HAS The Magazine of Humanities, Arts and Society
Arts and Society is a project launched on the initiative of UNESCO-MOST, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH), Mémoire de l’Avenir (MDA), in partnership with the Global Chinese Arts and Culture Society (GCACS). Arts and Society is a global movement of artists andprojects reflecting on the impact of creativity in society, using the arts and cultures as fundamental tools for improvement, innovation and transformation. The international organizations have partnered in this project to raise awareness of contemporary challenges on local and global scales.
The goal of this new publication is to analyze current challenges through the lens of the humanities and the arts. Created for a wide audience, HAS offers a space of expression for the most innovative, enlightening, imaginative, creative and relevant initiatives around the world.
The theme of the first issue, Big Data and Singularities: Creativity as a Basis for Re-thinking the Human Condition, favors a trans and multidisciplinary approach, including philosophy, education, history, anthropology, archaeology, literature, linguistics, sociology, economics, political science, aesthetics and ethics.
HAS invites scholars, researchers, critics, artists and professionals from all fields to contribute articles, scientific papers, essays, reviews, interviews, videos, photo reportages, artistic projects, columns, podcasts and other formats.
The editorial committee is constituted by members of UNESCO-MOST, CIPSH and MDA.
The deadline for contributions is January 31, 2020 at midnight, Paris time.
Full information about the theme and requirements can be found in the open call.
A public event will be dedicated to the release of the first issue at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
CALL FOR PAPERS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
HAS: The Magazine of Humanities, Arts and Society is launching its first issue in spring
2020. The goal of this new online publication is to discuss pressing world issues through
the analysis of a wide range of topics in the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts.
Conceived as a magazine for the widest possible range of readers, HAS offers a space for
staging the most creative, enlightening, imaginative, and socially relevant interactions of
the humanities and the arts.
Our aim is not simply to report on existing ideas or to reproduce art that examines issues
of importance, but to contribute to the achieving of actual progress in cultural exchange
and multi-disciplinary collaboration. Information, education, creativity, communication, and
thought provocation will be merged, in order to provide a platform for positive change
in society—local and worldwide—with the help of the humanities and the arts. We plan
to connect curious readers with enthusiastic writers and practitioners willing to work to
improve upon current global challenges, through demonstrations of how the humanities
and the arts can have an impact on society.
We welcome contributions from scholars, researchers, critics, practicing artists, and any
interested parties who find the above aims important and would like to be part of the
project. HAS is not a commercial venture, and in order to reach the broadest possible
audience, it will be available online for free for anyone interested. Due to the non-profit
nature of the publication, contributions will be on a voluntary basis.
The HAS project team is fully committed to its circulation to the widest possible audience,
through press and public relations. A major public event will be dedicated to the release of
the first issue at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris in June 2020.
The published texts will include scholarly papers, experimental essays, reviews, critiques,
interviews, video and photo reportage, and news. The editorial committee is constituted by
members of UNESCO-MOST, the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences
and Mémoire de l’Avenir.
The theme of the first issue is Big Data & Singularities: Creativity as a Basis for Re-thinking
the Human Condition. We aim to investigate this topic from a multi- and cross-disciplinary
perspective—including but not limited to philosophy, history, anthropology, archaeology,
literature, sociology, economics, political science, linguistics, archaeology, aesthetics and
The understanding of the need to foster a close collaboration between the Humanities
and the Arts led to the establishment of the Arts and Society project by The International
Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) in partnership with UNESCO-MOST
and Mémoire de l’Avenir, first presented at the World Humanities Conference and now
experiencing a consolidation and expansion, also in partnership with the Global Chinese
Arts and Culture Society (GCACS).
Applicants can send articles in French or English, in one of the following formats:
News – up to 1500 words and 1 image
Short notes – up to 3000 words and 1-2 images
Articles – up to 5000 words and 3-8 images
Photos and illustrations should be minimum 300dpi
It is the author’s responsibility to collect all the relevant permissions for the submitted
Submissions accompanied by a CV or biography (100 words) and abstract (100 words),
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2020 at midnight, Central European Time.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE TOPIC
Big Data & Singularities:
Creativity as a Basis for Re-thinking the Human Condition
noun / COMPUTING
Extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends,
and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions
Big Data offers tools and opportunities to improve actions and decision-making, serving
all fields of development, including government, healthcare, education, employment,
economic productivity, communication, crime prevention, security, ecology, environment,
and natural disasters. Big Data provides possibilities for giving consideration to the
“overlooked or unremarked” in populations or regions that have inadequate technology,
economic resources, or human resources.
Yet Big Data poses privacy concerns, as it accumulates daily information from everywhere—
from the personal messages we send to each other, from images we publish, from online
research, and from transactional records of purchases—all of which becomes global
information accessible to big-data facilities.
Big Data brings benefits, but can also create difficulties in maintaining personal independence
and the freedom of identities—when, for instance, it is used by speculators in the financial
markets or by insurance companies. Used across domains and disciplines, they influence our
freedom of choice and action. Each and every one of us is affected by it, individually and
On the other hand, each of the world’s elements is unique, and these singularities reflect
distinct personal perceptions while attributing wisdom and understanding to our faculties
and our senses. Singularities produce hypotheses, sciences, cultures, and arts.
This is exactly how major technological advances emerge, launched from processes of
creativity and insight, leading to new inventions and producing global media tools that
create endless figures, notes, and elements that make up big data.
Arts and cultures mirror the journey of humanity and the entirety of its creation—a reflection
of ongoing research into the world’s wonders and of human nature, inventing languages to
create and transmit culture. The arts are conduits to inquiry and discovery, a search for new
ways to express, resist, act, and do. Culture is inseparable from development; it reflects
the living memories and productions of humanity, and gives importance to differences,
pluralism, as well as the common and universal virtues of people.
The first issue of HAS magazine aims to represent scientific reflections and theoretical
concerns as well as analyses and reviews of artworks and creative practices investigating
the above ideas.
Contributions may include—but are not limited to—investigations of the following
How should we consider “Big Data”? How can we find a balanced and objective survey of
this phenomenon? What are the advantages that it brings to everyday life? Who can take
advantage of it, and how? What are the implicit dangers connected to its wide application?
What can artists and intellectuals do to disseminate further knowledge on the importance
of its proper, ethical use?
How are singularities and serendipity connected to Big Data? What is the importance of
singularities in today’s world, where one of the most dangerous challenges seems to be
the homogenisation of individuals, where personality diminishes and becomes only an
algorithmic data element? How can we maintain and promote creative individuality?
On the other hand, is Big Data necessarily in opposition to singularity? Can the two find
areas of positive and mutual benefit? How can the information gained from the analyses of
Big Data contribute to the unfolding of creative singularity?
The arts do not replace science and are not reducible to the concerns of the
sciences, but they participate in the process of developing the creativity, the
imagination of new futures, of diversity and of critical thinking.
Luiz Oosterbeek – Director of HAS Magazine
DIRECTOR Luiz Oosterbeek
DIRECTOR Margalit Berriet
HONORARY DIRECTOR GCACS - Professor Xiang Xiong Lin
EDITOR Zoltan Somhegyi
CO-EDITOR Aurore Nerrinck
CREATIVE DIRECTOR - PROJECT MANAGER Marie-Cécile Berdaguer
ART DIRECTOR Axelle Albet
ENGLISH EDITING Dan Meinwald
PUBLIC RELATIONS Florence Valabregue
ADMINISTRATION-PRODUCTION Victor Grésard
COORDINATOR Katarina Jansdottir
WEBMASTER Labib Abderemane, Georges Chmargounof
GENERAL MANAGER, OPERATIONS Mémoire de l’Avenir
INSTITUTIONAL ADVISORY Arts and Society - UNESCO-MOST - The International Council
for Philosophy and Human Sciences(CIPSH)- Memoire de l’Avenir (MDA)
HAS: The Magazine for Humanities, Arts and Society was born from the original idea of
Professor Xiang Xiong Lin.
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