Programme (Live-Stream)

Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, ECAH2020 will be held Online via Zoom.

The European Conference on Arts & Humanities (ECAH) is an interdisciplinary conference held alongside The European Conference on Media, Communication & Film (EuroMedia). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

This page provides details of presentations and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


Conference Outline

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Friday, July 24, 2020Saturday, July 25, 2020Sunday, July 26, 2020

09:00-09:15: Welcome Address & Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners

09:15-09:55: Keynote Presentation

09:55-10:10: IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

10:10-10:20: Virtual Coffee

10:20-11:00: Keynote Presentation

11:00-11:10: Networking Session

09:00-09:10: Welcome from the Organising Committee

09:10-10:25: Live-Stream Session I

10:25-10:35: Virtual Coffee

10:35-11:50: Live-Stream Session II

11:50-12:00: Virtual Coffee

12:00-13:40: Live-Stream Session III

13:40-13:50: Virtual Coffee

13:50-14:30: Keynote Presentation
Donald Hall, University of Rochester, United States

14:30-14:40: Virtual Coffee

14:40-15:55: Live-Stream Session IV

15:55-16:05: Networking Session

09:00-09:10: Welcome from the Organising Committee

09:10-10:25: Live-Stream Session I

10:25-10:35: Virtual Coffee

10:35-11:50: Live-Stream Session II

11:50-12:00: Virtual Coffee

12:00-13:15: Live-Stream Session III

13:15-13:25: Virtual Coffee

13:25-14:40: Live-Stream Session IV

14:40-15:00: Conference Closing Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan


Featured Presentations

  • Dislocation/Invitation
    Dislocation/Invitation
    Keynote Presentation: Donald E. Hall

Final Programme

The Conference Programme contains access information, session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule. All registered delegates who attend The 8th European Conference on Arts & Humanities receive a printed copy of the Conference Programme at the Registration Desk on arrival. Only one copy of the Conference Programme is available per delegate, so please take good care of your copy.

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available on June 29, 2020. The final Conference Programme will be available on July 13, 2020.


Pre-Recorded Virtual Presentations

A number of presenters have submitted pre-recorded virtual video presentations. We encourage you to watch these presentations and provide feedback through the video comments. A full list of these is on the conference website.


Previous Programming

View details of programming for past ECAH conferences via the links below.

Dislocation/Invitation
Keynote Presentation: Donald E. Hall

IAFOR’s special theme in 2020 is “Embracing Difference”, which builds on two previous years’ themes: examinations of fear for what the future might hold (2018), followed a year later by explorations of our ability to shape alternate futures (2019). The continuing timeliness of both topics has been fuelled not only by global political trends, but also (and in ways that largely account for those trends) the fact that individuals today are being confronted incessantly with forms and intensities of “difference” as never before in human history. Unless we are wholly off the grid of media and extra-communal encounter (as we might find with self-isolating religious communities), we are confronted daily with lifestyles, belief systems, languages, and ways of being that are radically different from our own. Whether face-to-face or mediated, these continuing micro-shocks of encounters with epistemological difference can be terrifying, exhilarating, disorienting, or even erotically stimulating (if not several of those at once). Much hinges on how we decide to process such encounters, a choice for which, I argue, we bear responsibility. To the extent that we can actively choose to frame such “dislocations” as desirable “invitations”– to question the rightness of our own stances, the security of our own “truths,” and the limitations of our own knowledge – we can welcome encounters with difference as necessary for learning and growth. Too often, of course, they are processed much more narrowly as violent threats to insular selfhood, to national and cultural primacy, and to religious absolutes. We as teachers, scholars and public intellectuals have a role to play in reframing a public debate on the fundamental value of “difference”. Beyond our common and often tepid proclamation of respect for “diversity”, it is imperative that we promote and defend the inherently generative effect of the “unsettledness” that terrifies so many of our fellow citizens. Invitations to rethink our “selves”, our beliefs, and our values should be celebrated as inherently educational opportunities, rather than feared as apocalyptic threats to coherence or community.

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