Concern that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects subjects may squeeze out arts in post-92 institutions, writes John Morgan for THE:
Academics fear closure will follow for the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, which was Middlesex’s highest-rated department in the 2008 research assessment exercise. A Middlesex spokesman said no decision had been made about the centre’s future.
In a letter to Times Higher Education published this week, 30 leading academics say the “abrupt closure” of Middlesex’s programmes is “a matter of national and international concern”. The signatories include: Slavoj Žižek, co-director of the International Centre for Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London; Alain Badiou, emeritus professor of philosophy at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris; and Gayatri Spivak, university professor in the humanities at Columbia University in the US.
Middlesex staff and students received a shout-out at Sheila Rowbotham’s packed-out talk at the LRB Bookshop to launch Dreamers of a New Day last night.
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