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Humanities 2015, 4(1), 42-67; doi:10.3390/h4010042

Research “Values” in the Humanities: Funding Policies, Evaluation, and Cultural Resources. Some Introductory Remarks

Department of Humanities, University of Trieste, Androna Campo Marzio 10, 34135 Trieste, Italy
Academic Editor: Albrecht Classen
Received: 3 November 2014 / Revised: 15 December 2014 / Accepted: 18 December 2014 / Published: 4 February 2015
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In her capacity as guest editor, the author introduces a set of essays examining the trends, risks, needs, pressures, and prospects of the humanities after recent reforms to tertiary education throughout Europe. By focusing on the educational, cultural, and social value of research in the humanities, which also provide economic and democratic benefits, this special issue focuses on three key topics: “funding policies”, “evaluation”, and “cultural resources”. This article provides the background to the subject matter (Section 1); a reflection on the controversial issues of quality control, measures of research productivity, and funding decisions as key drivers changing the humanities (Section 2); an overview of the current difficulties and prospects for “modernizing” the humanities (Section 3); the rationale for this special issue (Section 4); the context and a synopsis of the contributions, showing how and why these position papers by members of the humanities cluster of the Academia Europaea can provide this debate with new tools of analysis and diagnosis (Section 5). Finally, the concluding remarks highlight the Academia Europaea’s actions for the humanities (Section 6). View Full-Text
Keywords: humanities; modernization; quality control; research funds; knowledge production; values; risks and needs; Academia Europaea humanities; modernization; quality control; research funds; knowledge production; values; risks and needs; Academia Europaea
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Ferrini, C. Research “Values” in the Humanities: Funding Policies, Evaluation, and Cultural Resources. Some Introductory Remarks. Humanities 2015, 4, 42-67.

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