Humanities Symposium

What is the Humanities Symposium?

In the simplest formulation, the humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture. The study of languages, literature, history, linguistics, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, and the arts—use methods that are primarily critical and have a significant historical element—as distinguished from the empirical approaches of the natural sciences. The study of humanities “tell us where we have been and help us envision where we are going.” (The Heart of the Matter, Report of the American Academy of Arts & Science’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences to the U. S. Congress in June 2013). As a part of the Undergraduate Research Week at Mizzou and the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum, the Humanities Symposium will spotlight the scholarship of undergraduate students working in these important fields, allowing them to help us envision where we are going together.  

About the 2023 Humanities Symposium

For 2023, the Humanities Symposium is being co-sponsored by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures with a unifying theme of Surveillance and the Self. Dr. Linda Reeder and Dr. Seth Howes will be co-coordinating the Humanities Symposium programming.

Contributors to the Symposium are invited to submit research and creative projects connecting with the theme Surveillance and the Self. Questions that may be considered include: How do we produce knowledge about ourselves, and others, through practices of observation and recording? In what ways do governments, corporations, and even private citizens engage in gendered and racialized practices of surveillance that produce or reproduce inequality? And how, when we are under examination, can we find ways to look back?

The Symposium’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Sara Blaylock, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Check this space and the Office of Undergraduate Research for further information about the Humanities Symposium, Student Poster Presentations, and Student Panel Presentations, including online information sessions sessions on how to present humanities research.

The above video is of the “Humanities Symposium; Information Session” held on February 3, 2022 led by Dr. Seth Howes and Dr. LInda Reeder, the organizers of the 2022 Humanities Symposium. It has a lot of great information about what the Humanities Symposium is, definition of the theme “Borders and Boundaries”, how students may participate, and some of the many benefits of participation.