“Human Universals” Conference: Call for Papers

Fifth Annual ICAS Conference

‘Human Universals’

Friday 31st and Saturday 1st February 2020

Southern Regional College, Newry, Northern Ireland

Call For Papers: 

In the late 20th century, Brown published his seminal work Human Universals that revealed the numerous linguistic, cultural, cognitive and social behaviours that we share as a species. It seems, we are united from the capacity for abstraction of thought to a preoccupation with weaponry. Yet, the 21st century can already be characterised as divisive: political isolation, religious conflict, class gulfs and environmental crises; all of which are underscored by the readiness of information and discourses from digital platforms. Whilst none of this division is new to our species, there is a growing sense that we should be better than we are; that we should have learned from our shared histories. It seems that we need a reminder of our sameness now; our human universality.

Therefore, the 5th annual ICAS conference proposes that we discuss this and welcomes papers on the following topics:

History/Archaeology                                     Psychology

Shared Origins                                                        Universal Cognition

Universal Heritage                                                  The Imagination


Anthropology                                                     Political Philosophy

Cultural Universals                                                   Morality and Universalism

Changing Universals                                                Political Universals                                        


Literature/Film                                                  Environmental/Human Sciences

Universal stories                                                        Urbanization

Universal features: poetry and prose                        Scientific laws


Visual Arts

We welcome any pieces/presentations that reflect the overall theme of the conference.

We would also welcome poster presentations on any of the above sub-themes.

Please submit a 300 word proposal on your presentation/poster by Friday 6th   December 2019 in Word or pdf files to: finniganl@src.ac.uk

All papers will be given consideration by the conference committee. Notification emails will be sent by Friday 20th December 2019.

Questions?  Contact Dr. Liz Finnigan at: finniganl@src.ac.uk