Mapping the humanities

The Human Turn examines the new call for knowledge of the human in the natural sciences, the life sciences and the social sciences. The common drive is the realisation that knowledge of the human plays a decisive factor in handling societal challenges and the advancement of science. Focusing on a number of exemplary interdisciplinary fields such as political science, welfare science, health science, environmental science and the science of management, The Human Turn investigates the consequences and potentials of this new human turn. Participants include Kirsten Hastrup, Uffe Juul Jensen, Anne-Marie Mai, Sverre Raffnsøe and Morten Raffnsøe-Møller. For further information, see

Humanomics is an interdisciplinary research programme that studies the historical, conceptual and institutional dynamics of the humanities. The programme seeks to provide insight into which humanist theories, methods and concepts that are operative in today’s science system, and in doing so seeks to develop an empirically-based philosophy of the humanities. Participants include Vincent F. Hendricks, Andreas Roepstorff, Simo Køppe, Svend Østergård, Claus Emmeche, Esther Oluffa Pedersen, Uffe Østergård, Frederik Stjernfelt and David Budtz Pedersen. For further information, see


Both research programmes are supported by the VELUX FOUNDATION as integrating initiatives within its humanities programme. The intention is to support the development of a research-based debate about the potentials and challenges for the humanities and human sciences. For further information about the VELUX FOUNDATION’S humanities initiative or contact Henrik Tronier,


The Intellective Space: a space beyond thought-pictures



A daring exploration of the space between language and thought

According to Laurent Dubreuil, we humans both say more than we think and think more than we say. Dubreuil’s particular interest is the intellective space, where thought and knowledge are performed and shared. In The Intellective Space he explores the nature and limits of thought, arguing that something in thinking bypasses cognitive structures