#opened12 Reading Group – sign up here!

Following on from discussions around #opened12 and David Kernohan’s suggestion of a parrallel between Newman‘s approach to education and theories of Bildung, I’ve a mind to see whether there’s interest in a virtual reading group. We could start with The Idea of a University. Some people have already expressed an interest on Twitter… Jonathan Shaw …

Can Technology ‘Democratize’ Academia?

(This is a brief write-up of a presentation I gave at the Digital Humanities Colloquium a couple of months ago.) Can Technology 'Democratize' Academia? from Robert Farrow It is beyond doubt that new technologies are radically transforming the practices associated with studying and teaching the humanities.  The debate surrounding this metamorphosis tends to divide people …

AHRC & ‘The Big Society’

I just received a response to my email to David Willetts MP about the use of ‘The Big Society’ as a ringfenced funding area by the AHRC. Here’s the text. Dear Dr Farrow Thank you for your email of 22 June, addressed to the Rt Hon David Willetts about your support for the campaign to …

Because you’re worth it: the New College of the Humanities

There’s been a lot of debate over the last week about a new private undergraduate college with the power to award degrees (conferred by the University of London) for two reasons.  The ‘New College of the Humanities‘ (NCH) is roughly based on the American liberal arts college model in terms of its method and syllabus …

This Is Your Brain on Art

Why does Ramachandran continuously feel the need to reassure us that we can gain knowledge about art from neuroscience without losing anything? It seems to presuppose, at the very least, that the other option is a possibility, that looking for (and finding) elemental forces in the brain that govern aesthetic impulses could, in fact, transform …