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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Introduction

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

Latest News

09 Apr 2015

First working meeting

First working meeting at the Provincial Palace of Liege to establish the working methodology

04 Aug 2014

Mr. André GILLES speech, Provincial Deputy President

Delivered at the Provincial Palace of Liege

07 May 2014

Crystal Campus

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

Content

The title of the conference:

  • World Humanities Conference : Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition
  • Conférence mondiale des Humanités. Défis et responsabilités pour une planète en transition

The content has been broadly drawn by the ICPHS and UNESCO. It is about elaborating a global reflection on the Humanities and their part in a polycentric world from a transcultural perspective.
UNESCO has pinpointed the main challenges of a “planet in transition”:

  • the population increase;
  • the reorganization of territories;
  • the migratory flows;
  • the energy and environmental constraints;
  • the cultural standardization in the light of globalization and, conversely, the structuring of new identities;
  • the emergence of the digital society which often leads to a dual society.

The humanities were at the heart of both public debate and the political arena until the Second World War. In recent years their part was fading 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 science policies.

The World Conference’s Proceedings will be published by UNESCO in open access.

Organization

1. The presidency

The presidency is entrusted to H.E. Adama SAMASSEKOU, former Minister of Education of Mali, former Chairman of the African Academy of Languages, Chairman of the MAYA network.

2. An honorary and policy committee

It will be composed of noted names of the international science (“hard” sciences, social sciences, humanities, Nobel Price) and politics. Its role will consist of patronage and dissemination.

3. A scientific program committee

Co-chaired by:

  • a representative of the University of Liège (the Rector or the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters);
  • Professor Chao GEJIN (China), Chairman of the ICPHS;
  • Professor Hervé HASQUIN, Permanent Secretary of the Royal Academy of Belgium and of the International Union of Academies.

It will include representatives of the University of Liège (and of its twin university in Ghent), of the ICPHS and UNESCO. It will be responsible for selecting the keynote speakers, the forum subjects and the thematic sessions, the refereeing of papers, the presidency and secretariat of sessions and workshops.

4. The local organizing Committee

Co-chaired by:

  • André GILLES, Deputy-President of the Provincial College of Liège;
  • Willy DEMEYER, Mayor of the City of Liège;
  • Albert CORHAY, Rector of the University of Liège

Formed by representatives of the Province, the City and the University of Liège as well as the vital forces of LIEGETOGETHER, it will be in charge of the event, communication and logistics.

5. The core group

Formed by:

  • Adama SAMASSEKOU, Chairman;
  • Luiz OOSTERBEEK, general Secretary of the ICPHS;
  • John CROWLEY, Chief of Section, Sector for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO;
  • Robert HALLEUX, Chairman of the CHST-ULG;
  • one representative of the Province of Liège;
  • two executive secretaries.

It will insure the general coordination of the World Conference.

Partenaires

Founded in 1949, the ICPHS 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 that represent the disciplines practised at our Faculties of Philosophy and Letters :

  • the International Union of Academies (IUA) (= the international union of academies for the humanities and social sciences);
  • the International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS);
  • the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST);
  • the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP);
  • the International Union of the Prehistoric and the Protohistoric Sciences (IUPPS);
  • the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR);
  • the International Federation of Associations of Classical Studies (FIEC), the International Committee of History of Art (ICHA);
  • the Permanent International Committee of Linguists (CIPL);
  • the International Musicological Society (IMS);
  • the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM);
  • the International Union for Oriental and Asian Studies (IUOAS);
  • the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES).

LIEGETOGETHER continues the event dynamics of Liège’s application for the world exhibition in 2017. This organization gathers Wallonia, the Province, the City and the University of Liège across the political spectrum. The City and the Province of Liège, which have an organizational expertise on “big events”, could undertake the logistics and the event aspect of the World Humanities Conference during its preparation.

The University of Liège is in charge of the scientific conception and realisation in close consultation with the City and the Province of Liège through its participation (together with the ICPHS and UNESCO) in the International Programme Committee (IPC). It can count on the support of the Royal Academy of Belgium and Ghent University which celebrates its bicentenary as well.

UNESCO takes part in the scientific conception, the funding, and especially, through its international network, the distribution of the conference and its results.

Calendar

2009

The idea of the World Humanities Conference was forwarded by Adama SAMASSEKOU at the General Assembly of the UNESCO

Summer 2010

Signing of a framework agreement ICPHS-UNESCO for the biennium 2010-2011

24/04/2014

Deposit of the official application of Liège by the Province, the City and the University of Liège

4/08/2014

Presentation of the application by André GILLES, Deputy-President of the Provincial College of Liège, to the numerous gathered Heads of States and Governments during the official commemorations of the beginning of the First World War 

13/10/2014

Application unanimously accepted by the General Assembly of the ICPHS

15/10/2014

Application accepted by the Executive Board of UNESCO

28/02/2015

First informal meeting of the future core group in Liège

09/04/2015

First working session at the Provincial Palace of Liège in order to establish the working method

July 2015

Core group meeting and establishment of the International Programme Committee

 

From 13 to 18/09/2015

Presentation of the Conference at the World Social Science Forum in Durban

 

 

24/10/2015

Third core group meeting

8 and 9/12/2015

General presentation of the World Humanities Conference at the General Assembly of the ICPHS in Beijing