Research Funding – Irish Humanities Alliance proposal

Posted in Research on April 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has considered a proposal by an organisation (details supplied) for an all-island initiative to promote humanities research on the island; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 31 March]

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Getting your teeth into the humanities

Posted in Research on January 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The value of the humanities, in a world dominated by technology, was highlighted in your excellent article ‘The art of medical observation’ (Deirdre McQuillan, Health + Family, January 1st). A comparable teaching model of using art to hone observational skills, develop teamwork, accept ambiguity and to exchange ideas is integrated into the curriculum for dental students in UCC …” (more)

[Fiona MacSweeney, Irish Times, 25 January]


Science and the humanities in the time of pandemic: better together

Posted in Research on June 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In most of the world, expertise is making a comeback. We are placing our faith in healthcare professionals such as Dr Tony Holohan and Prof Philip Nolan to lead us through the current pandemic. In the US, where the ascent of experts is on shakier ground, Dr Anthony Fauci is the target of both immoderate adulation and inexplicable death threats …” (more)

[Kathryn Conrad, Cóilín Parsons, and Julie McCormick Weng, Irish Times, 1 June]

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Why I’m drawn to the humanities

Posted in Life on May 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“When I was a student I devoured books on astrophysics and cosmology, but also philosophy. In fact, I ploughed my way through Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy and at one stage fancied myself as a disciple of Spinoza. These days, I remember nothing of Spinoza’s thoughts but I remember that Einstein was a fan …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 20 May]


Suddenly trying to teach humanities courses online?

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“What weeks ago seemed unthinkable is now a reality for many professors: take all your courses online, suddenly and indefinitely, due to COVID-19. And while technical and other practical challenges abound for instructors in all fields, those in the humanities face some particular ones: creating virtual classroom environments that foster the deep and often intimate discussions that promote trust and learning …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 16 March]

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For the humanities to play a stronger role in public policy making, they must move from individual to institutional engagement

Posted in Research on January 14th, 2020 by steve

“What should society expect from the humanities? This question has become pressing in the debate around interdisciplinary research in support of public policy that aims to tackle societal issues. To influence that policy effectively, argues Frans Brom, the humanities must transcend individualism. This would mean not only abandoning ‘outsider’ perspectives focusing solely on criticism of power through individual political action, but also setting up institutions to pursue systematic dialogue with policymakers and the other sciences and to develop the expertise needed to conduct those conversations …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 13 January]


The New Humanities

Posted in Teaching on November 14th, 2019 by steve

“Once-robust fields are being broken up and stripped for parts. The humanities, we’re often told, are dying. And yet, even as traditional majors like English and history are indeed shrinking, the past decade has also seen the rise of a new kind of humanities, including a wave of hybrid fields such as the digital humanities, environmental humanities, energy humanities, global humanities, urban humanities, food humanities, medical humanities, legal humanities, and public humanities …” (more)

[Jeffrey J Williams, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 November]

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‘Academe’s Extinction Event’

Posted in Research on May 11th, 2019 by steve

“All at once it hit me: a shudder. I’d been doing fine all day – merrily, even. Fresh off the bus to downtown Chicago, eased by a steady titration since breakfast of Maker’s Mark, I’d fairly danced down Wacker Drive, rolling suitcase in tow. I had this …” (more)

[Andrew Kay, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 May]

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We Need More Men in the Humanities

Posted in Research on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Around the turn of the millennium, American society realized a looming crisis: the lack of female representation in STEM fields. But today we are witnessing a crisis of male leadership in a variety of workplaces. From the president to CEOs of major companies to actors and power players in Hollywood, the past several months have exposed the toxic work environments they preside over or worsen in scandal after scandal …” (more)

[Christine Henseler, Inside Higher Ed, 2 October]

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Stop Trying to Sell the Humanities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2018 by steve

“The humanities are taking it on the chin. If there were any doubts about this proposition, they have been dispelled by the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point’s proposal to eliminate 13 majors, including history, art, English, philosophy, sociology, political science, French, German, and Spanish …” (more)

[Stanley Fish, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 June]

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Peer Review in the Humanities and Social Sciences: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It?

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2016 by steve

USA“While much of the contemporary debate around peer review focuses on both journal articles and STEM fields, here we are going to focus on humanities and social science (HSS) fields where both longer articles and book-length projects are more common. Does HSS peer review have the same functions, goals, and challenges as STEM peer review? …” (more)

[Alison Mudditt, The Scholarly Kitchen, 21 September]

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The Stem obsession does a disservice to arts and humanities

Posted in Research on March 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There seems to be an obsession that in order to survive the global war on talent our graduates must be herded in ever-greater numbers towards science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. The irony is that neglecting the arts and humanities will put us on a dangerously narrow path for the future …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, Irish Times, 1 March]

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Humanities and science: an unequal competition?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2016 by steve

Scotland“Over recent years the debates on higher education funding have addressed not just whether that funding is sufficient, but also increasingly how it should be distributed. In this context the growing volume of science funding, often linked to economic development priorities, has sometimes raised the issue of whether science and engineering have got a better deal than the humanities, the arts and the social sciences …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 March]

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‘Manifesto for the Humanities’

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2016 by steve

USA“Many humanities scholars these days feel underappreciated if not under siege. Departments are shrinking. Tenure-track lines are more difficult to come by. Politicians seem focused on job training …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 7 January]


Rise of the humanities

Posted in Research on December 18th, 2015 by steve

UK“The humanities are in crisis. It’s become orthodoxy. In fact, so much attention has been paid to the ‘crisis of the humanities’ that few have stopped to ask if there actually is such a crisis …” (more)

[Peter Mandler, Aeon, 17 December]


QUB to Merge Seven Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2015 by steve

UK“Queen’s University Belfast has discussed plans to merge schools within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty, the Gown has learned from a University source …” (more)

[Niamh McGovern, The Gown, 16 December]

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The humanities must work to promote their worth to the public

Posted in Life on November 6th, 2015 by steve

USA“At a town hall campaign stop in South Carolina, Jeb Bush recently singled out an interesting group for attack: psychology, philosophy and liberal arts majors …” (more)

[Paul Sturtevant, Inside Higher Ed, 6 November]

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On the Open Library of Humanities

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2015 by steve

UK“I’m really excited to have become a Trustee for the Open Library of Humanities. Martin Eve and Caroline Edwards have been working tirelessly on developing financial/governance, technological, academic and social models for the OLH as an alternative, open access publishing platform for peer-reviewed work …” (more)

[Richard Hall’s Space, 3 October]

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Young academics: The great betrayal

Posted in Life on August 25th, 2015 by steve

UK“Poorly paid and treated with contempt, the plight of early career researchers in the humanities is the result of a systemic betrayal of a generation of academics, argues Mathew Lyons …” (more)

[History Today, 24 August]

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Hacking the Humanities

Posted in Research on July 8th, 2015 by steve

USA“Last spring, I taught a literature seminar called ‘Before Wikipedia’. The subject was the history of encyclopedic writing, from ancient times to the present day. We read excerpts of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies and Diderot’s Encyclopédie alongside works by Calvino, Sebald, and Flaubert …” (more)

[Elias Muhannahe, New Yorker, 7 July]

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