Humanities in the Twenty-First Century

Beyond Utility and Markets

  • Eleonora Belfiore
  • Anna Upchurch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Reframing the ‘Value’ Debate for the Humanities

    1. Eleonora Belfiore, Anna Upchurch
      Pages 1-13
  3. The Humanities and Their ‘Impact’

  4. Utility v. Value

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-65
    2. Michael Bérubé
      Pages 66-76
    3. Jim McGuigan
      Pages 77-90
  5. The Humanities and Interdisciplinarity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-110
    2. Howard I. Kushner, Leslie S. Leighton
      Pages 111-136
  6. Meaning Making and the Market

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-156
    2. Anna Upchurch, Jean McLaughlin
      Pages 174-192
  7. Digitisation, Ethics, and the Humanities

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 251-256

About this book


This collection of essays by scholars with expertise in a range of fields, cultural professionals and policy makers explores different ways in which the arts and humanities contribute to dealing with the challenges of contemporary society in ways that do not rely on simplistic and questionable notions of socio-economic impact as a proxy for value.


Humanities Culture Cultural Policy Arts essay ethics interdisciplinarity Museum rhetoric society technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Eleonora Belfiore
    • 1
  • Anna Upchurch
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Cultural Policy StudiesUniversity of WarwickUK
  2. 2.School of Performance and Cultural IndustriesUniversity of LeedsUK

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