Archive for humanities

A thought on the ultimate status of the Arts and Humanities in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“An Irish Independent article, ‘Education chief hits attitude of arts academics’, citing comments from the new head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), has caused quite a furore amongst Irish academics, especially those already outraged by the recent revision of the Employment Control Framework (#ecf11), which imposes stringent measures by the state on hiring and firing within universities …” (more)

[The Norman Wyse Commentary, 20 March]

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Arts and Humanities disciplines

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“New RIA Report – Key Performance Indicators to Research in Arts and Humanities disciplines http://www.ria.ie/Our-Work/Policy.aspx” (tweet)

[Royal Irish Academy, 28 February]

Politics and the Demise of the Humanities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“… Politics got us to this point in the first place. By politics, I mean two things. First, the state continually exerts more and more control over higher education in America. Whereas once ninety percent of higher education was private, today state-governed educational institutions now educate over three fourths of all students in America. This trend means that the humanities are largely government-controlled, and state universities cannot defend the humanities using particular metaphysical foundations. Second, as a result of the first point, faculty end up looking to particular political justifications for the humanities …” (more)

[Perry L Glanzer, Minding the Campus, 27 February]

New commission to put humanities on the agenda

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 February 2011 by Steve

“A new blue-ribbon commission has been assembled in a bid to put the humanities and social sciences on an equal footing on the public agenda with science, technology, engineering and mathematics …” (more)

[Dan Berrett, University World News, 27 February]

The Point of the Arts and Humanities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“In the context of only one of the debates that has been provoked by the Con-Dem Government’s vandalism of everything we all hold dear (there urgently need to be more debates about more of the vandalism, including the scrapping of free swimming for children and the elderly, the scrapping of ‘book start’ to encourage a love of reading …)” (more)

[Cultural Studies, 12 January]

A Point of View: Justifying culture

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“Speak to anyone working in the humanities within academia right now and you will hear that this country is about to enter a new Dark Age. The reason lies in the coalition government’s decision to impose swingeing cuts on almost all departments …” (more)

[HT: Tom Byrne]
[Alain de Botton, BBC News Magazine, 7 January]

A Nature for the Humanities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 December 2010 by Steve

“I am writing a piece at the moment on whether it is possible, or indeed even wise to start a journal in the humanities that has a similar market profile as Nature‚ the critical and popular science journal …” (more)

[Christopher Pressler, Exquisite Life, 22 December]