New scholarly journal
offers forum on contemporary culture
The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog
knows one big thing.
-- Archilochus, Greek poet (ca. 675-635, B.C.E.)
a globalizing consumer society of dizzying technological and social
change, do we each have a "true self"? Or do we play,
sometimes eatively, through a series of roles and images that
we construct and that are constructed for us?
in today's world is the theme of the first issue of The Hedgehog
Review: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture, a new scholarly
journal published at U.Va. The interdisciplinary, international
journal, aimed at a general as well as academic readership, is
published by the Institute
for Advanced Studies in Culture, under the executive directorship
of James Davison Hunter, the William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology
and Religious Studies, who serves as the magazine's executive
first issue, with articles by European and U.S. scholars from
a variety of fields, examines such topics affecting identity as
glamour, consumerism, cyberspace, ethnicity and the body.
want The Hedgehog Review to be a forum for thoughtful, engaged
discussion of important cultural questions by scholars from throughout
the humanities and social sciences," said Jennifer L. Geddes,
a religion and literature scholar who is the editor and a fellow
at the Institute.
published three times a year, will address a single theme with
articles, interviews, reviews and bibliographies written by scholars
in various disciplines. Upcoming themes include democracy, evil,
the university, diversity and the body. By focusing attention
from many vantage points on one topic, the journal strives for
both "the breadth of the fox and the depth of the hedgehog"
and seeks to be a resource for learning about current discussions
and new avenues of thought, said Geddes, who received her Ph.D.
in religious studies at U.Va.
in the first issue, based on an institute lecture series held
at U.Va., include Zygmunt Bauman, emeritus professor of sociology
at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw, and author of Globalization:
The Human Consequences; David Harvey, professor of geography at
Johns Hopkins whose books include The Limits to Capital; Mike
Featherstone, professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University
and author of Consumer Culture and Postmodernism; and Institute
fellow Joseph E. Davis, who also served as the first issue's guest
editor and who reviews some of the extensive literature on identity
and social change, discussing directions in which contemporary
scholarship on identity has moved. The purpose of the Institute
for Advanced Studies in Culture is to examine the profound changes
taking place in contemporary society. It has sponsored such major
projects as a national survey of American political culture conducted
with the Gallup Poll to determine public views about the state
of political life and democracy.
a wide-ranging program of research, graduate training, lectures
and conferences, the institute investigates contemporary cultural
change and its implications for individuals and society.
For information about the institute, The Hedgehog Review, or subscriptions,
contact the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, B-5 Garrett
Hall, U.Va., Charlottesville, VA 22903, 924-7705, or firstname.lastname@example.org.