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Research in Ruins

Robert Briggs.

It is not uncommon to hear in recent accounts of the university that, today, humanities scholarship lies in ruins. Whether in the form of attacks on the postmodern balkanisation of literary studies or as remonstrations against economic rationalism's hijacking of academia for technocratic ends, the evaluations of the current state of humanities scholarship -- or "research" -- are overwhelmingly negative. The question might arise, therefore, of how one would begin to write a history of the ruining of scholarship or research and of how one might locate the "new" humanities within such a history. For given the fact that within the humanistic disciplines not only of history but also of aesthetics "ruins" are heritage objects whose value lies precisely in the opportunity they provide for enabling such research, it might be the case that what looks at first sight to be the demise of an essential function of the university might nevertheless enable the chance to rethink both the structure and the genesis of that institution. The apparent ruining of research seems to call, in other words, for investigations into the MANY forms, functions and ends of research in today's "new" humanities.


Robert Briggs  (Australia)

School of Arts
Murdoch University

Robert Briggs has recently been appointed as Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences at Monash University. He has previously taught in the School of Arts at Murdoch University and has published a number of papers on post-structuralism and questions of disciplinarity.

  • Research
  • Scholarship
  • The 'New' Humanities

(Virtual Presentation, English)