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'The Humanities' Scholarly Infrastructure Isn't in Disarray—It's Disappearing' by Emily Hamilton-Honey

Emily Hamilton-Honey, an associate professor of English and gender studies and co-chief diversity officer at the State University of New York–Canton, writes the following for Inside Higher Ed:

I was dismayed to read Steven Mintz’s Inside Higher Ed July 18 blog post, in which he argued that ‘[a] growing number of humanities scholars are drifting away from what were once considered professional obligations.’ Mintz, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, suggests that everything from book reviewing, to peer review for journal articles, to recommendation letters, to reviewing candidates for promotion and tenure is going undone because, supposedly, humanities faculty have given in to a culture of individualism and self-advancement in the face of low pay, poor reward structures, and siloed and fragmented disciplines.

While the problems of low pay and poor reward structure are certainly true, and pervasive, the idea that humanities scholars have turned into Bartlebys, that they have simply become indifferent to the broader field or do not care to engage in volunteer work that sustains the profession, is nonsense. The current struggle to fulfill obligations to the profession is not about lack of interest or will. It is about precarity, desperation, and exhaustion.

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