Call for proposals 10th International Symposium of the World Center for Humanist Studies


Between the 8th and 11th of May 2025, the tenth edition of the International Symposium of the World Center for Humanist Studies will be held, which on this occasion is entitled “UTOPIAS IN PROGRESS: Paths towards the Universal Human Nation”.

This Symposium is interested in revealing the structure of the personal and social crisis that is going through the current historical moment. A crisis that causes deep discomfort to individuals and peoples and is fueled by the accumulation of distorted narratives of a capitalist, individualistic and predatory global system, which imposes its structure based on violence.

In addition to addressing in depth the structural and historical process of understanding the terminal crisis of the current system, the Symposium seeks, above all, to be a catalyst for the presentation of new humanist paths to overcome it.

It is essential to collect contributions from all cultures on Earth, understanding and overcoming the prejudices and limitations of the political, economic and cultural matrix imposed by centuries of colonialism and patriarchy. The most progressive elements of people's cultural traditions must converge to serve as the basis for the first planetary civilization in the history of humanity.

Likewise, it is essential to understand that there will be no change possible if there is no transformation in the way we look at ourselves and what is happening in the world. It is necessary to develop a perspective that transcends the mechanics of a world victim of evil and madness, expanding the perspective through the development of a lucid conscience and “good knowledge”.

Today, more than ever, it is necessary to emphasize images that mobilize groups towards brilliant utopias, which connect with the deepest vital tensions and needs, guiding humanity in a liberating direction.

What images can guide this process, linking memory to the project and responding to vital urgencies and the meaning of the human group? How can we bring people and peoples closer, in this moment of manipulated polarization, to an experience of profound reconciliation that involves repairing the violence and mistakes committed?

Should we think about a single type of new social organization or rather give in to the multiplicity of proposals and attempts? What myth can give brilliance, power and epic consistency to these images? What kind of spirituality can give depth, evolutionary meaning, and permanence to this new chapter in history? How can we reach the hearts of creative generations and groups that today are without hope with this purpose?

We call on all those who, from different cultures, can contribute transformative and inspiring visions and actions to participate with contributions of various types. Utopias that, without a doubt, are already underway.

Instead of the usual theme divided into partial fields of activity and knowledge, the Symposium will develop from a multidisciplinary or structural perspective, privileging relational thinking.

Proposals can be sent such as presentations, round tables, presentations of ongoing activities or initiatives, workshops, as well as other artistic expressions, audiovisual productions and experiences based on knowledge of different cultures.

Proposals must be accompanied by a summary that explains the intention and development. For lectures, estimate a duration of 30 minutes maximum and 20 min. Of subsequent exchange. For other types of activities, specify the time required for coordination with the Thematic Committee.

After the corresponding evaluation by the Thematic Committee of the Xth Symposium, they will later be grouped into transversal axes.

We invite you to contribute to this event and propose your contribution by December 15, 2024, by sending to
    1. Brief biographical presentation and good resolution photo;
    2. Summary of the contribution (between 300 and 500 words).

The Thematic Committee will communicate the selection result before February 1, 2025.

For more information:

Organizing Committee of the Xth CMEH Symposium