This was a question asked by a colleague when she heard that an entire art history department was to be axed due to the monetarist ideology of our times.
I found out recently that staff at La Trobe University in Melbourne have been told that they no longer have jobs, and that their department no longer exists.
Just read this and think about its implications:
“Last week La Trobe University proposed a major restructure of their Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Titled the Organisational Change Impact Statement (OCIS), the proposal calls for a restructure of the traditional Bachelor of Arts in order to increase the university’s "market share". As a result, 45 equivalent full time positions will go, and the range of subjects will be reduced from 1230 to 400.”
Full article here.
I urge everybody who reads this blog, and who cares about art history, to sign this petition in support of our art history colleagues at La Trobe. I fear that this is the thin end of the wedge, and well, it doesn’t bode well for the future of the humanities anywhere, if the corporate razor can cut down departments like this.
Apologies for not posting lately, but I’ve not had much time for art history. I’ve been dealing with a bereavement and am snowed under with various things at the end of term. I knew that I had to speak out on this issue though.
Hope to be back on an even keel next month.