Simon During, "The Idea of the Humanities"

1 November, 2017
3.00 - 5.00 p.m.


The humanities are undergoing a shift. In some contexts at least they are becoming what we can call a meta-discipline. By which I mean that in the public sphere, and not just the public sphere, people are often considered to be just “in the humanities” rather than in a particular discipline. This shift is happening concurrently both with increased pressures on the humanities and with an increased interest in their history. This paper offers some suggestions about how we might today understand the humanities as a meta-discipline, and what a theory of the humanities under this rubric might involve.


Simon During is a Professor in the Institute for the Advanced Studies of the Humanities at UQ. The author of several books, he is currently working on the relation between literature and religion.




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