The renaissance of the renaissance? Long overdue?

Last Friday (January 13th) I spent all day in London at a meeting of the Council of the Society for Renaissance Studies, debating ways in which the Society can support the study of all matters Renaissance. The Council settled on putting its available fund into supporting Postgraduate attendance and speakers at conferences; Postdoctoral Fellowships; an…

Art History degrees and the US Economy

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/how-art-history-majors-power-the-us-economy/2012/01/06/gIQAUv36hP_blog.html Now here’s a piece of news that makes for interesting reading about the impact (yes, I meant to write that!) of a Humanities degre, and in this case, an Art History degree, on the economy. Even more interesting is the way this article looks at both direct and indirect benefits of a degree which…

Revision time….

Two more weeks, and autumn semester examinations start. Over the course of two weeks, thousands of students will pile into examination rooms and ‘sit exams’. Leading up to that moment when you enter the hall, sit down, turn over the paper and -hopefully- start to write a brilliant, succinct and ‘good’ answer is a strange…

The degree of success in the humanities

http://www.scotsman.com/edinburgh-evening-news/the-guide/oh_the_humanities_a_reflection_on_the_year_in_visual_art_1_1522437 This article (above) caught my eye today, as did this second article:http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/education/high_degree_of_success_in_humanities_1_2013560 The second piece seems astonishing, with it’s bald statistics regarding the educational backgrounds of many ‘leaders’; even more astonishing seems the statement that it is at the helm of a universities where you are LEAST likely to find a humanities graduate. Blimey,…

The importance of space

The beginning of a new year invites reflection, and especially so when that date coincides with an important deadline. Oh yes, deadlines for the submission of module handbooks for the forthcoming semester are looming! I like the process of working through my handbooks, and try to make them as comprehensive a guide to my modules…