Stanley Fish on “The Triumph of the Humanities”

Writing in his column for The New York Times about a new field called GeoHumanities—and, in particular, a project in “mapping time” by the historian and university president Edward L. Ayers—Stanley Fish concludes:

Stanley FishWhat this all suggests is that while we have been anguishing over the fate of the humanities, the humanities have been busily moving into, and even colonizing, the fields that were supposedly displacing them…. But this conceptual triumph has not brought with it a proportionate share of resources or institutional support. Perhaps administrators still think of the humanities as the province of precious insights that offer little to those who are charged with the task of making sense of the world. Volumes like “GeoHumanities” tell a different story, and it is one that cannot be rehearsed too often. (Read full column)

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