Liège, from 6 to 12 August 2017
Liège will host the World Humanities Conference from Sunday, 6 to Saturday, 12 August 2017.
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Liège, from 6 to 12 August 2017
Co-organized by UNESCO, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (ICPHS) and LIEGETOGETHER.
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11 Aug 2017

A New Humanities Agenda for the 21st Century

World Humanities Conference - Liège, Belgium, 6-11 August 2017 Outcome Document A New Humanities Agenda for the 21st Century

11 Aug 2017

World Humanities Conference: a success today, a commitment for tomorrow

The World Humanities Conference completes its work in Liège on 11 August 2017: An occasion for the local organisers to draw up a positive first assessment of this world premiere that will resonate for a long time to come

09 Apr 2015

First working meeting

First working meeting at the Provincial Palace of Liege to establish the working methodology


Liege will host the World Humanities Conference from Sunday, the 6th to Saturday, the 12th August 2017. Co-organized by UNESCO, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) and the World Humanities Conference – Liège 2017 Foundation, this congress will gather about 1800 participants from all over the world working in the fields of science, politics, art and communication, as well as representatives of international, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The title of the conference is: - World Humanities Conference. Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition; - Conférence Mondiale des Humanités. Défis et responsabilités pour une planète en transition.

Until the Second World War, the Humanities were at the heart of both public debate and the political arena. In recent years, their role has faded and they have been marginalized. It is crucial to stop their marginalization, restore them and impose their presence in the public sphere as well as in public policies. It is not about demonstrating that the humanities are ‘useful’, but to determine their scope and how they can contribute to resolving the main challenges of the third millennium.

Anthem of Humanity

Prior to the World Humanities Conference of August 2017, the 2016 campaign “Debout Citoyen!” (Stand up, Citizen!) led to the creation of an anthem by Rhonny Ventat, a famous Liégeois composer, saxophonist and “Ambassador of the Province of Liege”, to induce human reflection.

Rhonny Ventat describes the progress of his work as follows:

"The peoples have always complied with their conditions or have stood up for their rights and their life quality. The anthem describes this process. At the heart of this work, before the great final “gathering” of the peoples, a quotation appears to the song “Valeureux Liégeois” expressing the obvious connection to the Liégeois identity and its culture that opens up to others… In the course of the anthem, the instruments gather together in that unifying whole without differences and without frontiers, hoped for ever since the beginning of human history."

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UNESCO wishes to revitalize the humanities through a global event where the most qualified representatives of the main disciplines will face the great challenges of our time.

The CIPSH, founded in 1949, is one of the non-governmental organizations established by UNESCO to assist it in its mission (like the ICOM, the ICOMOS, the ICSU, etc.). It comprises several scholarly federations:

- International Union of Academies (UAI) (= the international union of academies for humanities and social sciences); - International Union of History and Philosophy of Science / Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPS / DHST); - International Union of History and Philosophy of Science / Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPS / DLMPS); - International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR); - International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES); - International Union of Prehistoric and the Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP); - International Federation of Associations of Classical Studies (FIEC); - International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM); - International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP); - Permanent International Committee of Linguists (CIPL); - International Committee of Historical Sciences (CISH - ICHS); - International Committee for the History of Art (CIHA); - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS); - Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres (CHCI); - International Geographical Union ( IGU - UGI); - International Association of Aesthetics (IAA).

These disciplines are mainly represented in the Faculties of Philosophy and Letters (the "humanities" in the traditional sense, Geisteswissenschaften in German), but representatives of other Faculties (Social Sciences or Natural Sciences) can be integrated.

As the Local Organizing Committee recognized by UNESCO, the World Humanities Conference – Liège 2017 Foundation gathers the Province, the City and the University of Liege across the political spectrum.


The President of the World Humanities Conference is H.E. Adama Samassekou, former President of CIPSH, former Minister of Education of Mali, former Chairman of the African Academy of Languages, Chairman of the MAAYA network.

Honorary Committee

Président :

M. Paul-Emile Mottard, Député-Président du Collège provincial de Liège

Vice-Présidents :

M. Willy Demeyer, Bourgmestre de la Ville de Liège et M. Albert Corhay, Recteur de l’Université de Liège

Membres du Comité d’Honneur de la Fondation CMH – Liège 2017

International Programme Committee

It is co-chaired by:

- Professor CHAO Gejin (China), Chairman of CIPSH;

- Professor Jean WINAND, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Liege.

It includes 75 Belgian and foreign scholars (French-speaking and Dutch-speaking) chosen by the University of Liege, CIPSH and UNESCO. It will be responsible for selecting the keynote speakers, the forum subjects and the thematic sessions, the refereeing of the papers, the presidency and secretarial work of the sessions and workshops.

Members of the Programme Committee

World Humanities Conference Foundation

This Foundation associates the University of Liege, the City and the Province. It is chaired by Paul-Emile MOTTARD, Deputy-President of the Provincial College of Liege. The Vice-Presidents are the Rector of the University, Albert CORHAY, and the Mayor of the City, Willy DEMEYER. The Foundation is charged with the management of the financial, administrative, communicational and logistical aspects of the Conference. It is bound by convention to CIPSH and UNESCO.

The Foundation administrators are, for the Province of Liège, Mr Bernard Pourveur, Mr Jean-Pierre Burton and Mr Michel Coppé, for the City of Liège, Mr Jean-Marie Verdière and Mr Jean-Christophe Peterkenne, and for the University of Liège, Mr Albert Corhay and Mr Jean Winand.

General Secretariat

It is provided by Professor Robert Halleux, Member of the Institut de France and of the Royal Academy of Belgium assisted by a team of young scholars: Isadora Vandamme, Blanche El Gammal, Stany Mazurkiewicz and Jan Vandersmissen.

It provides daily management, preparation of documents and programmes and the organization of meetings.

Core Group

It assists and advises the General Secretariat and gathers a small group of experts coming from partner institutions and international scientific community: - President Adama Samassekou (Mali), former Président of the CIPSH ; - Professor CHAO Gejin (China), President of the CIPSH et Co-President of the Programme Committee : - Professor Luiz OOSTERBEEK, Secretary-General of the CIPSH; - Professor François DJINDJIAN, Vice-President of the CIPSH ; - Doctor John CROWLEY, representative of Mrs Nada Al-Nashif, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO ; - Mr Michel COPPÉ, representative of the Province of Liège; - Mr Jean-Christophe PETERKENNE, representative of the City of Liège; - Dean Jean WINAND, President of the International Programme Committee and representative of the University of Liège ; - le Professeur Robert HALLEUX, Secretary-General of the Conference ; - Doctor Michel ANDRÉ ; - Professor Rosi BRAIDOTTI ; - Professor Madeline CAVINESS - Doctor Jean-Luc DE PAEPE ; - Professor Satoko FUJIWARA ; - Professor Chantal GRELL ; - Doctor Lazare KI-ZERBO ; - Doctor Martial ZE BELINGA.


Dimanche 6 août

12:00-16:00 Registration 16:30-18:00 Opening session - Noppius auditorium - Update 18:15-19:00 Keynote address A.1 - Jean Winand, "What If We Abolish the Humanities ?" - Noppius auditorium - Update 19:00-21:00 Welcome reception

Lundi 7 août

09:00-10:30 P.IX Reports from the preparatory conferences - Noppius auditorium - Update 10:30-10:45 Coffee Break 10:45-11:45 A.3 Keynote address - Robert Kahn, "Capturing the Past in the Present: and Making it Accessible" - Noppius auditorium- Update 12:00-13:30 P.IV Plenary Sessions - Cultural Heritage - Moderator: Robert Halleux - Speakers: Lin Xiang Xiong, Silvana Colella, Frieda Steurs, Issa N'Diaye - Noppius auditorium- Update 13:30-14:30 Lunch & side events 14:30-16:00 C.1 Parallel sessions and symposia -I.3(1); VI.1; VI.3; VI.5; VI.16(1); VI.32; S.IV.9(1); S.VI.19(1) - Update 16:00-16:30 Coffee Break 16:30-18:00 P.III Plenary session - Borders and Migrations - Moderator: Madeline Caviness - Speakers: Akif Kirecci, Vladimir Kolossov, Lucia Mokrá, Tim Jensen - Noppius auditorium - Update 18:30-20:00 C.2 Parallel sessions and symposia - II.2; II.10; VI.2; VI.4; VI.7(1); VI.16(2); S.I.1; S.VI.14

Mardi 8 août

09:00-10:00 A.4 Keynote address - Tanella Boni, "A habitable world and the half of humanity" - Noppius auditorium - Update 10:00-10:15 Coffee Break 10:15-11:45 P.V Plenary session - History, Memory and Politics - Moderator: Laurent Tissot - Speakers: John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji, Mariët Westermann, Chris Carey - Noppius auditorium - Update 12:00-13:00 A.2 Keynote address - Paul Shrivastava, "Unifier les sciences avec les arts, les humanités et les savoirs traditionnels pour la durabilité dans l'Anthropocène" - Noppius auditorium - Update 13:00-14:30 Lunch & side events 14:30-16:00 C.3 Parallel sessions and symposia - I.3(2); II.3; III.2(1); IV.1(1); VI.6; VI.7(2); VI.8; S.VI.21 16:00-16:30 Coffee Break (+ posters presentation) 16:30-18:00 P.I Plenary session - Humans and the Environment - Moderator: Jean-Luc De Paepe - Speakers: Adrian Parr, Steven Hartman, François Djindjian - Discussant: Timothy Lloyd - Noppius auditorium - Update 18:30-20:00 C.4 Parallel sessions and symposia - III.2(2); IV.1(2); IV.2; V.3; VI.9(1); VI.11;III.4; S.I.2 - Update 20:00-22:00 Arts and Society evening event- Coffe Point and Lejeune room, Opera Complex - Update

Mercredi 9 août

09:00-10:30 C.5 Parallel sessions and symposia - I.4; II.4; IV.3; V.6; VI.12; VI.28; VI.29; VI.32 10:30-10:45 Coffee Break 11:00-13:00 P.VIII CIPSH plenary session - Noppius auditorium - Update 13:00-14:30 Lunch & side events 14:30-16:00 C.6 Parallel sessions and symposia - II.6; II. 9(1); III.3; V.4; VI.13; VI.18; VI.30;VI.33 16:00-16:30 Coffee Break 16:30-18:00 C.7 Parallel sessions and symposia - I.1(1); II.7; II. 9(2); IV.4; IV.6; V.5; VI.22;VI.27 18:30-20:00 C.8 Parallel sessions and symposia - I.1(2); V.8; VI.14; VI.20; VI.25; VI.34; S.V.11; S.VI.19(2) 21:00-22:15 Concert of Logothetis - Salle Académique, site du XX août

Jeudi 10 août

09:00-10:00 C.9 Parallel sessions : Individual Papers - S.II.6; S.II.4 (1); S.III.8; S.VI.15; S.VI.16; S.VI.17; S.VI.20 10:00-10:15 Coffee Break 10:15-11:15 A.5 Keynote address - Souleymane Bachir Diagne, "La philosophie face aux tribalismes et à l’environnement" - Noppius auditorium 11:30-13:00 P.II Plenary session - Cultural Diversity - Moderator: Adama Samassekou - Speakers: Margaret Higonnet, Sandra Almeida, Bahjat Rizk - Noppius auditorium 13:00-14:30 Lunch & side events 14:30-16:00 C.10 Parallel sessions - I.5(1); II.5; V.7; III.5(1); VI.15; VI.19; VI.26; VI.31;VI.36(1) 16:00-16:30 Coffee Break (+ posters presentation) 16:30-18:00 C.11 Parallel sessions - I.2; I.5(2); II.8; III.5(2); IV.5; VI.21(1); VI.23; VI.36(2); VI.39 18:30-20:00 C.12 Parallel sessions - I.5(3); II.11; III.5(3); V.9; VI.10; VI.17; VI.21(2); VI.24; ; S.VI.22 14:30-20:00 ESGRREW Symposium

Vendredi 11 août

09:00-10:00 C.13 Parallel sessions : Individual Papers - S.I.3; S.II.4(2); S.IV.9 (2); S.IV.10; S.V.12; S.VI.18 10:00-10:15 Coffee Break 10:15-11:15 A.6 Keynote address - Kumie Inose, "The Role of Humanities in a World Full of Violence" - Noppius auditorium - Update 11:30-13:00 P.VI Plenary Session - New Contexts for the Humanities - Moderator: Hsiung Ping-Chen - Speakers: Rosi Braidotti, Kirsten Drotner, Andersen Øivind, Renaldas Gudauskas - Noppius auditorium - Update 13:00-14:30 Lunch & side events - Special event "Library Without Borders (EN/FR)" 13:45-14:20 - Noppius auditorium 14:30-16:00 P.VII High Level Panel (EN/FR) - Moderator: Nada Al Nashif - Panels: Khalil Karam, Oumar Keïta, Lionel Veer - Update 16:00-16:30 Coffee Break 16:30-17:30 Hervé Hasquin, "What Humanism and What Secularism for the State in the Twenty-First Century?" (TBC) - Noppius auditorium - Update 17:30-18:15 Closing session followed by press conference 19:00-23:00 Closing Reception & Cultural Performances - Noppius auditorium

Cultural and artistic agenda

Exhibition of Marten Berkman - Salle 4/9, site du XX août - Update Exhibition Mémoire de l'Avenir - Salle Philo II, site du XX août

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Complexe Opéra - Place de la République Française, 41 - 4000 Liège
Rooms : Noppius, Lejeune, Bovy, Thiry, Pousseur

Site du XX août - Place du XX août - 4000 Liège
Rooms : Prestige, Gothot, Professeurs, Philo II, Lumière

Interactive map for complexe Opéra and site du XX août !


Session 1. Environmental Anthropology, Interpretation and Creativity

Session 2. History of the Natural Environment and Climate

Session 3. Humans and the Environment: Adaptations and Modifications

Session 4. Humans and the Environment in the Industrial Era

Session 5. The Humanities in Environmental Management

Session 6.Environment, Societies and Values


Session 1. Interdisciplinary Approach to Cultural Identity and its Components

Session 2. Cultural Identity and Diversity in Dynamic Perspective

Session 3. Internal Analysis of Interculturalism

Session 4. Dynamic Analysis of Interculturalism

Session 5. Roads of Dialogue, Paths of Knowledge and Cultural Routes


Session 1. Conceptual Analysis

Session 2. Borderscape: Borders as Organization of Space: Tracing and Marking

Session 3. The Dynamics of International Migration

Session 4. Migration, Culture and Values


Session 1. Regarding the Notion of Heritage

Session 2. Threats to Tangible Heritage

Session 3. Threats to Intangible Heritage

Session 4. New Patrimonialisations

Session 5. Heritage Reclaimed


Session 1. Epistemological Perspectives

Session 2. The Work of the Historian in its Political Context

Session 3. Commemorations, Celebrations and Remembrance

Session 4. From Eurocentric History to Multipolar History

Session 5. Collective Memory and the Consequences of War


Session 1. Surveys on the Evolution of the Humanities

Session 2. Digital Worlds

Session 3. The New Research Landscape

Session 4. Old Texts, New approaches

Session 5. Publication and Assessment

Session 6. The Humanities, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Social Sciences

Session 7. Humanities, Education and Culture

Session 8. Gender Studies

Concluding Session

Rebuilding the Humanities, Rebuilding Humanism


Registration fees

Do you want to attend the WHC?

  • Students, carers and auditors: €25 (including conference documents).

Attendees facing financial hardship due to their personal situation or the socio-economic conditions in their country should contact the .

Do you want to speak at the WHC?

You have agreed on a presentation with the WHC General Secretariat. Register now :

  • “Speakers” rate (full price): €100 (including conference documents, coffee breaks and receptions).
  • “Speakers” rate (PhD students and retirees): €50 (including conference documents, coffee breaks and receptions).

Speakers facing financial hardship due to their personal situation or the socio-economic conditions in their country should contact the .

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Cultural and Touristic Program

Are you a speaker or planning to attend the full programme but want something to do in the evening?

Are you bringing guests with you and want something to fill their time?

Do you want to explore the region with a guided tour?

Then these group excursions are exactly what you’re looking for!

Explore the exceptional attractions of the Province of Liège and the heart of Europe:

  • Visit the fiery City, its historical heart, its Museum of Walloon Life and Brewery C (Curtius) with beer tasting ...
  • Travel to the origins of chocolate in the heart of the DARCIS Museum and discover the Abbey of Val-Dieu.
  • Discover the castle life in Modave and the smallest town in the world Durbuy, a small stone town, preserved from time.
  • Enjoy a day of shopping in Maastricht!

Do you want to explore the city on your own?

Liège and its multi-faceted province have a wide range of tourist attractions to suit all tastes.

While you’re here, you can also enjoy the famous festivities on 15 August – the date when the Ardent City’s festival culminates. The celebrations include a flea market, puppet show, folk dancing, a procession, mass in the Walloon dialect, the “tirs de campes” firecracker event, a fanfare and giant parade, popular games, concerts and many other forms of entertainment. For more information, go to:

Repas du midi et du soir

A tous les congressistes de la Conférence mondiale des humanités porteurs du badge de l’événement :

  • Le Petit Carré : friterie, burgers maison, boulets maison, sandwichs chauds - Rue des Célestine 18 à 4000 Liège - Ouvert 7j/7 de 18h à 22h30. Le Petit Carré vous offre 10% de remise à la carte.
  • Touch and go : pitas et salades - Rue des Carmes 15, 4000 Liège - Ouvert du lundi au samedi de 12h à 14h30 et de 18h30 à 22h30. Touch and go vous offre le dessert.
  • Sucré salé : sandwicherie - Place de la République française 32 (Galerie Opéra), 4000 Liège - Ouvert du lundi au samedi de 10h à 18h30. Sucré salé vous propose les formules suivantes : panini ou pâtes + soft à 5€, sandwich + soft à 3,5€ ou 4€ selon la garniture choisie.
  • Quick de Belle-île : restauration rapide - Quai des Vennes 1 à 4020 Liège, ouvert du lundi au samedi de 9h à 22h et le dimanche de 11h à 22h. Le Quick vous propose le menu Maxi Giant à 6,50€.
  • Quick Frankignoul : restauration rapide - Boulevard Poincaré 101 à 4020 Liège, ouvert du lundi au jeudi de 10h30 à 23h, le vendredi et le samedi de 10h30 à minuit et le dimanche de 10h30 à 23h. Le Quick vous propose le menu Maxi Giant à 6,50€.


Discover a selection of hotels, holiday lets, B&Bs, and student halls and hostels near Liège city centre.

Each and every accommodation provider will do everything possible to ensure you have a pleasant stay.

These accommodation options are suited to all budgets, are located in the city centre or the suburbs, and are relatively easy to access.

While you’re here, you can also enjoy the famous festivities on 15 August – the date when the Ardent City’s festival, which commences well beforehand, culminates. The celebrations include a flea market, puppet show, folk dancing, a procession, mass in the Walloon dialect, the “tirs de campes” firecracker event, a fanfare and giant parade, popular games, concerts and many other forms of entertainment. For more information, go to :

Online Registration


Brussels Airlines is proud to be the official airline carrier for the 1st World Humanities Conference, granting a 10% discount on flights for attendees and accompanying persons, applicable in both Business and Economy class rates. This offer is valid from Europe, Russia, Tel Aviv & Africa to Brussels or vice versa.

Book until August 6, 2017 and travel between July 30 and August 19, 2017.


Read the Outcome Document of the World Humanities Conference adopted by acclamation by its participants the 11 August 2017.


Accréditations presse

L’accréditation est indispensable afin de pouvoir accéder à l’ensemble des événements et locaux.

Les médias intéressés peuvent adresser une demande à

Une permanence générale d’accueil est organisée toute la semaine dans les locaux de l’Université de Liège, Place du XX août, dès le dimanche 6 août à 12h.


Les accréditations presse y seront disponibles dimanche 6 août de 12h à 15h.


Vous pouvez également nous contacter au numéro suivant pour un arrangement direct durant toute la durée de l’événement: + (GSM Jean-Marc Croughs, Service Presse Province de Liège).

Des conférenciers se tiendront à la disposition des médias pour des interviews.

Madame Nada Al-Nashif, Sous-Directrice générale pour les sciences sociales et humaines, sera disponible les dimanche 6, lundi 7 et vendredi 11/8.


Cérémonie d’ouverture


La cérémonie d’ouverture est programmée le dimanche 6 août à 16h30 (accueil à 16h) dans la salle Noppius de l’Université de Liège (Complexe Opéra).

Présentée par Hadja Lahbib, journaliste-présentatrice du JT de la RTBF, cette cérémonie inclura des interventions de représentants de l’UNESCO, du CIPSH et de la CMH ainsi que des prestations artistiques.

Elle sera suivie à 18h20 par la conférence de Jean WINAND « Faut-il supprimer les humanités ? ».


Des directs sur TV5 et sur Facebook


TV5 Monde sera présente à Liège à l’occasion de la Conférence Mondiale des Humanités et assurera notamment deux duplex dans son journal télévisé quotidien à 18h, les mardi 8 et vendredi 11 août. L’occasion pour Paul Germain, rédacteur en chef de TV5 Monde et ancien présentateur du JT de la RTBF, de retrouver ses racines belges.

D’autre part, la page Facebook dédiée à l’événement (CMHLiege2017) diffusera en direct des interviews et autres capsules vidéos les dimanche 6 août (16h-21h30), lundi 7 août (10h-12h) et vendredi 11 août (11h-22h).


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