Humanities

Leonard Cohen

As the first anniversary of the singer-songwriter’s death passes, his childhood friend Kenneth Asch reflects on the place of both the institution and the musician in Quebec’s fractured cultural mosaic

Elly Walton illustration (2 November 2017)

Identifying intellectual junctions, intersections and sites for negotiation can give your academic rite of passage the right of way, says Zachary Foster    

Camera in car mirror

David Matthews learns how archivists deal with enquiries about material collected by the former East Germany’s secret police that can still destroy reputations

Hawaiian shirt at the Wailing Wall

In a pair of books exploring aspects of Jewish identity, Devorah Baum reflects on Jewishness and the human condition. She talks about turning uncomfortable ‘Jewish feelings’ such as guilt into something positive, and how humour is a way of coping with life’s trials

Statue of Socrates, Athens

Humanities subjects do support economic growth and good citizenship, but their real value lies deeper, says Andrew Moore

Snow on campus

Liberal arts colleges are often perceived as being elite and irrelevant. But the best among them excel in areas such as engagement and focus on critical thinking. Ellie Bothwell explores whether liberal arts education has become redundant – or simply needs a makeover

Tattoo artist

Matthew Reisz considers different styles of scholarship and whether we are forced to choose between them

David Cannadine

The distinguished historian talks to Matthew Reisz about his latest book and his new role as president of the British Academy

Stanford Memorial Church

Peking University joins the top 20 of the Times Higher Education subject table for the first time

railway track

Staff covering for academics on leave are often given no time to conduct research themselves

Robot waiter

Digital humanities pioneer Gregory Crane argues academics are failing to fully utilise the new tools of scholarship

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Major evaluation of country’s research landscape also found that internationalisation was a key area for improvement

Singing mice

From the Victorian slum-dwellers whose lives were transformed after they found a warbling rodent, to the jazz-like sound of mouse music, Richard Sugg says that if you take strange stories seriously, you may find something beautiful

Boat on a lake in Norway

Stephen Mumford tells Matthew Reisz about his desire to bring his discipline to a wider audience, why Norway was the perfect place to write his Cartesian debut novel and why insights into causation have more practical relevance than might first appear

Abandoned classroom

Number of bachelor's degrees awarded in field down 5 per cent year-on-year

Soldier with head in hands

Witnessing the work of military surgical teams in Afghanistan caused conflicting emotions in an academic author and a sense of the futility of war and of his own profession

A woman in a yoga pose

John Shand appreciates a study of how humans cope when life throws them a curve ball

General John Pershing inspects female telephone operators serving in Europe

June Purvis on the female pioneers on the frontline in the war to end all wars

A woman wearing a kimono

East Asia’s most iconic garment is as dynamic as any Western mode of dress, finds Joy Hendry

Stuart Hall

Book of the week: Fred Inglis yearns for post-1964 insights from the life of an icon of the intellectual Left