Liège, from 6 to 12 August 2017
Liège will host the World Humanities Conference from Sunday, 6 to Saturday, 12 August 2017.
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Liège, from 6 to 12 August 2017
Co-organized by UNESCO, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (ICPHS) and LIEGETOGETHER.
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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.



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.

Honorary Committee

Président :

M. André Gilles, Député-Président du Collège provincial de Liège

Vice-Présidents :

M. Willy Demeyer, Bourgmestre de la Ville de Liège et M. Albert Corhay, Recteur de l’Université de Liège

Membres du Comité d’Honneur de la Fondation CMH – Liège 2017


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.

General Secretariat

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.

Core Group

It assists and advises the General Secretariat and gathers a small group of experts coming from partner institutions and international scientific community:
- President Adama Samassekou (Mali), former Président of the CIPSH ;
- Professor CHAO Gejin (China), President of the CIPSH et Co-President of the Programme Committee :
- Professor Luiz OOSTERBEEK, Secretary-General of the CIPSH;
- Professor François DJINDJIAN, Vice-President of the CIPSH ;
- Doctor John CROWLEY, representative of Mrs Nada Al-Nashif, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO ;
- Mr Michel COPPÉ, representative of Deputy-President André Gilles;
- Mr Jean-Christophe PETERKENNE, representative of the City of Liège;
- Dean Jean WINAND, President of the International Programme Committee and representative of the University of Liège ;
- le Professeur Robert HALLEUX, Secretary-General of the Conference ;

- Doctor Michel ANDRÉ ;
- Professor Rosi BRAIDOTTI ;
- Professor Madeline CAVINESS
- Doctor Jean-Luc DE PAEPE ;
- Professor Satoko FUJIWARA ;
- Professor Chantal GRELL ;
- Doctor Lazare KI-ZERBO ;
- Doctor Martial ZE BELINGA.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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

Concluding Session

Rebuilding the Humanities, Rebuilding Humanism


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