SCAS News - 25 June, 2014

New Book by SCAS Pro Futura Scientia Fellow Johan Östling

SCAS Pro Futura Scientia Fellow Johan Östling has recently published the book The Humboldtian Tradition: Origins and Legacies (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014) together with Peter Josephson and Thomas Karlsohn.

Östling is Associate Professor of History at Lund University and was admitted to the Pro Futura Scientia programme in 2011. He was in residence at SCAS in the spring of 2013 and will be back at the Collegium for the autumn semester of 2014. Östling spent the academic year 2013-14 as a visiting scholar in Germany; first a stint at Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam and then at Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin.

'In The Humboldtian Tradition, eleven scholars consider Wilhelm von Humboldt as a historical phenomenon and a contemporary symbol. Inspired by the growing body of literature that in recent years has problematized the modern research university, they put Humboldt’s basic academic principles into context and discuss their significance for the current debate about higher education.

The authors draw on the latest research in order to bring the educational and research policies of our day into perspective. At a time when the university is undergoing deep-seated transformations worldwide, they address the question how we should relate to the ideas associated with Humboldt’s name. What is his relevance to the twenty-first century?'

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