Scholarship, Humanities, the Contemporary
Rather than inventing the contemporary as a possible object of scholarly inquire, this paper asks how the contemporary represents a significant challenge to the foundational structures of scholarship, particularly in the humanities. Deep seated institutional structures resist thematizing the contemporary. To study the contemporary therefore requires structural changes in the character of professional scholarship.
Professor Berman joined the Stanford faculty in 1979. In 1982-83 he was a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard, and in 1988-89 he held an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in Berlin. In 1997 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany. Professor Berman is the editor of the journal Telos.