The university has been changing, to be sure. But has the proportion of students who want to devote themselves to acts of humanistic creativity?
The way we talk about racial justice matters. In fact, corporation’s embrace of antiracist slogans can actually advance racism.
“Nostalgia is not what Shakespeare represents for me; I don’t want to make Shakespeare great again. He doesn’t need that, and neither do we.”
In May 1381, rebels burned documents at Cambridge, then scattered the ashes to the wind. But why were universities targeted by the rebels?
The humanities have a replication crisis of monumental proportions: so many theories have never been adequately tested or validated.
“We don't have a party. That doesn't mean we need one big organization. We may need a few big organizations. But we need organizations!”
Do we want a university built around managers and cops, or around students and their teachers?
With decades of creativity—that ended with World War I—Vienna jolted Western art and culture forward into high modernity. But how?
Benzion Netanyahu—father of the former prime minister—is not the protagonist; rather, it is his scholarship and the practice of history itself.
“We teach science as separate from the rest of the world. I want people who live in the world to see how they’re actually doing science.”
Does leaving the academy mean someone failed? Or does it mean, instead, that their scholarly strengths can now be made useful to the public?
Impossible to summarize, The Last Samurai is deeply political—anti-capitalist and thoroughly feminist—without ever becoming preachy or moralizing.
Netflix Brazil’s 3% presents a desperate future city that nevertheless proclaims its citizens all have an equal shot at success. Sound familiar?
We don’t judge books by their covers, but we do sort people based on which academic presses match their personality types.
Outside elite institutions, queer studies has the potential to go hand in hand with broader struggles of racial and economic justice.
In this parodic installment of Shoptalk, we salute the year of conferences that have tried to be.
What does “merit” mean in a context—like India—where caste pervades public life?
“There were so many new laws, I had to make a map showing the spread and intensity of antimargarine laws in states over a quarter century.”
“Being in community with people and teaching and learning outside of the confines of our classroom: I still actually really believe in that.”
Academics are scrambling to fulfill the increasingly bureaucratic research measures of the neoliberal university.