We're always on the lookout for interesting articles and resources that address the value of the Humanities. Explore our links below, and keep up-to-date with the current debate within the academic community and beyond.
November 16th 2015, The Scholarly Kitchen
I have to confess that I drafted an initial version of this posting and then tore it up. Some friendly external comments, and some of the interactions I experienced during Academic Book Week here in the UK, convinced me that I needed to think afresh and a lot more clearly about the intermediaries that currently glue academic authors, publishers, and readers together.
Guest Post: Richard Fisher on The Monograph: Keep On Keepin’ On*, Part One
November 10th 2015, The Scholarly Kitchen
This is the first part of a two-part guest posting looking at historic trends, current challenges, and future possibilities for monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences. In particular, Richard aims to address a number of enduring misunderstandings among academic researchers and the failure of publishers to address them effectively. While many of the perspectives reflect the British experience, the posting is intended to be (at least) transatlantic in appeal, and its release is timed to coincide with University Press Week in North America, and Academic Book Week in the United Kingdom.
Book Review: The Academic Book of the Future edited by Rebecca E. Lyons and Samantha J. Rayner
November 12th 2015, LSE Review of Books
Edited by Rebecca E. Lyons and Samantha J. Rayner, members of ‘The Academic Book of the Future’ investigative team, The Academic Book of the Future presents a short collection of essays by academics, publishers, booksellers and librarians ruminating on the future of the academic book. With the book published through the Palgrave Pivot initiative, Leah Tetherwelcomes its content and physical form for offering an illuminating insight into the unfolding of the project and a reflection of its future valuable contributions to debates over the academic book.
Humanities under attack
August 23rd 2015, The Japan Times
HIKONE, SHIGA PREFECTURE – On June 8, all presidents of national universities received a notice from the education minister telling them to either abolish their undergraduate departments and graduate schools devoted to the humanities and social sciences or shift their curricula to fields with greater utilitarian values.
Real impact is about influence , meaning and value: Mapping contributions for a new impact agenda in the humanities
July 27th 2015, LSE Impact Blog
The humanities are driven both by epistemological and normative interests in a range of topics resulting in a complex topography of the public value of the humanities. But for the most part, its diffuse knowledge and impact has been defined and restricted to inputs and outputs. David Budtz Pedersen presents an overview of a research project aiming to reveal the pathways of humanities research deeply integrated in the functioning and affluence of modern liberal societies...
Time for a Teaching-Intensive Tenure Track
June 2nd 2015, The Chronicle of Higher Education
In our recently published book, The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom, we argue that the crisis in American academe has nothing to do with the intellectual content of research and teaching in the humanities, and everything to do with the labor conditions of most American college professors...
Technologies of Memory: Digitization and the Future of the Nineteenth Century
May 17th 2015, The Humanities Initiative at NYU
What is the archive of the nineteenth-century history of reading? And what will be its content and contours in the wake of wide-scale digitization? To address these questions, this talk looks in two directions: first, at the evidence of use in individual nineteenth-century books and, second, at the changing nature of academic research libraries after Google. Out of copyright, non-rare, and often fragile due to poor paper quality, nineteenth-century printed books are both richly served and particularly imperiled in the new media ecosystem. As scenes of evidence, they are at once exposed and occluded by the digitization of our library collections...
New Career Paths?
15th May 2015, Inside Higher Ed
For decades now, humanities scholars and advocates have been talking about the “crisis” in their disciplines...
The War Again Humanities at Britian's Universities
29th March 2015, The Guardian
Higher education is stuffed with overpaid administrators squeezing every ounce of efficiency out of lecturers and focusing on the ‘profitable’ areas of science, technology, engineering and maths. Are the humanities at risk of being wiped out?
New Model of Tenure
March 10th 2015, Inside Higher Ed
Thanks largely to adjunct activists throughout North America, there is a growing awareness outside academe that colleges and universities are treating faculty members off the tenure track in deplorable ways...