2nd World Humanities Forum

The 2nd World Humanities Forum (WHF), organized by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea and Busan Metropolitan City, in cooperation with the Korean National Commission for UNESCO and the Korean National Research Foundation, will facilitate collective reflection by human scientists, thinkers, artists and visionaries on key challenges and questions facing the world in the 21st century.

The 1st WHF (Busan, Republic of Korea, November 2011), at which the Director-General gave the closing address, adopted the Busan Declaration which reaffirms the important role of the humanities in addressing current and emerging challenges that humanity faces.

In this spirit, the 2nd WHF will invite humanities institutions from across the world to a round table session to discuss how to strengthen the capacities of research systems, the media and societies in addressing these challenges and how to promote international cooperation in this regard.

Furthermore, the 2nd WHF will reflect on the role of the humanities in understanding the nature of suffering human beings are experiencing today and in finding appropriate modes of healing, under the overarching theme of “Humanities and Healing”. Its three main sessions will focus on 1) Sufferings and Conflict; 2) Nature and Civilization, Science and Technology; and 3) Perspectives, Approaches, and Practices of the Humanities. For details, please refer to the attached concept note.

The 2nd WHF will:

- reflect on what “suffering” and “healing” might mean, when the human condition is considered in its social setting;
- seek to understand the suffering of individuals, groups, communities, and civilizations today from a humanities perspective;
- consider the role of the humanities in healing human pains and wounds in order to share experience of how that role can be performed and promoted.


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 01.11.2012 08:00 local time
End 03.11.2012 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Crowley, John
Organizer UNESCO; Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea; Busan Metropolitan City
Contact j.crowley@unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 38 28
Country Republic of Korea
City Busan Metropolitan City
Venue Bexco
Street #43 APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 1,000
Official Website 2nd World Humanities Forum
Link 1 Concept Note [PDF]
Link 2 Call for Papers
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