Academia after Brexit

This is a very interesting article. There are so many academics both unable and unwilling to communicate with anyone except a handful of colleagues who share lots of their assumptions, and have no real concerns other than winning favour and advancement from those people. And who dress up what are actually often quite straightforward ideas in loads of jargon to give their writing a veneer, and make it inaccessible other than to cognoscenti – in reality a form of snobbery. More public engagement, more contact with a wider range of people and thought, genuine ‘critical thinking’ that moves outside of narrowly-drawn realms of what is deemed acceptable, and good writing, are essential.

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2 Comments on “Academia after Brexit”

  1. Almighty Gove’s comment was indeed an extraordinary one, especially coming from an ex-Secretary of State for Education; whilst he certainly sought to ignore the academics, I do not think for one moment that he will have “silenced” them. It ain’t all over yet…

  2. I think she could have gone further on the ‘reason versus emotion’ topic, because I think emotions arise on the basis of how people experience the facts of their lives. A feeling of powerlessness is not in itself irrational, though it might produce contra-rational behaviour. There is always selection of fact, and this selection process is too often ignored by academics. The gap between one kind of selection and another can be very damaging, viz for example the complete failure of social anthropologists to have influence on our policies towards the Middle East.


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