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The Hedgehog and Lord Browne: the “to come” of the Humanities

We are happy to announce the inaugural seminar of the Quilting Points Seminar Series will take place at 5.30 pm on the 10th of March 2011 in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English at the University of Leeds. Dr Maebh Long (Durham) will be presenting a paper entitled, The Hedgehog and Lord Browne: the "to come" of the Humanities. All are welcome.

The Hedgehog and Lord Browne: the “to come” of the Humanities
In Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, Martha Nussbaum speaks of the current global education crisis, in which the humanities, “seen by policy-makers as useless frills, at a time when nations must cut away all useless things in order to stay competitive in the global market, … are rapidly losing their place”. This paper investigates the future of education proposed by the Browne Report, a future in which the humanities are unabashedly sidelined as low-priority frills. Claiming to present a “sustainable future for education”, the Browne Re…

[Southern] African Studies Exchange Conference Berlin/Leeds

There is to be a mini-exchange conference between MA and Phd students and academics of the University of Leeds and Humboldt-University of Berlin on the 15th and 16th of February in the School of English and the Leeds Humanities Research Institute at the University of Leeds. Papers will treat topics in the fields of African literary and cultural studies, theatre studies, politics and poetry. The programme may be found here.

The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

We will be meeting on the 22nd of February in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English at 5.15 pm to discuss Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle, and, if there is the time and desire,  responses by Agamben and Ranciere.