On June 23, HERUU organizes a one-day symposium on research in the field of humanities education.
Are there specific (transferable) skills that humanities students and staff gain or is it quite comparable to other disciplines? Some will claim that there is a core body of knowledge and skills to be found in all humanities disciplines, for example the fact that in many subdisciplines in the Humanities students learn to focus on close reading and critical analysis of texts. Yet, others will point out that THE Humanities do not exists and that research and education in the Humanities is much more dynamic and that a variety of methodologies and skills are required that diverges from the assumed core body of knowledge and skills. Moreover, if humanities courses are taught in other disciplines, like in Medical Humanities, will the nature of the humanities education change and if so, how and why? The debate on what is typical to humanities education and research and reflections on this topic will be core to this symposium that will be organised by HERUU (Humanities Education Research Universiteit Utrecht), a group of scholars that share an interest in educational research in the humanities.
Further information on the symposium can be found here.