Outsiders strike back
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Australian humanities research is in the anomalous position of receiving less funding per researcher than other disciplines but more scrutiny from elected and self appointed monitors of the public interest. The former is universal, longstanding and will be long-enduring. However, the latter is local and, I shall argue, temporary. In contrast to Australia, right wing attacks on 'liberal' research and teaching in the US has concentrated not on the humanities, but on stem cell and other scientific research and the teaching of the science of evolution. Australia has long had Opposition 'waste-watch' committees and other instances of Parliamentary and public anti-intellectualism, but only recently has the Government taken any notice.
Creating value: The humanities & their publics
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