Truth to Power: Public Intellectuals

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Karyn Hollis, Villanova University


Edited by Silvia Nagy-Zekmi and Karyn Hollis
Villanova University

Under contract
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing

We are searching for articles to accompany the essays we have already assembled for this volume which presents new scholarship on the role of the intellectual in society and specifically in academe. Intellectuals have been negotiating access to public discourse for centuries, but never have their opinions been more crucial to the public good. According to Edward Said, the main function of the intellectual is to "speak the truth to power" (hence our title) and to be "a witness to persecution and suffering, supplying a dissenting voice in conflicts with authority." That these voices, however, are often drowned out in the media fray or are absent altogether, cries out for public deliberation itself. Our book provides one arena for this essential deliberation.

Essays included address such notions as the decline of American public intellectuals and their entrapment between Academe and the "real" world as well as between the private and the public spheres. In an era of a worldwide political and economic crisis, these concerns are timelier than ever. We are looking for essays that address these general topics or more specific questions, such as how can the voices of scholars and erudite thinkers penetrate the globalized, corporate media? And how do media receive and represent the contribution of intellectuals to the academic and public spheres? Our volume addresses the transition from the restrictive Bush era to the more open public discourse under the Obama administration and explores possible answers to these questions with a special focus on the humanities.

If you have written an essay which you believe might fit our volume, please sent it to ( or no later than January 31, 2010. Articles will be reviewed by the editorial board of the publisher and should be no longer than 15 pages (double spaced), MLA format of (in-text citation and works cited section). Use footnotes only for comments, not for bibliographical references. Times New Roman, 12pt.