Forum Overview

The 5th World Humanities Forum
Date.
31 October - 2 November 2018
Host.
Ministry of Education (MoE) of Korea, UNESCO
Organizer.
National Research Foundation of Korea
Venue.
F1963 & Kiswire Center, Busan, South Korea
Main Theme.
The Human Image in a Changing World
The Human Image in a Changing World

The theme for the 5th World Humanities Forum is “The Human Image in a Changing World.” The very purpose of humanities research is to study humans, but the image of humans however, has gone through on-going changes not only throughout different time periods but also according to the various local situations. Therefore it is important that we primarily capture human images and then document the characteristics of the human images from past to present in various academic and ordinary lives.

The theme of “The Human Image in a Changing World” seeks to examine the imbrications of human images across time and space, in order to redefine the ways in which humanities have been envisioned, particularly to visualize the various ways in which humanities engage with the cultural processes in the past, present, and future. Literature, visual arts, and new media have always taken the leading and guiding role in representing the human image as imagined and understood by the public. Historians have frequently been at the forefront of analyzing the dynamics of differences in human images in the continuum of time. Philosophers have generated profound yet varying discourses on how human images have been thought differently in terms of a philosophical relationship with nature, gender, and bodies. The emergence of the robotic industry and artificial intelligence demands investigation in order to recognize the human image, especially in the 21st century. Above all, it is crucial to discover human images as they are, and reflect them thoughtfully from various insights.

All humanities research, in its essence, explores human images that have evolved over time. It is the fundamental premise of our humanities research to understand the changing human images of today. We hope to explore and share distinctive human images, and hence develop new directions of humanities research for future generations.