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Contemporary Culture

New Directions in Arts and Humanities Research

Robert Zwijnenberg Kitty Zijlmans Judith Thissen

266 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Are the humanities still relevant in the twenty-first century? In the context of pervasive economic liberalism and shrinking budgets due to a deep and prolonged recession, the exigency of humanities research for society is increasingly put into question. This volume claims that the humanities do indeed matter by offering empirically-grounded critical reflections on contemporary cultural practices, thereby opening up new ways of understanding social life and new directions in humanities scholarship.
Author Bio
Kitty Zijlmans is Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory/World Art Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University. Since January 2011 Director of LUCAS - Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. Judith Thissen is senior lecturer/researcher at Utrecht University in the Department of Media and Culture.