Historians Dipesh Chakrabarty and Alison Winter will speak on November 10 at a symposium, "Humanities Research: The Future of an Idea," to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Humanities scholarship has long claimed a special place in research universities such as the University of Chicago, but it is a difficult concept. It has been recognized as "scientific" in some understandings of the term (for example, as an original contribution to knowledge) but not in the narrower sense that applies to, say, physics or biology. Problems of norms and definitions have, accordingly, figured into this central idea in higher education. New challenges and opportunities seem to call for renewed attention to what is meant by humanities research.

Chakrabarty and Winter will consider the relationship of humanities scholarship and scientific research as a subject of ongoing change in future years. Other speakers will address the integration of the practicing arts into academic disciplines (Bill Brown and Christine Mehring) and trends toward making the humanities more publicly oriented (Patrick Jagoda and Jacqueline Stewart).

Tuesday, November 10, 4–6 PM, in the Regenstein Library, JRL 122A-B, 1100 East 57th Street. A reception will follow at the Franke Institute in JRL S-118.

RSVP by November 6th: franke-humanities@uchicago.edu

For more information, please contact the Franke Institute at (773) 702-8274.

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