Contemporary Culture

New Directions in Art and Humanities Research

Edited by Judith Thissen, Robert Zwijnenberg, and Kitty Zijlmans

Edited by Judith Thissen, Robert Zwijnenberg, and Kitty Zijlmans

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

266 pages | 25 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789089644749 Published June 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Are the humanities still relevant in the twenty-first century? In the context of pervasive economic liberalism and shrinking budgets, the importance of humanities research for society is increasingly put into question. This volume claims that the humanities do indeed matter by offering empirically grounded critical reflections on contemporary cultural practices, thereby opening up new ways of understanding social life and new directions in humanities scholarship. The contributors argue that the humanities can regain their relevance for society, pose new questions and provide fresh answers, while maintaining their core values: critical reflection, historical consciousness and analytical distance. 
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