The significance of humanities scholarship in challenging times

Discussion forum and reading group: next meeting 23 February 2021

The next meeting of the discussion forum and reading group takes place on Tuesday 23 February, 4-5 pm on Teams ('What keeps us going?' Humanities Discussion Forum). We invite all interested colleagues and postgraduate researchers in CACSSS to join us for an informal discussion, in which we exchange thoughts about our work in the humanities disciplines, sharing what matters to us as scholars and teachers, reflecting on our research as a source of continuity, consolation and critical insight in times of difficulty, and providing each other with support. Each meeting will take as its starting point a brief reading (texts to be pre-circulated and briefly introduced by their nominator). The text for 23 February 2021 is Jacques Derrida, 'The Principle of Reason: The University in the Eyes of its Pupils' (1983). Copies are available in the 'Files' area of the Teams channel; or email to request a copy.

The discussions take place on Tuesdays (note changed day) from 4 to 5 pm on MS Teams. Remaining dates and texts for semester 2 are as follows:

Tuesday 9 March 4-5 pm: excerpts from Simon Marginson, The Dream is Over: The Crisis of Clark Kerr's California Idea of Higher Education (2016) and Higher Education and the Common Good (2016).

Tuesday 30 March 4-5 pm: Hannah Arendt, 'The Crisis in Education' (1954)

Tuesday 20 April 4-5 pm: text tbc.

All are welcome to join. Please contact Caitríona Ní Dhúill ( and / or Gert Hofmann ( for further information or if you would like to suggest a text for discussion at a future meeting.


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