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Humanities research explores the origins and products of the human capacity for creativity and communication. The Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) encourages the exchange between different currents and traditions of Humanities research in Europe, which have contributed to its many linguistically and culturally distinct identities. SCH seeks to better interconnect these rich diversities by developing cross-national research infrastructures for the Humanities.
SCH supports “bottom-up”, basic research in mono- and multidisciplinary frameworks, and aspires at refining methodologies and practices for the integration of humanities research into foresight activities, which will lead towards the production of new knowledge and improved understanding.
Humanities research investigates transcultural and supranational challenges on a global scale, thus lending meaning to the complexity of modern societies, for example through comparative studies of science and societal values, religion and migration.
SCH strives towards research that can transcend dichotomies between the natural and human sciences. Current topics of research include studies of consciousness, human dignity, and culture and sustainability. Humanities research addresses complex fields such as health and disease, cognitive science, globalisation and integration, and the impact of technological innovation on individuals and societies in past and present.