“Non-strategic” Eastern Europe and the fate of the humanities

Clare Cavanagh*

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Until recent events intervened, Eastern European Studies found themselves under attack at my home university and other institutions for being, among other things, “non-strategic.” We see the same notion, if not the same terminology, applied increasingly to the humanities and non-quantitative social sciences, which lose ground daily to the so-called STEM disciplines in both educational policy and practice. How do we defend the study of Eastern European literature and culture in the current academic climate? This essay defends the centrality both of literary and Eastern European studies in the twenty-first-century curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-9
Number of pages7
JournalEast European Politics and Societies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 15 2015


  • Eastern Europe in the curriculum
  • Eastern European literary studies
  • Humanities and STEM
  • Humanities in higher eduction
  • Literature in higher eduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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