What is ‘Intellectual Cowardice’?

Always interesting to read from those who are public about their 'fears' - once fears have been named, they can be faced, right? Anxiety about being a fraud does seem to be an occupational hazard in academia. Ruth Barcan has written in these pages about the reasons for its prevalence – the increasing demands and complexities of the job, the stratification of the university, the insecurities of teachers and of the institutions they work for, and indeed…

Digital Bringing the Arts Out?

Interesting piece .. making comparisons to Indiana Jones vault!! “We want liberal arts majors to take their educations out into the world, not just end up in graduate school,” with their research unread, he says. Pannapacker has become an evangelist for the emerging concept of digital liberal arts, combining collaborative undergraduate research with work experience and digital literacy to create what he calls “the super liberal arts graduate for the 21st century”. In the US,…

A New History of the wartime Ministry of Information

Interested that the following project is being sold as the first history of the Ministry of Information (although it does say first official history), as Ian McLaine's book offers a pretty decent history, then built on by James Chapman re: films, and then of course, my brain is finally working on a book proposal from my PhD... A major research project will investigate Britain’s wartime Ministry of Information – inspiration for the Ministry of Truth in…

Is an academic research career possible?

Hmmm, having left Manchester saying I was never going to work in a University again, never move so far north again ... and after time with LICC, that I was clearly destined for secular work... There is a “significant credibility gap” between researchers’ expectations and the likelihood of their forging long-term careers in higher education, a survey has found. More than three-quarters of research staff responding to the Careers in Research Online Survey 2013 said…