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Lone-wolf culture hindering humanities

The tendency of humanities scholars to work alone and be suspicious of authority prevents them from going for leadership roles, a report by a former research director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council has found.

Shearer West, head of humanities at the University of Oxford, said in the report that “conservativism” and pleas for differential treatment among humanities researchers will need to be “tempered” to create more leaders at universities and umbrella organisations.

West told Research Fortnight that her four-year stint at the AHRC has made her aware of researchers’ attitudes to different ways of working. A shift to more collaborative working models has challenged the traditional culture of the lone scholar and the importance of the monograph. Other obstacles, she adds, include the concentration of funding on global challenges, new digital infrastructure and the shift to open-access publication.

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