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3pm Thinking the Humanities

December 8, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The humanities and social sciences in 21st-century higher education

  • Donoghue, F. (2008). The last professors: The corporate university and the fate of the humanities. Fordham University Press.
  • Kagan, J. (2009). The three cultures: Natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities in the 21st century. Cambridge University Press.
  • additional text / visual / audio: TBD

This reading group explores a selected list of readings and other materials that address the past, present and future of the humanities and social sciences. Employing a diverse range of perspectives, and encouraging dialogue and creative thinking, the aim is to better understand the actual state of humanistic fields of knowledge within modern-day university and beyond. How do we define the humanities and social sciences today? Do these discipline share a common heritage? Why is there a prevailing sense of ‘crisis’ in discourses and representations of the humanities and social sciences in higher education and research? What are their function and relevance in academia and the public sphere? What future directions might they take? Readings and discussions on these questions will complement concerns and initiatives that are already brewing at McGill, but will also bring into the conversation other students and scholars from varied backgrounds interested in learning about interdisciplinary and international debates, studies, and projects supporting the humanities and social sciences. Tuesdays, 15h00, IPLAI Download schedule. For more information, contact Nathalie Popa (nathalie.popa@mail.mcgill.ca )


December 8, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm