This study looks at how humanities programs can bring about changes to local people in farming areas where it is not easy to meet the humanities. If the urban-centered humanities craze is approached as a social structural problem, humanities, the study of life, will create new discrimination, and humanities will no longer exist in certain areas, but only in one or more area. The study begins with this recognition of problems, but was conducted only in one region, and only for local people who participated in humanities programs, not the entire community.
Firstly, changes in the perception of local residents, focusing on humanities courses for farming area residents was examined. Local people who participated in the humanities course found the utility of humanities in recognizing the ambiguous space of the region as their own place, feeling proud of the region’s history with the knowledge and information they acquired from the humanities course. Secondly, this study looked at the process of conducting humanities programs through poetry reading to elderly people who are relatively marginalized in farming areas. As a result, it was found that there was a limit to the utility of the humanities program in the elderly generation in the COVID-19 infectious disease situation.
This study was conducted in only one farming area, but it is meaningful in that it presented a humanistic horizon as a practice on how humanities should move and the approach that the humanities should adopt in areas where humanities are alienated. In addition, how to overcome the limitations of humanities that have emerged in the face of civilization changes, such as COVID-19, should also be considered.