Academics and the new public intellectual

Buettner, Angi & Mitchell, Peta (2009) Academics and the new public intellectual. In Giberson, Tom & Giberson, Greg (Eds.) The Knowledge Economy Academic and the Commodification of Higher Education. Hampton Press, Cresskill, NJ, pp. 13-26.


In this essay, we outline an emerging form of public intellectualism in the humanities sector of Australian higher education. We argue that debates over public intellectualism and its relation to the academy in Australia have largely been focused on the tension between polemics and politics. These debates have also tended to ignore or overlook policy drivers within the sector and alternative or new media sites of public intellectualism. Shifting the focus towards policy drivers in the knowledge economy—such as knowledge transfer and third-stream funding—and understanding the nature of the university as a public sphere in itself reveals a new economy of the public intellectual as a professional knowledge worker. This new economy, we argue, may well render obsolete many of the previous debates over public intellectualism in the humanities. However, we anticipate that it will generate new debates over the relationship between the individual and the institutional, and between the concepts of public profile and public role—debates that will affect, in particular, early career academics who are the inheritors of this new economy of the public intellectual.

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ID Code: 69232
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Classified as B1 for 2010 HERDC
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Keywords: Public intellectualism, Higher education, Media, HERN
ISBN: 9781572739093
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2014 03:12
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 00:39

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