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[EUC] The status of humanities in contemporary Europe
Nov. 13, 2013

Humanities: a wide and challenging field for European researchers, in an academic environment that requires a multidisciplinary approach while also changing its publication cultures.


Professor Margaret Kelleher from University College Dublin will look at the current debates regarding the condition of humanities in the continent in her open lecture “The Status of Humanities in contemporary Europe: Challenges and Opportunities”, on Friday, 15 November at Peking University.


The key challenges faced by the humanities in the twenty-first century public university will be analysed, including topics such as interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity, and public and civic humanities as theory and practice.


With Horizon 2020 to be launched soon, the lecture will discuss the role and impact of the new European Union programme for the humanities field. Prof Kelleher will also focus on the position of in humanities.


The lecture will also review some recent publications on the subject of the value of the humanities, early-career researchers and on changing publication cultures and will conclude with a discussion of emerging trends and opportunities.


The activity is part of the course in European Studies for Peking University’s Master and PhD students given in collaboration between the European University Centre, the School of Government and the Centre for European Studies at Peking University, with lecturers coming from Peking University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Autonomous University of Madrid, Lund University, University College Dublin and University College London.


15 November, Peking University, Leo KoGuan Building, room 515, 15:10-18:00

The event is open to the public .


The next open lecture will take place on Friday, 22 November, with Dr Gavin Barrett from University College Dublin looking at “How Europe is Becoming an Economic and monetary Union”.


Prof. Margaret Kelleher is Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin. She is Chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures and member of the international Humanities Committee for Science Europe. Professor Kelleher has been visiting Professor at Concordia University Montreal, University of San Paulo, Boston College and Beijing Foreign Studies University, and was overseas visiting scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge for Michaelmas Term 2012. Her books include The Feminization of Famine (published by Duke UP and Cork UP, 1997), Gender Perspectives in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (1997; co-edited with James H Murphy), Nineteenth-Century Ireland: A Guide to Recent Research (2005; co-edited with Laurence Geary) and the two volume Cambridge History of Irish Literature (2006, co-edited with Philip O’Leary. She was a contributing editor to Field Day Anthology Volumes 4 and 5, and editor of the special issue of the Irish Literary Revival in Irish University Review (2003). She has published widely in the areas of nineteenth-century literature, famine studies, and Irish women’s writings; and her current research project is a study of bilingual culture in nineteenth-century Ireland. Professor Margaret Kelleher was awarded an Irish Research Council Senior Project Fellowship in 2011 to create an electronic version of the Loebers’ Guide to Irish Fiction (now live at and has worked with colleagues in An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth, on a number of digital humanities projects.


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European University Centre at Peking University (EUCPU)
Room 204, Wei-Li Building, Tan Siu Lin Centre for International Studies
Peking University, Haidian District, Beijing, 100871
Tel: +86(0)10 6275 5387