The humanities and the social sciences are facing an uncertain future at universities as undergraduate enrollment has been steadily declining over the past decade. At the same time, a renewed debate is challenging the exclusionary and oppressive histories surrounding the formation of academic knowledge and the role academia plays in preserving these legacies. This interdisciplinary seminar will convene scholars who study the history of academic disciplines to reflect meaningfully on their uncertain present and future.
This seminar welcomes presentations on new work and works in progress in the history and politics of academic knowledge. It will bring together scholars from different fields, including history, anthropology, and literature, to reflect on the ways in which disciplinary knowledge has historically been invested in the fashioning and contestation of subjectivities, legal orders, nations, and empires in Europe and beyond.