Tag: Academia

The Book Is a Time Machine

When we are not actually holding them, books are things over which we like to wring our hands. They stand, in their very solidity, for what might be precarious ...

Shoptalk: Overheard at ICA

This May over three and a half thousand scholars descended on Prague for the International Communications Association Conference. In between the thousands ...

Shoptalk: Overheard at ASA

This year’s American Studies Association conference coincided with Chicago’s first snowfall of the season. Its theme was “Pedagogies of Dissent,” and conversations that circulated in the conference ...

Shoptalk: Overheard at GSA

Over one thousand scholars gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, in early October for the German Studies Association annual conference. In keeping with the German language’s tendency to prefer the passive ...

Shoptalk: Overheard at ASA

Each August, sociologists from across North America gather for their annual meeting. This year they congregated in and around the Palais des congrès ...

Shoptalk: Overheard At MLA

Literary scholars say the darndest things, and their comments at this year’s annual Modern Language Association convention in Philadelphia proved no exception to …

Shoptalk: Overheard At MLA

Literary scholars say the darndest things, and their comments at this year’s annual Modern Language Association convention in Philadelphia proved no exception to this rule. From chatter overheard in bathrooms and on barstools …

Stop Defending the Humanities

Whatever things the humanities do well, it is beginning to look as if promoting themselves is not among them. I say this after having read widely across the rapidly accumulating literature in defense ...