ERIC Number: EJ978050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Academic Specialization and Contemporary University Humanities Centers
Brownley, Martine W.
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v11 n3 p224-237 Jul 2012
Given the academic specialization endemic today in humanities disciplines, some of the most important work of humanities centers has become promoting education about the humanities in general. After charting the rise of humanities centers in the US, three characteristics of centers that enable their advancement of larger concerns of the humanities as a whole are discussed: location, flexibility, and broadened perspective. Independence from departmental demands and responsibilities allows humanities centers to reach diverse public audiences, to explore new paradigms and alternative structures for knowledge, and to overcome the intellectual divisions created by organizational structures of the contemporary university.
Descriptors: Specialization, Humanities, Intellectual Disciplines, Research and Development Centers, Institutional Characteristics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Development, Institutional Mission, Organizational Objectives, Organizational Theories
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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