Special Issue "Idea of the University"


A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rosi Braidotti
Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Achter de Dom 20, 3512JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
Website: http://www.rosibraidotti.com
E-Mail: R.Braidotti@uu.nl
Phone: +31 30 253 6137
Interests: feminist philosophy and theory; continental philosophy; critical theory; poststructuralism; cultural studies; Deleuze studies; feminist science and technology studies; gender studies; humanities; concept of the posthuman; the notion of 'life'; social responsibility of the university; digital media

Guest Editor
Dr. Shanti Suzanne van Dam
Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Achter de Dom 20, 3512 JP Utrecht, The Netherlands
Website: http://www.linkedin.com/in/shantivandam/en
E-Mail: s.vandam@valuemedia.nl
Phone: +31 30 253 6137
Interests: intellectual history; cultural history; history of science; documentary film making; science communication and knowledge transfer; the future of the humanities; the future of knowledge; journalism and media studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues

This Special Issue of the Humanities Journal investigates in an interdisciplinary perspective the changing relations between the university as the location of academic and scientific excellence and its civic environment, i.e., its social, cultural and political contexts. Particular attention will be paid to the social responsibility of the university in the contemporary world. Because in Europe and elsewhere most universities and their cities have grown together, the interaction between the academic and the civic has a long and rich history, which can be studied comparatively. Traditionally, most European universities have geared higher education and scientific research to the production of enlightened, functional and discerning citizens. The classical model that combines scientific excellence with civic probity and active citizenship has been reviewed recently in response to economic globalization. This has led among other things to national and international debates about the social function of university education and the structure of core curricula and key national texts (the ‘canon’). A new dynamic interaction is established between the local and the global and between the symbolic academic capital cumulated in the past and new forms of contemporary knowledge production, including the impact of Digital Media upon humanistic higher education.
In light of these developments, the “Idea of the University” special issue invites to interrogate the challenges Humanities scholars face in a changing academic climate that is rapidly moving towards dynamic interaction between the local and the global and new forms of contemporary knowledge production. The focus is on the ethical and social responsibility of the university in such a fast-changing context.

Prof. Dr. Rosi Braidotti
Dr. Shanti Suzanne van Dam
Guest Editor


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• Academic and civic responsibility
• European universities
• Cultural citizenship
• Humanities
• Globalization
• Diversity

Published Papers (1 paper)

Humanities 2014, 3(1), 88-101; doi:10.3390/h3010088
Received: 12 December 2013; in revised form: 14 February 2014 / Accepted: 3 March 2014 / Published: 11 March 2014
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Last update: 16 December 2013

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