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Youth Forum on The Future of the Humanities

The Youth Forum on the Future of the Humanities is a Forum gathering young and/or early career researchers from all across Europe aiming to define a set of ideas and recommendations that the young generations feel relevant and urgent in the field of the Humanities in the decades to come. Its final outcome is a report to be presented in the European Humanities Conference 2021.

11h00-12h30: Opening (Public Session) – No Future Without the Humanities

Chair: Ana Cristina Falcato (IFILNOVA, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

11h00-11h10: Telmo Pereira (Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa / Instituto Politécnico de Tomar / UNIARQ, Universidade de Lisboa) – Welcome and Introduction

11h10-11h35: Helena Freitas (Centre for Functional Ecology, University of Coimbra) – An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Global Environmental Crisis

11h35-12h00: Viriato Soromenho-Marques (CFUL, University of Lisbon) – The Task of the Humanities in the Epoch of Global Environment & Climate Crisis

12h00-12h30: Q&A

 12h30-14h00: Lunch Break

 14h00-16h00: Meeting with the Young Researchers participating in the Forum

(Restricted Session)

Welcome: Leonor de Medeiros (CHAM and DH, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

Discussion and approval of the Youth Forum Report: Humanities for the Future: a

New European Agenda

The report will be publicly presented in two sessions of EHC 2021:

In the opening ceremony, 5 May, 9h00 GMT (10h00 CET) (Executive Summary)

In a closing plenary session, 7 may, 13h00 GMT (14h00 CET) (Full Report)

Organizing Committee

Ana Cristina Falcato (IFILNOVA, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Gonçalo Marcelo (CECH, Universidade de Coimbra / Católica Porto Business School)

Leonor de Medeiros (CHAM and DH, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

Raimundo Henriques (CFUL, Universidade de Lisboa)

Telmo Pereira (Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa / Instituto Politécnico de Tomar / UNIARQ, Universidade de Lisboa)


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9.00 - Opening ceremony

Manuel Heitor, Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education

Hsiung Ping-Chen, Professor of History, Chinese University of Hong-Kong; Secretary-General of CIPSH

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic

 9.40 - Introductory session

Helena Pereira, President of FCT

Gabriela Ramos, ADG UNESCO

Luiz Oosterbeek, President of CIPSH

Daya Reddy- President of the International Science Council

Sandra Almeida – President of the South America Humanities Conference

Darina Saliba Abi Chedid – Director of the Byblos International Centre of HS

Samuel Lieu – President of the International Union of Academies

Edward Cheng – Vice-President of Tencent

João Coroado – President of IPT

Guilherme D’Oliveira Martins - Gulbenkian Foundation

Rosi Braidotti,- The World Humanities Report in Europe

John Crowley, Autonomy of the Humanities report

Gonçalo Marcelo, Youth Forum report

11.00 - Session Traditional cultures and language diversity

12.00 - Serenella Iovino, Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Romance Studies Department

12.30 - Karen O’Brian, Professor of Sociology and Geography at the University of Oslo

13.00 - Break

14.00 - Round-table The Humanities in the 21st Century

15.30 - Inês Câmara, Director of “Mapa das Ideias”. Board Member Culture Action Europe

16.00 - Florin-Gheorghe Fodorean, Director of the Institute of Classical Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University

16.30 - Round-table Heritage, mobility and identities

18.00 - Pause

18.10 - Public lecture - António Damasio, David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience, Professor of Psychology, Philosophy and Neurology; Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California

18.40 - Concert

Concerto da Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa (projeção do concerto gravado no Centro Cultural de Belém, no dia 2 de maio de 2021)

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - Auditório 3 & transmissão na plataforma da Conferência Europeia das Humanidades

Programa :

JOLY BRAGA SANTOS – Divertimento nº 1, op. 32  

LUÍS TINOCO – “From the Depth of Distance”  

FERNANDO LOPES-GRAÇA – Sinfonieta em homenagem a Haydn

RAFAEL DÍAZ– Faro de Última Esperanza

(duração: cerca de 1.15h)



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  9.00 - Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations

  9.30 - Winnie Soon, Professor in the Department of Digital Design at Aarhus University

10.00 - Round-table Influence and impact of the Humanities in society

11.30 - Session Introducing the Network of European Humanities (NEH21)

12.00 - Session Humanities and technology

13.00 - Session The Slave Route programme

13.30 - Break

14.00 - Session Gender and Science

14.30 - Session General History of Africa

15.30 - Tariq Modood, Director of the Bristol University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

16.00 - François Djindjian, Professor University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne; UISPP

16.30 - Round-table Migration and Diversity

18.00 - Pause

18.10 - Public lecture - Rauna Kuokkanen, Professor of Arctic Indigenous Studies at the University of Lapland

18.40 - Music and Conversation, an evening with the artists of the HAS exhibition

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  9.00 - Jane Ohlmeyer, Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin

  9.30 - Josep Villalta, Director of Global University Network for innovation

10.00 - Round-table Multidisciplinary Dynamics as Education and R&D strategies for meaningful problem solving

11.30 - Session Introducing BRIDGES: a Humanities-led sustainability science coalition

12:00 - Mariya Gabriel, European COMMISSIONER for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

12.10 - Session Global History of Humankind project

13.00 - Young researchers Forum – concluding remarks and debate - This session has move to 16h30

13.30 - Break

14.00 - James Pawelski, Professor of practice and director of education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania

14.30 - Frédéric Worms, Professor of Philosophy, École Normale Supérieure de Paris

15.00 - Round-table Health and Humanities

17.00 - Closing session

18.00 - Pause

18.10 - Public lecture – Marina Warner, Writer; Professor of English & Creative Writing, University of London

18.40 - Live Concert

Concerto de Guitarra Portuguesa (ao vivo) Auditório 2,  Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Transmissão direta na plataforma da Conferência Europeia das Humanidades

Joana Esparteiro (Produção)

Pedro Castro (direcção musical)


Rapsódia em Lá Menor - Francisco Carvalhinho

Guitarra Triste e Corridinho Farense - Domingos Camarinha

Vira de Frielas - José Nunes

Variações em Lá - Artur Paredes

La Partida (Valsa Venezuelana) - Carlos Bonnet

Fado Menor e Variações em Ré - Tradicional / Fontes Rocha

Meditando e Variações em Mi sobre o Fado Lopes - Armando Freire


Guitarra  Portuguesa - Pedro de Castro        

Guitarra Portuguesa  - Luís Guerreiro  

Guitarra Portuguesa  - Gaspar Varela

Viola de Fado - André Ramos

Viola Baixo - Francisco Gaspar