Who We are
After our first conference in October 2016, New Perspectives aims to be a unique, national hub for innovative research and learning that is currently taking place in the humanities globally. In recent years, support for the humanities has dwindled; as such, this conference aims to make humanities research relevant to a broader audience and to highlight its impact beyond the confines of the university classroom.
Designed by postgraduate students, for postgraduate students, this conference will showcase the diverse range of research and outreach being carried out by humanities scholars in Ireland and abroad. NPPSH will highlight how these scholars are looking to the past to inform the present and future and delving into the discourses that construct gender, race, sexuality, and class. It will note how scholars are decoding the images that surround us—to understand and use the language necessary to navigate a complex and rapidly shifting world, while also looking at the new avenues of research afforded by technology in the field of digital humanities. In particular, the conference intends to promote interdisciplinarity between researchers in the humanities.
What We Do
New Perspectives aims to change the inward-focused nature of humanities scholarship and demonstrate its purpose to a wider society. Accordingly, the conference will feature a cross-section of postgraduate students and researchers across Ireland. We encourage all postgraduate students in the humanities to engage with this exciting initiative, through submitting a proposal or sharing their ideas for the future of this network. Particular areas of interest that this conference hopes to make visible include: progress and degeneration, the humanities in a time of propaganda and fake news, and ideas, norms and cultures in social transformation. Although there is an emphasis on these areas, NPPSH also welcomes a broader range of research topics. We also encourage non-humanities students whose research could potentially impact the humanities to apply as well.
Why We Do It
It is our belief that the humanities can have a far-reaching impact. However, we, as the future of the discipline, need to rethink the humanities in order to engage with new emerging technologies and schools of thought regarding education and collaboration. Through such collaboration, dialogue and public scholarship, NPSSH will not only increase the visibility and perceived value of humanities research, but will also provide postgraduate students the opportunity to network and collaborate with other student researchers across the world.