The humanities, arts, and humanistically-oriented social sciences as well as related interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary fields illuminate the ways in which humans create, contest, and enact different ways of being, from the ontological to the institutional, the “individual” to the transgenerational, the abstract to the visceral.
Humanities scholars and practitioners develop concepts, frameworks, and imaginaries that are indispensable for comprehending and addressing the social and cultural problems that define us as humans in history and in today’s world. The humanities raise and critically evaluate questions that motivate and give context to technological, medical and scientific innovations: Who are we? How did we get here? What do we value? What will the future hold?
Through the study of human cultures, texts, archives, languages, images, and belief systems, humanistically-oriented researchers examine practices, activities and attempts at meaning-making that try to better understand who and what humans are, and what they might become.