Mapping frontier research in the humanities

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  • Emmeche, Claus (Editor)
  • David Budtz Pedersen (Editor)
  • Frederik Stjernfelt (Editor)
Whereas the classical sciences were organized around academic disciplines, knowledge production today is increasingly interdisciplinary and distributed across a variety of societal sectors. Classical disciplines have not only specialized and multiplied; they are increasingly interacting with extra-academic fields and supplemented by new transdisciplinary methods focusing on solving grand societal challenges, such as globalisation, multiculturalism, equality, democracy, security and health. Given the nature of these challenges and the ways in which university leadership has been organised, the very notion of liberal arts and humanities within Western research universities is undergoing profound transformations. This book addresses the signatures of the transformative process in the humanities and the organisation of disciplinary knowledge.
Based on multidimensional methodologies for mapping knowledge diversity, the volume outlines reasons for optimism on the potentials of the current hybrid university system. Drawing on a number of case studies and conceptual-empirical mappings of the humanities in Denmark and beyond, and avoiding simple metrics, the volume opens for an appreciation of different types of impact and styles of reasoning, both in classical and interdisciplinary fields of the humanities. From this perspective, a more composite picture of human culture, language and history can emerge from humanities research. It goes beyond the picture of rational agents, and situates human interaction in more complex landscapes of collective identities, networks, and constraints that open for new forms of intellectual leadership in the 21st century.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)978-1-4725-9768-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4725-9768-7
Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - the humanities, knowledge production, styles of research, philosophy of the humanities, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, intellectuals, public debate, European research governance, societal challenges

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