Global Academe Engaging Intellectual Discourse

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-01-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Nagy-Zekmi and Hollis address the representation of the economic, political, and cultural interrelations between agents involved in the process of intellectual activity. They also analyze the transformation in intellectual production and the changing role of academics themselves, while reviewing the transition from an objectivist, historical standpoint to imaginative constructs based on cultural relativism. Examples of past and current attitudes of intellectuals are thus analyzed from a transnational perspective by focusing on the exchange of ideologies, the practices of state-power, democracy, and anti-democracy, up to the public deliberations surrounding such issues as the "war on terror."

Author Biography

Silvia Nagy-Zekmi is a professor of Hispanic and Cultural Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the director of the Cultural Studies Program' at Villanova University. She has published extensively on. Latin American and North African literature contextuatized by postcolonial and other cultural theories. Karyn Hollis is a professor in the English Department at Villanova University where she directs the Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric and teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Table of Contents

PART I: Homo Academicus: Making the Case * From Rational to Relevant: What Counts as “Public” Knowledge?--J. Scott Andrews * From the Organic to the Accidental: Cultural Studies and the Proliferation of Contemporary Categories of the Academic as Public Intellectual--Handel K. Wright * Beyond the Specialist/Generalist Framework? Reflections on Three Decades of the Comparative History of Intellectual Discourse--Kjetil Ansgar Jakobsen * Homo Academicus, Quo Vadis?--Jan Servaes * The Enemy Within? Intellectuals and Violence in the “Postmodern Condition”--Matteo Stocchetti * Far Out! : The Existential Situation of the African-American Public Intellectual--Adebe DeRango-Adem * Language and Limitations: Toward a New Praxis of Public Intellectualism--Kathryn Comer and Timothy Jensen * PART II: Case Studies * Should Philosophers Become Public Intellectuals?--Sam Rickless * The Ethics of Public Intellectual Work--David Beard * Antonio Cornejo Polar and the Engagement of Intellectuals--ulises J. Zevallos-Aguilar * International Perspectives on Speaking Truth to Power--D. Ray Heisey * imagined Community Service: The Need for Queer Approaches to Service Learning--Amin Myers * Writing with an Accent--Lahcen Ezzaher

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