Metaphors and Myths

crisis   |   Humanities   |   Sciences   |   Van Leer Campus
Monday ,24 April, 2017 , 11:00 to 12:30

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Meeting Points Between The Humanities and the Sciences

A Monthly Colloquium for the Van Leer Campus

Much has been written and said about the “crisis of the humanities.” It is time to move beyond a sense of crisis and discuss new venues that may allow the humanities to overcome its current impasse.

One such venue concerns the meeting points of the humanities and sciences:  Since the Renaissance, and in an accelerated fashion since the eighteenth century, a growing divide has constructed the human sciences as a contrast to the natural sciences in university campuses, as well as in the very thought of what science is. Today, universities face the challenge of finding ways to bridge the gulf between the “two cultures” or to suffer from a loss on both ends.

One possible future, envisaged by some, is that the humanities become more like the natural sciences. However, there is another possibility, which does not reduce either the practice or telos of the humanities to that of the sciences. This is to recognise that, while the sciences may inform the humanities, the reverse is also true. In this suggested series of seminars, we will explore some of the meeting points between the humanities and the sciences: places where the normative, historical, linguistic, political, and even religious can transform scientific understanding and, conversely, where science, maths, psychology, sociology and technology can make significant contributions to the humanities.

At each session, two researchers will select a paper that will be the basis of the discussion and give a short presentation on the reading. All participants will be expected to have read the paper in advance.

VLJI staff, Polonsky Academy Fellows and Library Fellows are invited and encouraged to participate. The meetings will also be open to a selected group of invited guests.

For further information: Edo Litmanovitch,