Category: English Matters

Professional Issues

Making the Case

“The corporate attack on the university” is scarcely news, writes Peter Fettner in his 2011 essay on “The Crisis in the Humanities”. And if you do anything with social media, you’ve already seen some of the many web postings that strike back in support of humanities […]

We’ve just witnessed the birth of a new advocacy website for the humanities in Canada: This blog emerged out of a  TransCanada Institute Think Tank project on emerging scholars, which ACCUTE  blogged about on April 16th: And it’s hard to imagine a more timely intervention into […]

Comment: Calculating the net worth of the humanities

By: LISA SURRIDGE AND TIMOTHY ILES; Taken from: Thousands of delegates to the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences have descended upon the University of Victoria this week from across the country and, indeed, around the world. There could be nothing better for the local economy: eight days of […]

The 76%

Sarah Kendzior’s April 11th, 2013 article in Aljazeera: reports “76% of American university faculty are adjunct professors,” which means that most of them receive no benefits, including health care, make “an average of $2,700 per course,” and live below the poverty line.  Most PhD graduates in English […]

The March 21st Federal Budget

“Budget protects learning and research,” claims the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.  “A bad budget for the future of post-secondary education, research and job training,” says the Canadian Association of University Teachers.  It’s hard not to conclude that institutional self-positioning has at least something to […]