An article by Faculty Fellow Joseph Davis is published in the newly released Palgrave Handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine, which features articles by leading sociologists from around the globe who examine social theory and healthcare. Joe Davis’s article is entitled “Ivan Illich and Irving Kenneth Zola: Disabling Medicalisation.” Davis explores the critical perspectives of these two pioneer theorists and the ways their critiques of health and limits of medicine overlap in important ways. The article outlines the ways in which their perspective “directs our attention to the deep cultural and institutional roots of the problem of limits.” Read the abstract here.
On April 1, the Institute welcomed filmmaker and journalist Peter Pomerantsev, author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, to lead a discussion on Vladimir Putin and contemporary Russia. Putin’s politics, as Pomerantsev describes has “essentially created a new type of authoritarian rule, which isn’t based on classic indoctrination, like that of the Nazis. The Kremlin is much more supple when it comes to ideology.”
Find photos and video from the lecture here.
On April 1, Institute senior fellow Matt Crawford‘s new book The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction was released, and its discussion of attention is getting, well, attention. Over the past week, several news sources have featured Crawford and his book: National Review and The Independent featured interviews with Crawford; The New Criterion and The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a review of the book; and WVTF radio aired a piece on Crawford’s new book.
Explore these articles about the book, and get you own copy of the book here.
On The Chronicle of Higher Education, Faculty Fellow Chad Wellmon delivers a sharp rebuttal to the scoldings: “the specialized scholar is an anachronism. Disciplinarity is dead. Or it should be.” In his article, “In Defense of Specialization” Wellmon points out what these “jeremiads” ignore in their arguments. Read his defense in full here.
Wellmon’s newest book, now in print, Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University explores more closely, among many dilemmas, the history and ramifications of intellectual specialization.
Associate fellow Anna Marazuela Kim will speak on the relationship between images and violence March 31 at Willamette University. Her lecture is titled “The New (Old) Image Wars: Rethinking Image and Violence after Paris.” Learn more about this event hosted by the Stonenburgh Lectureship Fund of the Department of Art History at Willamette University.
Kim recently completed her PhD at the University of Virginia and will be in residence during 2015-16 as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she continues to develop her research on the art of the Italian Renaissance and is helping to launch an interdisciplinary MA course at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Visiting Fellow Johann Neem is featured as a main voice in The Boston Globe article “Bringing a charter-school approach to college,” which explores the debate on alternative post-secondary education programs. “Neem argues that this approach [competency-based education supported by public funds] could actually increase inequality between those who can afford to attend four-year colleges…and those for whom low cost is, by economic necessity, their primary criterion for choosing a school.” Read more about this higher education policy discussion here.
As a visiting fellow at the Institute, Neem has been working on a book about the origins and purposes of American public education.
There are many possible futures in the 21st century—possibly none more potent and strange than what’s brewing in contemporary Russia. Vladimir Putin’s society of the spectacle, in which the idea of objective truth has been obliterated, may be the first truly postmodern society. Peter Pomerantsev will explore this oddity: “the politics of culture in Putin’s Russia.”
Journalist and filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev, author of the recent Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia, will speak Wednesday, April 1 at 4:00 pm in Garrett Hall at U.Va. Book signing and a reception will follow. The event is open to the public. Please join us!
Learn more about the upcoming event here.
On March 25, the New York Times featured a story about the life, work, and ideas of Matthew Crawford, a senior fellow at the Institute. The article specifically spotlights Crawford’s new book The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction, released next week. The article’s author notes that rather than delivering another antitechnology lament, “Mr. Crawford skips quickly past smartphones and other devices to what he sees as the deeper problem: the Enlightenment notion of the autonomous self.” Read the article in full here.
The New York Times is not the only one taking notice of Crawford and his new book. Chicago Tribune reviewed The World Beyond Your Head. Phi Delta Kappan magazine featured his article, “Learn a Trade.” Comment magazine headlined an interview with Crawford “on skilled practice and perceiving the world” in their spring 2015 issue, “The Work of our Hands.”
A New York Times editorial, “A Case for Free Range Parenting”, cites findings from the Culture of American Families Project: while many parents remember their own childhood and its freedom, few grant similar freedom to their own children. This difference captured by CAF research is the focus of the op-ed. Learn more about the Culture of American Families and explore its findings.
Released in 2012, the Culture of American Families Project is a three-year investigation into the family cultures that are impacting the next generation of American adults. Designed and conducted by the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, this project adapts the tools of contemporary social science to an investigation that is broadly interpretive and contextual. Our goal is to distinguish the cultural frameworks and diverse moral narratives that both inform and are informed by American family life. Specifically, this involves telling the complex story of parents’ habits, dispositions, hopes, fears, assumptions, and expectations for their children.
A new article appearing in Society features the research of the Culture of American Families, a three-year investigation into the family cultures that are impacting the next generation of American adults. Director of Interviews Jeff Dill uses evidence from an interview study of 101 parents of school-aged children in the United States in “The Parent Trap: The Challenges of Socializing for Autonomy and Independence.”
The article examines the idea of “thinking for yourself”. In the United States, parents overwhelming rank “thinking for yourself” as a top priority for their children, but the Culture of American Families research suggests that the meanings parents affix to “thinking for yourself are complex and varied. The article explores these meanings, and their implications for parenting.