Our fault not theirs: the future of the humanities

Lansdown, Richard (2006) Our fault not theirs: the future of the humanities. Profession, 2006. pp. 119-128.

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[Extract] The Presidential Forum on the future of the humanities at the 2004 MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia was an impressive occasion in many ways. I remember vividly the ballroom in which it took place and which can only be described, Georgette Heyer-style, as "glittering"; the hundreds of chairs (mostly empty when I took mine, near the front); the sense of occasion clearly felt by all participants; the president's modestly arresting opening remarks; and the quality of the four presentations that followed and have since been republished in the 2005 Profession. I am a conference averse individual, and this was my first MLA convention, attending as I did from an Australian university, but in that ballroom I wondered where else on earth a meeting of that sort could be held in such style. Even if the ship of the humanities does sink beneath the waves at some time in the future, we were still doing some fine work rearranging the deck chairs.

Item ID: 4073
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0740-6959
Keywords: humanities, liberal arts education
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2009 00:34
FoR Codes: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220202 History and Philosophy of Education @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature @ 50%
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