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Innovation & Tradition

The Arts, Humanities and the Knowledge Economy

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Jane Kenway, Elizabeth Bullen and Simon Robb

Knowledge economy policies typically seek to harness higher education to economic outcomes. Tensions between the arts and humanities and the commercial imperatives of the knowledge economy are growing. This book explores how these tensions are played out within international and national higher education policies, within university arts and humanities departments and within the process of writing itself. Essays in this collection investigate the impact of the knowledge economy phenomenon on the arts and humanities and suggest both practical and creative ways of responding to this global policy environment. This book is relevant to scholars who are re-thinking the theory and practice of the arts and humanities within the context of globalization, information technology and entrepreneurship. It will interest students and academics whose courses engage with notions of «the commodity», «knowledge», and «creativity» within the fields of cultural and media studies, education and sociology. It will be of particular interest to academics and postgraduates researching contemporary higher education policy, cultural policy and research policy.
Contents: Simon Robb/Elizabeth Bullen: A Provocation – Elizabeth Bullen/Jane Kenway/Simon Robb: Can the Arts and Humanities Survive the Knowledge Economy? A Beginner’s Guide to the Issues – Stuart Macintyre: The Humanities in the Knowledge Economy – Greg Hainge: The Death of Education, a Sad Tale (DEST): Of Anti-Pragmatic Pragmatics and the Loss of the Absolute in Australian Tertiary Education – Linda Marie Walker: The Impossible Being Becomes (Possibly) – Stephen Loo: Choose Technology, Choose Economics: The Ethico-Aesthetic Obligation of the Arts and Humanities – Chika Anyanwu: Innovation and Creativity in the Humanities: Accepting the Challenges – Susan Luckman: More Than the Sum of Its Parts: The Humanities and Communicating the «Hidden Work» of Research – Sarah Redshaw: The Uses of Knowledge: Collaboration, Commercialization, and the Driving Cultures Project – Emily Potter: Ecological Becoming and the Marketplace of Knowledge – Stuart Cunningham: The Humanities, Creative Arts, and International Innovation Agendas – Paul Jeffcutt: Connectivity and Creativity in Knowledge Economies: Exploring Key Debates – Jane Kenway/Elizabeth Bullen/Simon Robb: Global Knowledge Politics and «Exploitable Knowledge».