In the late 20th century, Brown published his seminal work Human Universals that revealed the numerous linguistic, cultural, cognitive and social behaviours that we share as a species. It seems, we are united from the capacity for abstraction of thought to a preoccupation with weaponry. Yet, the 21st century can already be characterised as divisive: political isolation, religious conflict, class gulfs and environmental crises; all of which are underscored by the readiness of information and discourses from digital platforms. Whilst none of this division is new to our species, there is a growing sense that we should be better than we are; that we should have learned from our shared histories. It seems that we need a reminder of our sameness now; our human universality.
Therefore, the 5th annual ICAS conference proposes that we discuss this and welcomes papers on the following topics:
Shared Origins Universal Cognition
Universal Heritage The Imagination
Anthropology Political Philosophy
Cultural Universals Morality and Universalism
Changing Universals Political Universals
Literature/Film Environmental/Human Sciences
Universal stories Urbanization
Universal features: poetry and prose Scientific laws
We welcome any pieces/presentations that reflect the overall theme of the conference.
We would also welcome poster presentations on any of the above sub-themes.
Please submit a 300 word proposal on your presentation/poster by Friday 6th December 2019 in Word or pdf files to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All papers will be given consideration by the conference committee. Notification emails will be sent by Friday 20th December 2019.
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