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Second International Conference
“Reinvestigating the Notion of Humanity in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences”
June, 1st – 3rd 2017
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 March 2017
Notifications of acceptance: 1 April 2017
Deadline for submitting full papers: 1 October 2017

The Centre for Culture and Cultural Studies, Skopje, Macedonia and Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade, Serbia organize The Second International Conference “Reinvestigating the Notion of Humanity in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences”.

The Second International Conference “(Re)investigating the Notion of Humanity in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences” is an engaging platform for the presentations of new advances and research results in the wide variety of scientific areas. The human condition and the totality of the human experience have been challenged by the necessity to rethink its very existence or to imagine the new forms of its shared future. We live in a time of constant threat of a global war, environmental pollution and destruction, persistent violation of the basic human rights, and diverse practices of exclusion, marginalization of the human other which led to a re-evaluation of the notions such as humanism and humanity, and paved way for new hopes and anxieties relating to the subhuman and the post-human. Moreover, the shifting concept of humanity in contemporary times addresses the need to reconsider the binary opposition between humanity and inhumanity, dialectic of ‘human’ and ‘animal’ as a shape our identities, culture and morality and draw attention to show how nonhuman entities act and shape our world. The approaches to the nonhuman have included such diverse fields as actor-network theory, affect theory, animal studies, assemblage theory, new media theory, new materialism, speculative and object-oriented realism and systems theory. Additionally, we invite contributors to critically revaluate the cultural, political, ethical, linguistic systems of present day societies and communities to come. In order to understand the world from multiple, heterogeneous perspectives, one must probe the existing representations and offer the possible reinterpretations of nonhuman agencies, aesthetics, and assemblages. Contemporary (re)definitions of the human and humanity enforce the dynamic interplay of humanity and technology and challenge their limitations.

As well as traditional academic style presentations, we also welcome creative submissions across all genres and forms, from independent scholars, cultural workers and artists. 

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

✲ Humanity and Animality
✲ The Nonhuman
✲ Human Rights and Humanity
✲ Posthuman turn
✲ Transhumanism
✲ Representation of Human and Humanity in Art and Media
✲ Eco criticism: The Connection between Humanity and the Planet 
✲ Contemporary Cultural Utopias and Humanity 

For more information on conference topics please click here.

Paper proposals

For individual paper proposals, please fill out the submission form (if you have problems filling the form, please download offline form in MS WORD format)
Submissions for individual paper proposals should number to 250 words.

Panel proposals

Panel proposals are also welcomed, particularly those organized by internationally recognized experts aiming to bring together researchers on key topics for an interactive discussion among the panel members and the participants. For panel proposals, please fill out the submission form (if you have problems filling the form, please download offline form in MS WORD format)
Submissions for panel proposals should include a 250-word abstract, for entire panel, and 250-word abstract for each presentation.

Important Dates and Fees

Deadline for abstracts submission: 15 March 2017
Notifications of acceptance: 1 April 2017
Deadline for full paper submission: 1 October 2017

Registration and Fees:

Early registration (till 1 May 2017): € 120 / € 90 PhD students
Late registration (till 25 May 2017): € 150 / € 120 PhD students
On-site registration: € 150 / € 120 PhD students

The registration fee includes: conference materials, an online publication of the abstracts, three meals and refreshment breaks. All papers will be subject to peer-review. Full papers that have received a positive review will be published in online journal “Investigating Culture”. Selected papers will be published in the journals “Култура/Culture” or “Belgrade Journal of Media and Communications”.

Official languages of Conference are English, Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, and Serbian.

The Conference will be held on 1-3 June, 2017 in Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia.

For any further information please contact reinvestigating@cultcenter.net.