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The Future Of The Humanities And Humanities-History In The Automatic University

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Scholars, like snails, reproduce asexually. Asexual reproduction would seem, to anyone who has participated in the sexual variety, to be a much easier and safer proposition. Graduate students in the humanities must become scholars in what is for their fields, a very short time when seen in historical perspective. Research is a culturally specific, even locally specific activity that needs to be learned. The corporate model stresses efficiency, cost-effectiveness and ultimately, productivity. Automation is actually reproduced in its structures the hierarchy of prestige by embedding such criteria in evaluation and largely excluding internal qualitative criteria. Such automation also streamlines and produces operational justifications for its own methods, further reinforcing the benefits administrators derive from it. Not only to do time limits on Ph.D. studies favour automation, they are a crucial function of automated funding, admission and evaluative regimes.

Keywords: corporate model; humanities; Ph.D. studies; reproduction; scholars



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