Well, they're just a bunch of old books
February 4, 2010 8:36 PM Subscribe
posted by hiteleven (82 comments total)
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King's College London is planning to eliminate 22 positions in Arts and Humanities
, including the elimination of the entire
Other plans include merging the Byzantine department with Classics, and eliminating several language positions.
The most galling aspect of this, however, is the elimination of the Palaeography department, and "the only established chair in the subject in the country", as Professor Beard states in this blog post. As she goes on to say, "The only way that we can hope to understand books and manuscripts of the past (not just how to read them, but also to work out why they were as the were.. and what difference it makes) is to keep the study of palaeography alive."
Considering that the majority of English history occurred before the invention of printing, it's a bit ridiculous to dismiss the importance of being able to read centuries' worth of primary source materials.