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The Future of the Humanities: Reflective Practices in the Age of AI

The newly formed Reimagining Higher Education in the Age of AI research cluster at Northeastern University London is pleased to announce a two-day conference with the title ‘The Future of the Humanities: Reflective Practices in the Age of AI‘.


The aim of the conference is to explore likely and/or desirable futures for humanities disciplines, particularly (but not only) in relation to developments in Artificial Intelligence. To do that, we are bringing together scholars from such disciplines, but also from disciplines that have a vested interest in the humanities to share relevant empirical and
theoretical work as well as ruminations on the possible directions the humanities may take. Particular emphasis will be given to AI-related prospects, opportunities and threats for the humanities. Indicative topics include: the increasing digitisation of the humanities, co-creating and co-discovery with machines, formal methods in education/research, introspection/reflection in education/research, personalised tutoring, re-evaluating writing practices, continuous
learning, and experiential learning.


Date: Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May 2024
Time: 09:00-18:00
Northeastern University London
Devon House (Rooms: 224-226),
58 St Katharine’s Way

Conference Schedule:

Friday May 3rd

  • 09:40-10:40 Art Langer (Northeastern): ‘The Fantasy Development Arc as a Reflective Learning Tool’
  • 10:40-11:40 SeoYoon Sung (USC) and Doug Thomas (USC): ‘From Content to Context: Reinventing (Humanities) Education Through Reflective Practice in the Age of Artificial Intelligence’
  • 11:40-12:00 COFFEE BREAK
  • 12:00-13:00 Caitlin Bentley (KCL/RAI UK): ‘The Role of Reflexive Practice in AI Education’
  • 13:00-14:30 LUNCH BREAK
  • 14:30-15:30 Olga Goriunova (Royal Holloway): ‘Randomness, Mimesis and Banality: AI and Arts Education’
  • 15:30-16:30 Matt Hayler (Birmingham): ‘Thinking With Aliens: AI in Learning, Working, Teaching, and Living’
  • 16:30-16:50 COFFEE BREAK
  • 16:50-17:30 First Panel Discussion
  • 17:30-19:00 RELAXATION
  • 19:00- CONFERENCE DINNER (speakers + organisers) at Cafe Rouge, St Katherine’s Dock

Saturday May 4th

  • 09:40-10:40 Timothy Williamson (Oxford): ‘Model-Building as a Philosophical Method’
  • 10:40-11:40 Hannes Leitgeb (Munich): ‘Philosophy as Rational Reconstruction’
  • 11:40-12:00 COFFEE BREAK
  • 12:00-13:00 David Corfield (Kent): ‘Philosophy and Innovation’
  • 13:00-14:30 LUNCH BREAK
  • 14:30-15:30 Yulia Kovas (Goldsmiths): ‘Redefining the Past and Reimagining the Future in the Era of Genome and AI’
  • 15:30-16:30 Mutlu Cukurova (UCL): ‘Interplay of Learning, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence in Education’
  • 16:30-16:50 COFFEE BREAK
  • 16:50-17:30 Second Panel Discussion


Attendance (either in person or online) is free and open to all but we require individuals to
register via EventBrite:

Conference Organisers:

  • Alice Helliwell
  • Julia Hofweber
  • Arthur M. Langer
  • Sara Raimondi
  • Ioannis Votsis

Funding and support from:

Funding is generously provided by the Center for Technology Management and Digital Leadership at Northeastern University with support from the journal of Reflective Practice as well as from the Reimagining Higher Education in the Age of AI research cluster at Northeastern University London.

If you have any questions about the conference or about the research cluster, please feel free to contact me via e-mail: