‘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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Education – broad or deep?

Posted in Teaching on June 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Karlin Lillington’s recent column (‘Graduates must bridge divide between arts and science’, Business Opinion, June 4th) is just the latest in a growing list of articles extolling the value of broad-based, multidisciplinary undergraduate education …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 6 June]

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Graduates must bridge divide between arts and science

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“When I recently attended the project showcase by graduates in technology and psychology at the Institute for Art, Design and Technology (IADT), in Dún Laoghaire, I got an unexpected chuckle …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Ignoring the Fact that, in Irish Universities, Arts Rank Better than Science

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University subject rankings consistently show that AHSS subjects rank far higher than STEM subjects. So why the constant focus on STEM? A university should, to be true to its name, be universal. Universal, in that it should favour no one discipline over another, save on the basis of academic excellence …” (more)

[Brian Lucey, University Times, 9 May]

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Time for the state to shift its AHSS on higher education policy?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ranking season is upon us with the QS rankings of subject areas (not, as is commonly though, Departments) now revealed. Again we find that despite the hype Irish universities are stronger in Arts and Humanities than in the STEM areas …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 April]

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War on the humanities? What war?

Posted in Research, Teaching on April 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“After I wrote a response to Professor Sarah Churchwell’s comments on the ‘war on the humanities’, she tweeted that if I wanted her opinion, it could be found in a piece on The Conversation, and represented a better statement of her views than a ten sentence extract from a ninety minute interview …” (more)

[Michael Carley, Paraffinalia, 8 April]


The war against humanities at Britain’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2015 by steve

UK“A war is being waged within the cloistered world of academia, a war whose repercussions will be felt down through the generations. Long one of Britain’s global success stories, our universities are under attack by an austerity-obsessed government looking to maintain the excellence of our institutions at a fraction of the cost …” (more)

[Alex Preston, The Observer, 29 March]

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Two tribes? Science and art are more like than unalike

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“The case for research funding in the humanities is stronger if we recognise the similarities, argues David Eastwood. Making the case for the humanities, and more specifically making the case for research funding in the humanities, matters …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 19 March]

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