The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Scolarship for Scholarship's Sake

Many of you know I have a bee in my bonnet about this topic. Here is an interesting article I found today

I think it has a lot to say. Why shouldn't we learn for the sake of it? Is that so wrong?


J said...

I don't know, Jenny. I think about this issue all the time. Mostly, while I love what I do and I love what I study, I do recognize that I will eventually need to earn enough to feed myself, and there are just not that many places willing to pay for my obscure, esoteric skills. I am humbly grateful to my funding agency for funding my research, but I am well-aware that mine is one of the research titles that will be seized upon by angry tax-payers as an example of uselessness. So I guess what I am trying to say is that while I can justify learning for the sake of it, I'm not sure that having a closed system wherein we just impart that irrelevant knowledge to eager young minds who will go on to seek their own dark corner to study for the sake of it, is justifiable.

Jenny said...

I think there's room for all. But it makes me sad that learning because you love learning, rather than it necessarily being of use is so maligned.

I think I'm just cynical about the very target/product driven culture that we live in. It manifests in these strange fixations...