This workshop is addressed to the Phd Students, Phd Doctors (maximum two years within dissertation), and Postgraduate Students. The committee will evaluate abstracts for oral presentations regarding the following areas:

Area 1: Theoretical Framework and Methodology in Human Science

Possessing a methodological system apt for the record of human evidence is fundamental for every researcher in Humanities. The methodological apparatus guides the scholar by means of definitions and proceeds following the different questions about theoretical and systemic perspectives - although they can be sometimes controversial - in which we can found the object of our investigation. What are the criteria that guides the processes of interpretation, classification, inference and production of the knowledge and of the discovery?

Keywords (area 1): Methods and Theory of Humanistic Science; New Perspectives and Approaches; Archaeology of Human Science; History of Ideas.

Area 2: Fragments and layers

Research in Humanities often starts from fragments: they can be represented as either single phenomenon or in connection (as layers, structures, landscapes, texts). In a synchronic as well as in a diachronic perspective, the comprehension of the fragment in its context is essential for the study and narration of the human expression.

Keywords (area 2): Fragments, layers, context, landscape.

Area 3: Hybridization

By means of the social phenomenon described as contact, cultures tend to hybridize and assume new configurations: it is not about abandoning one element for the other, but it is rather a form of coexistence and transformation of the two original elements into a new entity, which will become unique and enriched by this contamination.

Keywords (area 3): Hybridization, contact, contamination, evolution

Area 4: Ambivalence

The idea of ambivalence can be found in many branches of cultural studies. It may be found when interpreting the meaning of a word in the field of linguistics, when choosing between textual variants in textual criticism, when deciding which portion of land to excavate in archeological research, when analyzing the “Doppelgaenger” topic popping up in fiction, philosophy, iconography and sculpture. The question it is the same: which option is to be chosen, which explanatory strategy is to be favoured? Ambivalent are psychological impulses, etic values and cultural characteristics observed in a society, a folk, a historical period.

Keywords (area 4): Ambivalence, hermeneutics, textual variants, Doppelgaenger, cultural dialogue.

Abstract guidelines:

  • Abstracts should be a maximum of 450 words (excluding references, examples, tables, keywords, etc.) and must have 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins on all sides, and be set in Times New Roman with a 12pt font.
  • Admitted languages: Italian and English.
  • Submissions are limited to two per author (at most one paper being single-authored).
  • The submission must be anonymous and not reveal the identity of the author(s) in any way.

Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail as a word attachment to the following address:

Please, name your word file (DOWNLOAD HERE) with the first author’s surname (e.g., rossi.doc), use “Humanistic Conference Abstract” in the Subject header and include the information in 1-6, which should constitute the body of the message. Please, specify to which thematic area you want your abstract to be submitted.

  1. Name(s) of author(s)
  2. Affiliation(s) (University and Doctoral Course)
  3. Title of talk
  4. Topic
  5. Thematic Area
  6. E-mail address(es)