Fear and the Scottish Referendum

Scotland votes on independence from the UK on 18 September. In this guest blog Professor Jolyon Mitchell, Academic Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, discusses the culture and rhetoric of fear surrounding the imminent referendum. Across disciplines, how can the humanities help us to understand the… Continue reading Fear and the Scottish Referendum

Why we should be less stressed about the humanities

In this guest blog, Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the School of Advanced Study, University of London, reflects upon the current status of the humanities in the UK and the USA. He argues the case for a self-confident articulation of the value of the humanities and their continuing role at the… Continue reading Why we should be less stressed about the humanities

Why it’s time for a festival of the humanities

By Professor Barry C. Smith What do you think of when someone tells you that they’re a scientist or an artist?  You probably don’t know exactly what they do – there is huge variety in the arts and the sciences – but you have a rough idea.  Compare this with someone telling you that they… Continue reading Why it’s time for a festival of the humanities