Academic charisma and the origins of the research university

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academic charisma and the origins of the research university

Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University by William Clark

Tracing the transformation of early modern academics into modern researchers from the Renaissance to Romanticism, Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University uses the history of the university and reframes the Protestant Ethic to reconsider the conditions of knowledge production in the modern world.

William Clark argues that the research university—which originated in German Protestant lands and spread globally in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries—developed in response to market forces and bureaucracy, producing a new kind of academic whose goal was to establish originality and achieve fame through publication. With an astonishing wealth of research, Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University investigates the origins and evolving fixtures of academic life: the lecture catalogue, the library catalog, the grading system, the conduct of oral and written exams, the roles of conversation and the writing of research papers in seminars, the writing and oral defense of the doctoral dissertation, the ethos of lecturing with applause and publish or perish, and the role of reviews and rumor. This is a grand, ambitious book that should be required reading for every academic.
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Tracing the transformation of early modern academics into modern researchers from the Renaissance to Romanticism, Academic Charisma and the Origins of.
William Clark

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William Clark offers a new take on the much-studied history of universities. His focus is on the German universities in which the notion developed that the central purpose of a university was research a famous formulation by Wilhelm von Humboldt is quoted on p. Part of Clark's new approach consists in telling the story of universities as a struggle between two of Max Weber's types of authority: charismatic and rational. Academics cultivate charisma by insisting on their professorial dignity and by gathering admirers of their lecturing and their research achievements. Bureaucrats constantly try to regulate academics by defining and enforcing their duties and requiring them to report on their own work and that of their students Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.

William Clark. Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, As William Clark states in the first line, his "odd" book is "befitting the subject" p. In a time when universities are judging by the titles published about them being corporatized, McDonaldized, diabolized by certain right-wing groups or otherwise redefined in their purpose, a thorough look at the historical habitus of universities and their quaint practices may indeed seem to swim against the current. At a time when over half the "masters" in American universities that is, the regularly-contracted professors have been forced into the cringing role of part-time or "contingent" faculty, Clark's central thesis--that it was professorial charisma that drove the rise of the modern research university--may also appear quaint. It is, in any case, novel.

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