[Marxism] Fwd: Bonfire of the Humanities | The Nation

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 23 07:27:01 MST 2015


Today, historians worry that they have lost their audience, and their 
distress has made the search for the next trend seem especially 
pressing. At the beginning of her new book, Writing History in the 
Global Era, Lynn Hunt remarks that “history is in crisis” because it can 
no longer answer “the nagging question” of why history matters. David 
Armitage and Jo Guldi, in their History Manifesto, concur: in the face 
of today’s “bonfire of the humanities,” and a disastrous loss of 
interest in a topic in which the culture used to invest heavily (and in 
classes that students used to attend in droves), defining a new 
professional vocation is critical. History, so often viewed as a 
“luxury” or “indulgence,” needs to figure out how to “keep people awake 
at night,” as Simon Schama has said. Actually, the problem is worse: 
students today have endless diversions for the wee hours; the trouble 
for historians is keeping students awake during the day.

full: http://www.thenation.com/article/195553/bonfire-humanities



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