The 6th World Humanities Forum 2020
Call for Papers
On behalf of the World Humanities Forum Organizing Committee, Korea, we
would like to draw your attention to this Call for Proposals – for Individual Papers as well as Panels - for the upcoming 6th World Humanities Forum (WHF) to be held November 19
to 21 (Thu to Sat) in the historic venue of Gyeongju, the former capital of the
Silla dynasty for over one thousand years.
The WHF started in 2011 co-hosted by UNESCO and
the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Education, and it is organized by the
National Research Foundation of Korea. Now in its 10th year and preparing for
the 6th Forum, the WHF strives to provide a place for human scientists, thinkers, writers, artists, activists, policy-makers, and
citizens to explore new visions for the 21st century using the range of
perspectives offered by the humanities. We seek to make the forum an excellent
opportunity to create “wisdom that matters,” where
the sharing of insights extends directly into our present day lives and beyond,
into a future we seek to create. At the same time, we hope researchers from
beyond the field of humanities will also participate, in the hopes of creating
new, mutually beneficial relationships outside of our
The main theme for the 6th World Humanities Forum is “The Humanities of Harmony: Striving towards Coexistence and Mutual
Prosperity” and it is accompanied by three sub-themes,
“Exchanges & Empathy,” “Conflict & Embrace,”
and “Sharing & Spreading,” briefly
elaborated below with keywords and ideas to help
develop your presentation.
Subtheme 1, “Exchanges & Empathy,” delves into the various kinds of interactions that take place across
cultural, regional, and disciplinary boundaries. Our
most careful attention will be paid to exchanges between civilizations and
empathetic dialogues between the East and the West in topics encompassing
language, literature, arts, philosophy and religion. The subtheme also includes discussions on the succession and interaction of
cultures, within and across civilizations, as well as the formation of cultural
heritages, static and dynamic, tangible and intangible.
2, “Conflict & Embrace,” provides space for a careful reflection on
the relationship between humans and nature, particularly in light of the
increasing damage that ever-developing human technology has been inflicting on
the environment. The theme also seeks to widen its perspective and conceive of
new and well thought out ways to create a harmonious
state of coevolution between humans, nature, and machines.
Subtheme 3, “Sharing & Spreading,” will specifically deal with a variety of emerging
topics, such as the advent of cultural hybridity, the new age of humanities in the presence of new media, prospects for a post-
(trans-) human age, and the possibility and sustainability of humanistic
reasoning therein. Our focus will be to highlight those aspects of the
humanities that represent its flourishing within the public, such as the development and promotion of promising contents like
K-contents and K-culture, as well as insights offered into the development of
the future of human cities as sites of mature living.
Proposal Submission Guideline
The 6th World Humanities Forum (“WHF")
is now accepting proposals for presentation. The conference will entertain
about 20 sessions, with five presentations in each session. Please be reminded
that presentations will be limited to one per person. You may submit your
proposals for the 6th WHF either individually or as a group (Panel):
(1) Individual Paper Proposal
Please submit your proposal by June 1st
using the Individual Paper Proposal Form on the WHF website www.worldhumanitiesforum.com. Please refer to the forum’s
theme and subthemes when filling out the Form. It may be written in either
English or Korean. You will need to provide your proposal description, between
600 to 750 words, and abstract between 200 to 250 words. It is fine for your
abstract to appear in your description, in part or whole. Your submission will
be reviewed by the forum’s board of reviewers. We will send a notification
letter by email by June 20. We will also put up a notice on our website.
(2) Panel Proposal
You can also form a Panel.
Please submit your Panel proposal by June 1st using the Panel
Proposal Form on the WHF website www.worldhumanitiesforum.com. The representative of the
Panel will need to provide the title of the Panel, a list of panelists, a
description or rationale for presenting the Panel and short abstracts of each
panelists’ paper. Panel proposals will be reviewed by a group of reviewers with
particular attention to its suitability to the forum. We will send a
notification letter to the email address you provided by June 20th. Once
selected, the representative will be required to send a final Panel proposal.
2. Final Submissions
All presenters should submit
the final version of their paper and abstract by Oct. 1st, 2020
(Thursday). Papers should be no more than 4,000 words and they will be printed
in the official Proceedings.
3. Language and Format
All presentations will be
delivered in English. Official ceremonies and key speeches of the forum will be
interpreted simultaneously from Korean to English. Interpretation is available
for any other language should the forum recognize that there are sufficient
grounds for it. Language adjustments may be called for to ensure a
smooth-running session. Each session will be comprised of one moderator and
five presenters and will run for a total of 90 minutes. Individual
presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. Please keep in mind that given the
limited amount of time, presenters will be asked to provide summarized accounts
of their paper.
4. The WHF cordially welcomes
all participants with complimentary accommodation offered by the forum.
Presenters traveling from overseas will be provided with flight tickets, hotel
accommodations, and meals during the forum in Gyeongju, Korea.
Please contact the forum
Secretariat Office for more questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or +82-53-770-5052.
We look forward to all of your
World Humanities Forum
Please find more details in attached files here. (The 6th World Humanities Forum Call for Papers.pdf)