In a few hours, I will be participating as speaker in a workshop / roundtable about Humanities at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona (poster below). Here are some pre-event reflections:
Studying humanities is not about studying a course or a master’s degree, but rather an ongoing learning process through which we learn how to listen, communicate, think and reflect, in an attempt to better understand the social, cultural and moral geographies of our time and of other times.
Studying humanities does not make you a doctor, an engineer or an IT expert, but it makes you able to assess and understand the impact of science and technology on the quality of human life and on the molding of modern societies. In short: how they affect the human condition.
As Mark Slouka elegantly put it:
“The humanities, done right, are the crucible within which our evolving notions of what it means to be fully human are put to the test; they teach us, incrementally, endlessly, not what to do but how to be.”
Humanities ensure the survival and the flourishing of such democratic values as liberty, multiculturalism and pluralism, and they help us make sense of the world in which we live because, as Carl Sagan once said:
“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.”