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Arts and Humanities: Of(f) Course (25 and 26 June)

When:Tu 25-06-2013 19:30 - 21:30
Where:Aula, Broerstraat 5

Conference on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the department of Arts, Culture, and Media studies, University of Groningen

[Update: unfortunately, Jet Bussemaker had to cancel for the debate. Rector Elmer Sterken will be replaced by Bert Verveld, Secretary General of the Office of the University.]

This year the Department of Arts, Culture and Media celebrates its 10th anniversary with the program Arts and Humanities: Of(f) Course, which will be organized together with the Research Centre Arts in Society on 25-26 June 2013. Among the confirmed speakers is the renowned American philosopher Martha Nussbaum.

The title of this conference, Arts and Humanities. Of(f) Course points to the fact that both the arts and the humanities have lost their self-evidence in a world where 'bottom line' economic standards are becoming increasingly dominant. Universities are increasingly confronted with demands to ‘valorize’ academic research, but ways to do so are less obvious for the humanities than they are for (much of) the natural sciences. Whatever the outcome of this process, the arts and the study of the arts will demand new approaches towards research and education. How should the humanities deal with this problem? What kinds of theoretical frameworks and methodologies can be developed to respond to changing attitudes and societal problematics? And, finally, what does it mean to be ‘off course’? In this challenging climate, should the humanities adhere to familiar terrain, or stray from the beaten track.

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