Economies of prestige: The place of Iberian studies in the American University

Title:
Economies of prestige: The place of Iberian studies in the American University
Authors:
Faber, Sebastiaan
Abstract:
This essay analyses the rise of Iberian cultural studies as the latest phase in the long struggle for status and prestige that has marked the institutional history of Hispanism in the American academy. I argue that Iberian cultural studies can in part be seen as an attempt to reinvent and reinvigorate a field that had long found itself marginalized, and to overcome the disciplinary ideologies and practices that contributed to that marginalization. The focus on prestige allows me to highlight the dynamics that help determine the institutional status of different fields: their cultural capital, their power and presence in terms of funding and personnel, as well as the level of their autonomy or dependence vis-a-vis other disciplines. Hispanists in the United States have been quite aware of the precarious institutional status of their field, and concerns about the status of the discipline, as well as efforts to boost it, have long been the explicit focus of discussions and debates in Hispanist journals, books, and conferences. My analysis takes the history of these discussions as one of its main points of departure. I especially focus on the years during which Hispanism was established as an academic discipline, roughly between 1915 and 1925, and on the impact of the Spanish Civil War and its immediate aftermath.
Citation:
Faber, Sebastiaan. "Economies of Prestige: The Place of Iberian Studies in the American University." Hispanic Research Journal 9.1 (2008): 7-32.
Publisher:
Maney Publishing
DATE ISSUED:
2008-02
Department:
Hispanic Studies
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1179/174582008X269990
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/310040

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dc.contributor.authorFaber, Sebastiaanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:23:50Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:23:50Zen
dc.date.issued2008-02en
dc.identifier.citationFaber, Sebastiaan. "Economies of Prestige: The Place of Iberian Studies in the American University." Hispanic Research Journal 9.1 (2008): 7-32.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1468-2737en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/310040en
dc.description.abstractThis essay analyses the rise of Iberian cultural studies as the latest phase in the long struggle for status and prestige that has marked the institutional history of Hispanism in the American academy. I argue that Iberian cultural studies can in part be seen as an attempt to reinvent and reinvigorate a field that had long found itself marginalized, and to overcome the disciplinary ideologies and practices that contributed to that marginalization. The focus on prestige allows me to highlight the dynamics that help determine the institutional status of different fields: their cultural capital, their power and presence in terms of funding and personnel, as well as the level of their autonomy or dependence vis-a-vis other disciplines. Hispanists in the United States have been quite aware of the precarious institutional status of their field, and concerns about the status of the discipline, as well as efforts to boost it, have long been the explicit focus of discussions and debates in Hispanist journals, books, and conferences. My analysis takes the history of these discussions as one of its main points of departure. I especially focus on the years during which Hispanism was established as an academic discipline, roughly between 1915 and 1925, and on the impact of the Spanish Civil War and its immediate aftermath.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherManey Publishingen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1179/174582008X269990en
dc.subject.departmentHispanic Studiesen_US
dc.titleEconomies of prestige: The place of Iberian studies in the American Universityen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalHispanic Research Journalen_US
dc.subject.keywordCulture--Study and teachingen_US
dc.subject.keywordInterdisciplinary approach in educationen_US
dc.subject.keywordUniversities and colleges--Curriculaen_US
dc.subject.keywordHistory--Study and teachingen_US
dc.subject.keywordIberiansen_US
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