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 *