CfH Activities 2017-2019

The main focus for the 2017-2019 CfH programme is the societal impact of the humanities.

In the first half of 2017, the CfH organised two Faculty debates, one on Citizen Science and the other on the societal impact of humanities research.

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CfH debate on Citizen Science

In early 2017, the first debate on Citizen Science took place in University Hall. Citizen Science is a relatively new yet rapidly growing way of practising science, in which researchers appeal to the public for their projects, asking them to contribute in ways varying from digitising archives to collecting street poetry. During the debate, Citizen Science was discussed, as well as the issues facing academics involved in such projects. Questions raised included what use Citizen Science has and what its pros and cons are. The debate began with a keynote address by Prof. Tine de Moor. She gave a general introduction on the opportunities that Citizen Science offers for humanities research and addressed some practical and ethical problems. In addition, five panellists reflected on Citizen Science from different perspectives. The debate was moderated by Prof. José van Dijck (Distinguished Professor). The panel comprised:

  • Prof. Jos Bazelmans, anthropologist and head of Archaeology with the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE).
  • Petra Schoenmaker, 'Citizen' participant in the 'Ja-Ik-Wil! project (Yes I Do! project).
  • Frank Kresin, Managing Director of the DesignLab, University of Twente, who is closely involved with the themes Digital Social Innovation, Citizen Science, Future Internet and Open Data. View presentation
  • Kila van der Starre MA, comparative literature scholar and poetry critic. She is researching 'poetry outside the book', including poetry on stage, on the internet, on bodies, on utensils and objects, and in public space.
  • Liesbeth Gijsel, science journalist and driving force behind the Citizen Science-platform called Iedereen Wetenschapper (Everyone a Scientist).

CfH debate on the societal impact of humanities research

Keynote speaker Prof. David Price, UCL Vice-Provost, talked about the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the UK, in which the assessment of the social impact of research plays an important part. His presentation is available here. In addition, five panellists reflected on Citizen Science from different perspectives. The debate was moderated by Prof. Peter Schrijver (Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities). The panel comprised:

CfH Visiting Fellows 2017-2018

In collaboration with the research institutes, the CfH has a Visiting Fellows programme. Fellows are involved in a wide range of activities, including teaching, giving research seminars, organising expert meetings, giving master classes and giving public lectures for a broad audience. For information about the CfH Visiting Fellows in 2017 and the Fellows selected for 2018, read more here.

CfH participation in global networks: ECHIC and CHCI

The CfH is one of the founding members of ECHIC, the European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres. This spring, the ECHIC conference ‘inside/OUT: A European Conference for the Humanities 2017’ was held in Edinburgh. The CfH is also a member of CHCI, the global network of Humanities Centers.

Intercultural Communication anniversary meeting

To celebrate the 12½-year anniversary of the Master's programme in Intercultural Communication, an academic conference was held on the theme 'Challenging Linguistic and Cultural Diversity'. In addition, there was an open day entitled 'Celebrating the Richness of Intercultural Communication' for scholars, alumni and the public. The open day programme was drawn up in collaboration with the CfH. You can read more about the meetings here, only in Dutch.