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The Public Value of the Humanities : The Wish List - Jonathan Bate (ed)

The Public Value of the Humanities

The Wish List

Paperback Published: 15th April 2011
ISBN: 9781849660624
Number Of Pages: 336

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Why should governments invest public money funding research into ancient Greek tragedy, literary value, philosophical conundrums or the aesthetics of design? Does such research deliver 'value for money' and 'public benefit'? Such questions have become especially pertinent in the UK in recent years, in the context of discussions about 'economic impact' and 'knowledge transfer'. In this book a group of distinguished humanities researchers, all working in Britain, but publishing research of international importance, reflect on the public value of their discipline. The essays are passionate, sometimes polemical, often witty and consistently thought-provoking, covering a range of humanities disciplines from theology and architecture through to media studies and anthropology.
Contributors include- Jonathan Bate, Mary Beard, Mike Parker Pearson, Robert Hampson, John Wolffe, Jurgen Zimmerer, Vanessa Toulmin, Francis O'Gorman, Iain Borden, Deborah Howard, Stephen Daniels, Ben Cowell, Matthew Johnson, Catherine Brace, Christopher Breward, Mike Press, Richard Howells, April McMahon, John Joseph, Ronan McDonald, Chris Gosden, Nicholas Davey.

This book provides a top notch tutorial on the current states of humanities research in the UK. * Times Higher Education Supplement (March 24, 2011) * ...a wonderful new edited collection on The Public Value of the Humanities, which presents an informative, thought-provoking and ultimately robust defence of humanities research. The book is essential reading for public, policy-maker, practitioner and academic alike and should contribute to moving discussions beyond the rather cliched assumptions surrounding much contemporary discourse over public funding for humanities research. * LSE Politics Blog *

List of Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Learning from the Past
Live Classics: Or 'What's the use of Aeschylus in Darfur?'p. 17
The Value of Archaeological Researchp. 30
Why Religious History Matters: Perspectives from 1851p. 44
The Use and Abuse of National History and the National Poetp. 56
Custodians and Active Citizensp. 68
Architectural History in Academia and the Wider Communityp. 76
'This is a local film': The Cultural and Social Impact of the Mitchell & Kenyon Film Collectionp. 87
Looking Around Us
Living Landscapesp. 105
Making a Home: English Culture and English Landscapep. 118
Accidental Haiku, or Encouragement, Enlightenment and Raising Aspirationp. 131
Thinking about Architecturep. 142
'All this Useless Beauty': The Hidden Value of Research in Art and Designp. 155
A Museum Perspectivep. 171
The Value of Music Research to Life in the UKp. 184
Informing Policy
Hard Cases, Hard Times and the Humanity of Lawp. 197
The Value of Genocide Studiesp. 208
History and Public Policyp. 219
'Sorting the Sheep from the Sheep': Value, Worth and the Creative Industriesp. 232
Using Words, Thinking Hard
Language Matters 1: Linguisticsp. 247
Language Matters 2: Modern Languagesp. 259
Making Meaning: Literary Research in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 272
The Value of Art and the Art of Evaluationp. 283
'And your point is…?'p. 295
Philosophy and the Quest for the Unpredictablep. 303
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9781849660624
ISBN-10: 184966062X
Series: The Wish List
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 15th April 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1