The Intellectual: A Phenomenon in Multidimensional Perspectives


The Intellectual: A Phenomenon in Multidimensional Perspectives


Edited by Nikita Basov, Georg F. Simet, Jeroen van Andel, Sechaba Mahlomaholo  and Vhonani Netshandama

Year: 2010

Format: eBook


The book we are happy to introduce here is a product of the 3rd Global Conference Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, Ideas held in Prague, Czech Republic, May 6-8, 2010. This conference is part of the Intellectuals project run by Inter-Disciplinary.Net, which is a forum for the exchange and interaction of ideas on a wide range of issues of concern and interest in the contemporary world.

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The ‘Intellectuals’ project is one of the central projects for the Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It seeks to explore the role, character, nature and place of intellectuals and intellectual work in contemporary society. Its purpose is to build, by annual conferences and network interactions between the participants, both an evidenced and critical understanding of the intellectual and intellectual work in the past and present. It also attempts to understand the prospects for the future and to find optimal ways of knowledge creation.

Dialogue facilitated by Inter-Disciplinary.Net is to enable people to go beyond the boundaries of what they usually encounter and share in perspectives that are new, challenging, and richly rewarding. This kind of dialogue often illuminates one’s own area of work, is suggestive of new possibilities for development, and is to create exciting horizons for future conversations with persons from a wide variety of national and international settings. The call for papers for the 3rd Global Conference of the ‘Intellectuals’ project encouraged papers of two main thematic areas: Intellectuals and the End of the Academy; and Intellectuals after the Cultural Turn.

Georg F. Simet and Nikita Basov

PART I Intellectuals and Ideas
Trashing Truth in Eight Easy Steps: The Decline of Intellectual Commitment and the Importance of  Militant Atheism
Jerrold L. Kachur

A Defence of Philosophy
Carlos David García Mancilla

Theoretical Discourse on the Challenges of  Black Intellectuals in Post-modern America
Tunde Adeleke

Power and Powerlessness of Intellectuals in Turkey: The Debate on ‘Turkishness’ and the Murder of Hrant Dink
Georg F. Simet

Powerlessness, Lamentation and Nostalgia: Discourses of the Post-Soviet Intelligentsia in Modern Latvia
Olga Procevska

PART II The University, Knowledge and the Intellectual
From Distributed Knowledge Creation to Intelligent Knowledge-Creating Systems
Nikita Basov & Anna Shirokanova

Sustainable Empowering Learning Environments: Conversations with Gramsci’s Organic Intellectual
Sechaba Mahlomaholo & Vhonani Netshandama

The Return of the Democratic Intellect?
Jim Moir

From Academic to Customer: the Paradox of Post-Modern Higher Education
Jeroen van Andel

The Role of Community Engagement in Higher Education: Focus On the Discourse Relating To Knowledge Development
Vhonani Netshandama & Sechaba Mahlomaholo

PART III The Intellectual and the Cultural Turn
The Role of the Intellectual: Shakespeare’s Exploration of Contemplative Life vs. Active Life in ‘The Tempest’
Unhae Langis

Three Centuries before the Cultural Turn; or, the Critic on the Print Market in Early Eighteenth-Century England
Michelle Syba

The Last Epic Storyteller and his Fictional Rewriting in People’s Republic of China
Kenny K. K. NG

‘Imagining the Unimaginable’: The Importance of Storytelling for J.M. Coetzee’s Intellectual Practice
Claire Heaney

Intellectual in the Field of Contemporary Art
Oleksandra Nenko

Notes on Contributors

Nikita Basov is a PhD in Sociology, post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Sociology of Saint Petersburg Sate University, Russia. His major interests and research topics include social innovation, social self-organization, network structures, integrative processes in social systems, knowledge creation in the networks of intellectuals and in interorganzational networks, non-linear management.

Georg F. Simet is co-founder and Vice President of the Neuss University for International Business, Germany, where he teaches Theory and Propaedeutics of Science. His main research area in this respect is the development of the EU with a particular focus on Greece and Turkey.

Jeroen van Andel is a PhD student at the Centre for Educational Training, Assessment and Research. His major interests and research topics include Demand-driven education, higher education, neo-liberalism, New Public Management, consumerism and post-modernity.

Sechaba MG Mahlomaholo is the Research Professor in the School of Education, North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, having worked at 5 Higher Education institutions in that country. He considers himself an emerging organic intellectual whose work is informed by the emancipatory agenda, located in a spectrum of theoretical positions ranging from Critical Theory, Post-Coloniality, Feminist and Critical Race Theories.

Vhonani Netshandama is Professor and Director of the Center for Community Engagement at the University of Venda in South Africa. Her research interest lies in finding powerful ways of connecting the rich intellectual and other resources of the universities to the needs of marginalised and excluded communities.