Department of Music

New Directions in the Humanities
Prato, July 2004

Monash University Centre, Prato (near Florence), Tuscany, Italy,
20-23 July 2004

The Conference aims to develop an agenda for the humanities in an era
otherwise dominated by scientific, technical and economic rationalisms.
What is the role of the humanities in thinking the shape of the future and
the human? Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Communication, English,
Fine Arts, Geography, Government, History, Journalism, Languages,
Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology or
Religion - these are just some of the many disciplines represented at the
Humanities Conference. The focus of papers ranges from the finely grained
and empirical to the expansive and theoretical. Held at the University of
the Aegean in Rhodes, the First International Conference on New Directions
in the Humanities in July 2003, attracted 500 scholars from 15 countries.

The conference this year is being hosted by the Monash University Centre
in Prato and the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements, in
association with the Globalism Institute at RMIT, Melbourne. The Centre is
located in the eighteenth century Palazzo Vaj in the historic centre of
Prato - 30 minutes by train from Florence, and 15 minutes from the
Florence International Airport.

The conference will include major keynote presentations by internationally
renowned speakers and numerous small-group workshop and paper presentation
sessions. Participants are also welcome to submit presentation proposals,
either as 30 minute papers, 60 minute workshops or jointly presented 90
minute colloquium sessions. Presenters may choose to submit written papers
for publication before or after the conference in the fully refereed
International Journal of the Humanities, published in print and electronic
formats. For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual
registrations are available, which provide access to the online edition of
the conference proceedings. Virtual participants can also submit papers
for refereeing and publication in the International Journal of the

The deadline for the first round call for papers is 31 October 2003. Full
details of the conference, including an online call for papers form, are
to be found at the conference website.