Burning Classics Down

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What constitutes an academic field?

  1. The Idea of Classics: professional Classics constitutes an imagined space, a field, that is continuously redefined and refined. What are the boundaries that define the professional classicists’ intellectual area? What sort of work is inside, what outside these boundaries? Like everyone and their mother, I have a take on this hoary topic (What is Classics?). The book Postclassicisms is another place to explore the field’s intellectual structure (with Johanna Hanink’s review in the TLS). As I pointed out in my post on this book, there is another aspect of professional Classics that is less often discussed.
  2. The Classics in Institutional form: Classics is more than an idea. It is also a set of practices embedded in institutions, particularly universities. We can talk more easily about the ideas of Classics, but often struggle to talk about the practices and their institutional forms of Classics. Not only do practices and institutions differ internationally and intra-nationally, many institutional practices and forms are not unique to Classics, making them seem like part of a different topic. But the difficulty should not blind us to the fact that institutional forms and practices (e.g., job interviews, tenure-lines, graduate admissions, journal editorships, letters of recommendation, the structure of majors/programs, exams, grades) ARE integral parts of the field of professional Classics.

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