Provocation #2: Scholarship is the New Conservative
Provocations is our annual public forum tackling controversies in the arts and humanities, presented in collaboration with the Sydney Review of Books. This year, join keynote provocateurs Andrew Gibson, Jennifer Rutherford and James Ley to address our Provocation #2: Scholarship is the New Conservative. You don’t have to agree with Joseph North’s contention that the historicist/contextualist paradigm usurped the revolutionary potential of literary criticism to recognise that the radicalising intentions of the 1960s and 1970s now sit comfortably within the “knowledge production” machinery and metrics of the contemporary university (Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History, 2017). This year we invite provocateurs to engage fearlessly with the future of Humanities scholarship.