The Role of the Humanities in Higher Education

 “The Role of the Humanities in Higher Education”

Conference Rome (virtual) 22-23-25, July 2022

International University for Peace (UPEACE), Rome, Italy

This virtual event brings together academic teachers, researchers, postgraduates, practitioners, and global stakeholders to discuss the place of the Humanities in HE. The conference has a broad intended audience, including people from HE, government, non-governmental organisations, and the wider general public.

We welcome theoretically and empirically interdisciplinary paper- and panel-proposals from cultural studies, digital humanities, history, international human rights, language and literatures, material culture, philosophy and religion to address the wide range of issues concerning the role of the Humanities in HE. The expected length of individual papers is 20 minutes (with 10 minutes for questions and discussion). Deadline for submissions of proposals is 28th February 2022.

Please submit your proposal in English, French, Italian or Spanish.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the conference, though based at the International University for Peace (UPEACE) in Rome, will be conducted virtually (on-line) through ZOOM. Registration will enable participation, presentation and eventual publication regardless of physical presence.

We are pleased to confirm the titles of our Keynote papers:

‘The Importance of the Academic Study of Religion’
Prof Carole M. CusackProfessor of Religious Studies and Historian in Religion, University of Sidney, Australia

‘The Impact of Humanities Subjects on Student Success’
Towella Ngambi, CPyschol, SFHEA, QTLS, Principal Lecturer, The Institute of Foundation, Arden University, UK

‘Descending from the Ivory Tower – Engaged Scholarship in the Study of Religion
Dr George D. ChryssidesBritish Academic and Researcher in New Religious MovementsYork St John University and University of Birmingham, UK

‘Climate Change and Human Rights’ (Diritti Umani e Cambiamento Climatico)
Prof Paolo IafrateProfessor of Human Rights, Immigration and Cooperation, University Tor Vergata and UPEACERome

‘Peace and Human Rights: History and Philosophy of the Common Law’ (Pace e Diritti Umani: Storia e Filosofia della Common Law)
Prof Francesco Da Riva Grechi,
Professor of Comparative Law and Commercial Law, Link Campus University and E-Campus University, Rome

The following are some possible conference questions:

  • What is the ongoing role of the Humanities in today’s global political climate?
  • How might the Humanities enhance and refine our responses to climate change?
  • What possibilities and difficulties do the Humanities provide in HE?
  • Are traditional humanist values of free speech and critical thinking being redefined? If so, how and by whom?
  • With global internet and social media, how is freedom of speech defined and protected (and again, by whom)?
  • What internal and external mechanisms support or constrain the advancement of the Humanities in HE, nation-state governments and international NGOs?
  • What are the similarities and differences between the Humanities and STEM disciplines?
  • How can the Humanities be made central to disciplines such as Business, Computer Science, Data Analysis, Law, Criminology, Psychology, and STEM?


Conference Plenary/Introduction Friday 22nd July 2022

Conference Paper presentations Saturday 23rd July 2022

Conference Plenary/Publishing Seminar Monday 25th July 2022.

Deadline for proposal submission: 28 February 2022 (abstracts of 250-300 words)

Acceptance confirmation:  31 March 2022

Abstracts should be sent to the organiser:

Dr Marzia A. Coltri

Programme Chairs and Organisers:

  • Marzia A. Coltri, PhD, Arden University, UK
  • Wannette Van Eg Dom- Tuinstra, PhD, Arden University and Open University, UK
  • Enea Franza, CONSOB and International University for Peace (UPEACE), Rome, Italy
  • Dion C. Smythe, PhD, Independent Scholar, UK

We intend to publish the results of the conference as a volume of conference proceedings and an edited volume for educational purposes.