Anders Engberg-Pedersen (ed.): The Humanities in the World


THE HUMANITIES IN THE WORLD. “The most elevated claims for the humanities end up sounding as though their goals could be met if everyone would just spend their time reading The Odyssey and King Lear with an open heart. Not only is that kind of thing too general to be useful in most actual situations where persuasion is needed, but also it doesn’t come close to focusing on what most scholars in humanities disciplines actually do most of the time.” (Stefan Collini)

“By asking us to rethink how we talk about the humanities, what doing humanistic research entails, and what the concrete impact of the humanities is, the ideas in this book challenge conventional notions of the alleged isolationism and practical insignificance of humanities research. Instead, they point to the myriad ways in which the humanities are situated in the world and have both engaged and changed it. Spotlighting these often invisible connections, and articulating better the practical dealings across the wide territory between the myth of the ivory tower and the myth of salvation, will at least present us with a more accurate picture of what goes on in the humanities today.” – From The Humanities in the World

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