Mr Jean-Christophe Peterkenne, and for the University of Liège, Mr Albert Corhay and Mr Jean Winand.
It is provided by Professor Robert Halleux, Member of the Institut de France and of the Royal Academy of Belgium assisted by a team of young scholars: Isadora Vandamme, Blanche El Gammal, Stany Mazurkiewicz and Jan Vandersmissen.
It provides daily management, preparation of documents and programmes and the organization of meetings.
The WHC programme includes an opening session, six plenary lectures, six sections and a closing session.
The opening session will be held on Sunday, August 6, 2017 afternoon.
The closing session will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017.
The plenary lectures, assigned to "Voices of Humanity", will address the whole conference and the public in the late afternoon.
The six sections will be held in parallel for six days. Each one has one or two plenary opening lectures, by a high-level specialist (specialised keynote speaker) addressing the entire section, and several sessions. Each session includes symposia or collected papers and individual papers.
The division into sections and sessions is fixed. The proposals for symposia and papers are welcome until April 1, 2017. Once accepted by the Programme Committee and the Foundation, they will appear on the programme.
SECTION I. HUMANITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Session 1. Environmental Anthropology, Interpretation and Creativity
Session 2. History of the Natural Environment and Climate
Session 3. Humans and the Environment: Adaptations and Modifications
Session 4. Humans and the Environment in the Industrial Era
Session 5. The Humanities in Environmental Management
Session 6.Environment, Societies and Values
SECTION II. CULTURAL IDENTITIES, CULTURAL DIVERSITIES AND INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS: A GLOBAL MULTICULTURAL HUMANITY
Session 1. Interdisciplinary Approach to Cultural Identity and its Components
Session 2. Cultural Identity and Diversity in Dynamic Perspective
Session 3. Internal Analysis of Interculturalism
Session 4. Dynamic Analysis of Interculturalism
Session 5. Roads of Dialogue, Paths of Knowledge and Cultural Routes
SECTION III. BORDERS AND MIGRATIONS
Session 1. Conceptual Analysis
Session 2. Borderscape: Borders as Organization of Space: Tracing and Marking
Session 3. The Dynamics of International Migration
Session 4. Migration, Culture and Values
SECTION IV. HERITAGE
Session 1. Regarding the Notion of Heritage
Session 2. Threats to Tangible Heritage
Session 3. Threats to Intangible Heritage
Session 4. New Patrimonialisations
Session 5. Heritage Reclaimed
SECTION V. HISTORY, MEMORY AND POLITICS
Session 1. Epistemological Perspectives
Session 2. The Work of the Historian in its Political Context
Session 3. Commemorations, Celebrations and Remembrance
Session 4. From Eurocentric History to Multipolar History
Session 5. Collective Memory and the Consequences of War
SECTION VI. THE HUMANITIES IN A CHANGING WORLD. WHAT CHANGES THE WORLD AND IN THE WORLD? WHAT CHANGES THE HUMANITIES AND IN THE HUMANITIES?
Session 1. Surveys on the Evolution of the Humanities
Session 2. Digital Worlds
Session 3. The New Research Landscape
Session 4. Old Texts, New approaches
Session 5. Publication and Assessment
Session 6. The Humanities, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Social Sciences
Session 7. Humanities, Education and Culture
Session 8. Gender Studies
Do you want to attend the WHC?
- Students, carers and auditors: €25 (including conference documents).
Attendees facing financial hardship due to their personal situation or the socio-economic conditions in their country should contact the WHC Liège 2017 General Secretariat.
Do you want to speak at the WHC?
You have agreed on a presentation with the WHC General Secretariat. Register now :
- “Speakers” rate (full price): €100 (including conference documents, coffee breaks and receptions).
- “Speakers” rate (PhD students and retirees): €50 (including conference documents, coffee breaks and receptions).
Speakers facing financial hardship due to their personal situation or the socio-economic conditions in their country should contact the WHC Liège 2017 General Secretariat.
Want to participate in the Banquet of the World Humanities Conference?
Date of the Banquet: Thursday, August 10 in the evening.
- Full price: 50 € per person.
You will soon receive an e-mail informing you of the time and place of the banquet.
Brussels Airlines is proud to be the official airline carrier for the 1st World Humanities Conference, granting a 10% discount on flights for attendees and accompanying persons, applicable in both Business and Economy class rates. This offer is valid from Europe, Russia, Tel Aviv & Africa to Brussels or vice versa.
Book until August 6, 2017 and travel between July 30 and August 19, 2017.
Discover a selection of hotels, holiday lets, B&Bs, and student halls and hostels near Liège city centre.
Each and every accommodation provider will do everything possible to ensure you have a pleasant stay.
These accommodation options are suited to all budgets, are located in the city centre or the suburbs, and are relatively easy to access.
While you’re here, you can also enjoy the famous festivities on 15 August – the date when the Ardent City’s festival, which commences well beforehand, culminates. The celebrations include a flea market, puppet show, folk dancing, a procession, mass in the Walloon dialect, the “tirs de campes” firecracker event, a fanfare and giant parade, popular games, concerts and many other forms of entertainment. For more information, go to : www.tchantches.eu
Cultural and Touristic Program
On Wednesday afternoon, there is a “break” in the World Humanities Conference programme. This is a great opportunity to explore the exceptional attractions that the Province of Liège has to offer – a province that stands at the heart of Europe – as well as the Ardennes and Brussels!
The group excursions have been specially designed for all WHC attendees who wish to take part.
“Ardenne Incoming”, our receptive tourism department, has put together a selection of excursions and activities just for you:
- The “Family of Man” exhibition in Clervaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The Province of Liège’s numerous museums and attractions, including Val-Dieu Abbey and its brewery, the Château of Modave and the Chocolaterie Darcis.
- The Brussels Parlamentarium and a guided city tour by coach and on foot.
- The Thermes de Spa, which ally tradition and modernity.
- A visit to Alden Biesen and Tongeren, Belgium’s oldest city.
Vous êtes inscrits à la CMH mais n’assisterez pas à l’entièreté du programme ?
Are you a speaker or planning to attend the full programme but want something to do in the evening?
Are you bringing guests with you and want something to fill their time?
Do you want to explore the region with a guided tour?
Then these group excursions are exactly what you’re looking for!
Explore the exceptional attractions of the Province of Liège and the heart of Europe:
- Take a tour of the Ardent City, its historic city centre, its train station designed by Calatrava and the Brasserie C where you can sample local beers.
- Explore the Province of Liège’s numerous museums and attractions, including the Guillaume Apollinaire Museum and the famous Spa-Francorchamps Circuit Museum at Stavelot Abbey, and Blegny-Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Spend an afternoon exploring Maastricht!
Do you want to explore the city on your own?
Liège and its multi-faceted province have a wide range of tourist attractions to suit all tastes.
While you’re here, you can also enjoy the famous festivities on 15 August – the date when the Ardent City’s festival culminates. The celebrations include a flea market, puppet show, folk dancing, a procession, mass in the Walloon dialect, the “tirs de campes” firecracker event, a fanfare and giant parade, popular games, concerts and many other forms of entertainment. For more information, go to: www.tchantches.eu