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Humanities 2015, 4(1), 80-86; doi:10.3390/h4010080

Humanities under Pressure

Konstanz Science Forum, University of Konstanz, Universitätsstraße 10, 78464 Konstanz, Germany
A version of this essay was presented at the workshop Funding policies and research values: strategies and needs, risks and prospects (University of Trieste, 12 May 2014), under the title “Why Supporting the Humanities Matters: the Need of New Models of Research Funding”.
Academic Editor: Cinzia Ferrini
Received: 4 November 2014 / Revised: 28 November 2014 / Accepted: 1 December 2014 / Published: 4 February 2015
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The Humanities have a problem with visibility both in the public sphere and in the academic system itself, and they have an organisational problem when compared with other sections of the academic system. They also have a funding problem, particularly in a European context, i.e., in the framework of the European research policy. The topic of this position paper is the essential role of the Humanities when dealing with the European project, the framing of Europe. In this respect, in contrast to the natural and social sciences, the Humanities need specific models of research funding, more individualised and of more interdisciplinary character. Additionally, they may need more multi-national centres for advanced studies on a European level, thus also solving their visibility and organisational problems. View Full-Text
Keywords: humanities in Europe; organisational problems; visibility; models of research funding; multi-national centres for advanced studies humanities in Europe; organisational problems; visibility; models of research funding; multi-national centres for advanced studies
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