The European Humanities University's (EHU) annual academic conference brought together scholars and university administrators from Albania, Belarus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States to discuss both the challenges and opportunities for independent and autonomous humanities universities in Central and Eastern Europe and for civil society in general.
The two-day conference “The Mission of Humanities Universities in Eastern and Central Europe: Between Training and Bildung” took place in Vilnius and featured presentations and panels on various subjects related to liberal arts education. These included a student panel and a special panel dedicated to the legacy of Vladimir Furs, professor of philosophy at EHU, who passed away in 2009.
Among the issues discussed were the problems of university autonomy and academic freedom, the role of values in the humanities, types of knowledge and understanding conveyed by liberal arts education, global trends in higher education, and the challenges of the Bologna process for national university policies in the region.
As an outcome of the conference, EHU is preparing a declaration called “The EHU 2012 Declaration Supporting the Mission of Liberal Arts Universities in Eastern Europe”. It will be dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of EHU.
For more information, please see the conference website.