Session 4: Page of Empires: The Rise of Humanities. (Humanities)

'Permanent opposition': How to resist technology according to George Orwell

Oriol Quintana

Is technology making our lives simpler? Is technology driving us nearer to real experience? Is the world becoming a more beautiful place, thanks to techonology? As far back as the 1930’s , the English writer George Orwell already said no to all three questions. In this contribuition, we are going to present the audience with the arguments Orwell used in his writings …

World Heritage sites management and local communities participation. The case of archaeological sites in Mexico.

Amilcar Vargas

This presentation will introduce the state of the art of the implementation of local communities participation in archaeological sites in Mexico. Since the nineties, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has encouraged State Parties to engage local communities in World Heritage site’s management, as a way to share the sense of responsibility for their protection. Mexico, as a leader country in site’s …

Representations and visual impacts of the iconoclastic processes of Wittenberg (1517-1522) in 16th century German art.

Ariadna Sotorra Figuerola

The city of Wittenberg played a key role in the evolution of the processes of the Reformation and in the manifestation of the first Protestant iconoclastic acts for different reasons. The first is that the University of Wittenberg, founded in 1502, had the presence of important academic and reformist theologians such as Martin Luther, Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt, Philipp Melanchthon …

The Hebrew encyclopedia Sha'ar ha-Shamayim by Gershon ben Shlomoh. How to build knowledge by building language.

Albert Lizandra

The aim of my presentation (Flash Talk) is to demonstrate how the transliteration of certain non-Hebrew words became a relevant part of the Sha’ar ha-Shamayim, or The Gate of Heaven, by Guershon ben Shlomoh of Arles. The Gate of Heaven is an encyclopedia that contends with issues pertaining to the natural sciences, astronomy and theology.  A critical edition, a translation into …

Is that English you are speaking? Towards a more L1-supported English language learning

Nune Ayvazyan

English is undoubtedly the lingua franca of the moment, but what kind of English should we learn?   Often, the accent is put on learning “perfect” English instead of learning to communicate. It is often believed that English has to be native-like to be good. This also perpetuates the belief that language is better learned with no interference from the …

A/r/tography and intermediality, two approaches to educational research

Karo Kunde

At dawn of the 21st century education has become something more than filling the empty vessel, than holding master classes, than passing knowledge from one to the other. In a constantly changing world, in which we do not even know what will happen in the next five years or what are going to be the future’s communication media, we have …

Gamification in the foreign language classroom: too cool for school?

Ljubica Damevska

The use of game elements and game-design techniques in non-game contexts* is the definition for which concept? You guessed right! It’s gamification. With the current technological advances in video games, smartphones, and gadgets, and the invention of all sorts of apps it seems like games take significant place in our daily lives. For example, with the Endomondo Tracker app we …

Narratives and sceneries: The Cathedral of Tarragona as a case study.

Xènia Granero Villa

This study is immersed itself in the agentivity of the monumental iconographic programs developed in the keystones of religious buildings in relation to the architecture and with the interpretation of religious, liturgical or protocolary prescriptions. It is in connection, also, with lay prescriptions, promoters and ceremonies or non-religious performances that could be developed in those spaces. But this study will include not only religious spaces, but domestic …