Hestia is an annual, international conference for scholars wishing to approach sociopolitical phenomena from interdisciplinary and/or unconventional standpoints. During this three-day forum, scholars wishing for a break from more constrained settings can ‘let their hair down’, and share ideas that they may be hesitant to present in written form for fear of backlash. They will not be challenged on the political correctness of what they say, but rather on its accuracy or practicality. This is not intended to be an invitation for ideological extremism, but as a reassurance that uncomfortable truths are welcomed, not frowned upon. The success of the conference is measured by the utility of its discussions in producing meaningful feedback and actual change in the views of its participants. In this way, Hestia is not a simply a means of padding your resume, but is a method of expanding your intellectual horizons.
Our inaugural conference will be held in Kyoto Japan from 6-8 March, 2020.
We will also soon be releasing a Call for Papers with details on our upcoming symposium in Hokkaido, Japan, in September 2020.