|Wednesday June 19, 2013|
'We should move from corporate interest to authorship development' (Edmundo Benaján, 1972).
The notion of research has changed over the years within the academic environment. The intersection between technological and scientific comercial development renders the idea of freedom almost incompatible with epistemological investigations. Within academia there is a strong corporate which turns freedom of argumentation into a process of negotiation between authors, readers and institutions. We believe that no research project can avoid these three dimensions [those of authors, readers and institutions]. Our notion of research is not only connected with a particular subject, but also with an audience, with a conceptual evolution, with a historiographical perspective, with institutional interests and with the question of authorship.
Photo: Main street entrance to the Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio, Bologna, 1992.
Terminus ad quem
Technology and Research
There is no doubt that technological apparatus and developments from computers to databases are useful tools for the academic researcher. However the task of the researcher has not changed much in intellectual terms over the years. A piece of paper and a pencil, within an adequate environment are still the basic requirements for the production of a good book or article. Innovative approaches to a particular subject do not result from the amount of information exhibited but from the epistemological perpective developed.
Photo: Aula Magna, Biblioteca della Università di Bologna, 1992.
The bookish space
The book's production responds mainly to corporate interest or to marketing and financial considerations. The book as vehicle of language and/or as artistic object concerns only a minority of people. Paradoxically, the greater the number of books produced and sold, the greater the concept and value of book is diffused, the lesser is the attention paid to the relation between thinking and producing physical books.
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