The relevance of humanities in a technical science world

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Premiere of the Faculty of Arts Conference Series

“The relevance of humanities in a technical science world”

We live in a world that is more and more defined by an ultraliberal and ultra-individualist vision of social life which brings a decline in values and a decrease of social order. As we face a phenomenon which brings all individual opinions to the same level as expertise, the humanities must react by insisting on the critical distancing to explain the mechanisms at work in the social transformations.

Yves Gingras

Keynote speaker: 

Yves Gingras is professor in the history department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), holds the Canada Research Chair in the History and Sociology of Science and he is the cofounder and the scientific director of the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST). He is the author of many publications, he recently published: L’Impossible dialogue. Sciences et religions (Montréal, Paris, Boréal et PUF, 2016), Sociologie des sciences (Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2e edition, 2017), Controverses: accords et désaccords en sciences humaines et sociales (Paris, CNRS Éditions, 2014), Bibliomerics and Research Evaluation. Uses and Abuses, (Boston, MIT Press, 2016).


Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

Alex Trebek Alumni Hall
Room Johnson
157 Séraphin-Marion
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
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Price: This event is open to the public and is free to attend

Please register to this event by October 30th, 2017.
*Limited number of seats available.

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This conference will be presented in French followed by a bilingual question period. A reception will follow.


Faculty of Arts Conference Series - This annual conference series provides an opportunity for the university community and residents of the National Capital Region to hear from renowned speakers on topics related to the role of humanities, fine and performing arts, languages and literatures in the shaping of a modern, quickly evolving world.

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