John Hartley (QUT): Lament for a Lost Running Order? Obsolescence and Academic Journals (and a reply). From The Chronicle, here's a manifesto for scholarly publishing. Publishing genius: A graduate student in Baltimore proves that a small press can hit the big time. There should be two more scholarly periodicals in medicine: "Duh!", for findings that never seemed to be in doubt in the first place, and "Huh?", for those whose usefulness remains obscure. Is there any point to "frivolous" academic research? From THES, academic styles of referencing are confusing and outdated, so why not simplify the whole thing?; and knowledge transfer is often perceived as a concept that is limited to science, but Hannah Fearn discovers it is equally relevant for the arts and humanities. The first chapter from Educating Scholars: Doctoral Education in the Humanities. From IHE, can scholarship in the humanities be done outside the ivory tower? Scott McLemee goes to Iowa to find out. How is the university, specifically the humanities and social sciences, with its rampant anti-Americanism, anti-intellectualism, muddle-brained identity politics, hostility to the unvarnished truth and all the rest to be re-conquered and restored to sanity? (and part 2) AcaWiki, a "Wikipedia for academic research", allows scholars, students, and bloggers to easily post summaries, and discuss academic papers online. PH.Dotcom: What if professors could lecture 24-7? Blog culture invades academia. From Harvard, Louis Menand on the Ph.D. problem: On the professionalization of faculty life, doctoral training, and the academy’s self-renewal. A review of Socrates in the Boardroom: Why Research Universities Should Be Led by Top Scholars by Amanda Goodall (and the first chapter and a video).
From the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, a special issue on China’s Politics under Hu Jintao. From The Economist, a special report on China and America. From the Asian Review of Books, a review of Military Culture in Imperial China by Nicola di Cosmo; and a review of Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China by Kerry Brown. John Lee on why China's 60th birthday is nothing to celebrate. A review of Will the Boat Sink the Water? The Life of Chinese Peasants by Chen Guidi and Wu Chuntao. From The Atlantic Monthly, in Yunnan province, two Americans struggle to save an ancient town from kitsch; and James Fallows thought China was killing him, but that was unfair. Tom Scocca reviews The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China by Hannah Pakula and When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order by Martin Jacques. A nation attacked by terrorists or an oppressed minority?: However one interprets the recent violence in Xinjiang, it was far from unexpected. China's race problem: Ethnocentrism might foil its quest to become the next superpower. The Hermit Kingdom: Is North Korea an unchanging, irrational Stalinist dictatorship? Four days in North Korea: In Pyongyang, the lights go out at 9 p.m. Here are some surprising findings in North and South Korea. Simon Schama says comedy rubs shoulders with catastrophe at the Demilitarised Zone that divides the two Koreas. The world of underground tattooing: South Koreans are starting to embrace tattoos, but they have to go to underground parlors to get them.
Yannis Kakridis (Bern): The Religious Roots of Linguistic Nationalism. From LRB, a review of James Lees-Milne: The Life by Michael Bloch. They didn’t roar like the ’20s, they weren’t about “me” like the ’70s — but let’s jump the gun and start figuring out what to call the ’00s. Who needs the grid? A new fuel-cell technology promises to revolutionize access to cheap, clean energy. Like the cool kids in school, fashion bloggers have become a kind of elite band; how far should luxury houses and consumers of high-end fashion embrace, or not embrace, them? Not just supermodels, they're super people: When she said no to airbrushing, Sarah Murdoch didn't just raise the bar for supermodels, she raised it for humanity. A review of Bite the Hand That Feeds You: Essays and Provocations by Henry Fairlie. A review of Picturing the Uncertain World: How to Understand, Communicate, and Control Uncertainty through Graphical Display by Howard Wainer. A look at 20 of the most shameless cultural franchises. Brother against brother: Research proves familiarity breeds contempt. Suburban Ghetto: Segregation, not immigration, is to blame for the growth of Hispanic gangs. How the talk became big business: Authors, scientists, economists are packing venues as more and more people turn to a lecture for a good night out. A review of The Mantra of Efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control by Jennifer Karns Alexander. The report to end all reports: The state of Texas requires a report on all the reports produced by its own agencies — all 1,600 of them. If tax avoidance is as old as tax itself, why are tax havens a modern phenomenon?
From Expositions, a review of Colin McGinn's Shakespeare’s Philosophy: Discovering the Meaning Behind the Plays and A.D. Nuttall's Shakespeare the Thinker. A review of The Tainted Muse: Prejudice and Presumption in Shakespeare and His Time by Robert Brustein. The Merchant of Prejudice: An article on Shakespeare as a teachable moment. From THES, an essay on Shakespeare and porn: a topic for theoretical, not practical, analysis. A review of Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds: National and Transnational Identities in the Elizabethan Age by Carole Levin and John Watkins. From TLS, were the Admiral's Men more original and theatrically brilliant than Shakespeare's company? A painting that hung for centuries in an Irish manor house may be the most authentic portrait of Shakespeare to date — but is it really him? A review of The Quest for Shakespeare: The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome by Joseph Pearce. The Bard of Rome: Kathleen Doherty Fenty on Shakespeare and the Catholic question. Skeptic's take on the life and argued works of Shakespeare: The anti-Stratfordian skeptics are back, and this time they have a Supreme Court justice on their side. Researchers claim a computer program proves Shakespeare didn't work alone. Though This Be Madness, There Is Method In’t: After sixteen years of work, Surjit Hans’ mission of translating all of Shakespeare into Punjabi is nigh an end. Illustrator Gareth Hinds transforms Shakespeare classics into graphic novels.