A space for gathering resources and discussing ways to advocate for the humanities.
A report published by the Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission this week, ‘Elitist Britain’, found that two fifths (39%) of Britain’s ‘leading people’ were educated privately, more than five times as many as in the population as a whole, with almost one quarter (24%) graduating from Oxbridge. I therefore thought it would be timely to publis…[Read more]
Subhasis Chattopadhyay deposited Review of Ethics and Politics in Tagore, Coetzee and Certain Scenes of Teaching by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in the group Advocating for the Humanities on Humanities Commons 6 months, 1 week ago
This is a reading of Spivak as an heir to Sri Avinavagupta and Sri Ramakrishna. We ignore the fact that Spivak is a Shakta in her corpus. This review corrects/revises our understanding of Spivak and reinstates her as she really deserves to be read: she is within the traditions of Tantra. Spivak, in her own writings and interviews, has long spoken…[Read more]
Personal perspective on the current state of open access and publishing practices in the fields of Television and Media Studies, and pointers to a variety of scholar-led initiatives and options of where scholars can actually publish open access in their field without the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs).
Cities of InfraRed is an abstract for my proposed contribution to a book that is being put together by Cornelia Sollfrank, Shuhsa Niederberger and Felix Stalder. The book has the working title of Aesthetics of the Commons, and arises out of the Creating Commons research project at the Zurich University of the Arts.
A version of Cities of…[Read more]
William Nichols deposited Telling the Story of Iberian Studies: Spaces of Convergence and the Defense of the Humanities in the group Advocating for the Humanities on Humanities Commons 11 months, 1 week ago
This is a paper that I presented at the 2019 MLA in Chicago. In this paper I situate discussions of the field of Iberian Studies within the context of the crisis of the Humanities and the future of Cultural Studies.
We live in an increasingly übercapitalist society. It’s übercapitalist in that a specific version of neoliberalism, characterised by low pay, zero-hours and fixed-term contracts, is growing ever more aggressive; and that the disruptive technology firm Uber offers one of the most high-profile examples of this intensified form of deregulated cap…[Read more]
In this interview, there are typos in regard to names of Indian philosophers.
Olalekan Adigun deposited People, Power, and Change: Analysing the Causes of Power Shifts in Africa Since the Cold War in the group Advocating for the Humanities on Humanities Commons 1 year, 10 months ago
This paper attempts to provide answers to the following questions: What are the causes of political changes in Africa in the 21st century? Are these changes people-led? What are the challenges militating against people-led political changes in Africa? The paper takes a look at the nature of the post-colonial states of Africa since the Cold War…[Read more]
Impact and evaluation of research in the humanities has been the subject of several recent publications (e.g. Benneworth et al. 2016, Ochsner et al. 2016, Severinson 2017). A common theme is the need for a re-evaluation of how the humanities are evaluated, as well as for research on the effects of evaluation practices on the humanities (Ochsner et…[Read more]
We the People petition to “Preserve the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.” Needs 100,000 signatures by Feb 20!
Use this thread to suggest resources for advocating on behalf of the humanities. A few to begin:
National Humanities Alliance: A coalition of organizations dedicated to advancing humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs. The NHA has its own advocacy group here on Humanities Commons too.