Journal At U.Va., The Hedgehog Review, Offers Forum On Contemporary
Sept. 17, 1999 -- In a globalizing consumer
society of dizzying technological and social change, do we each
have a "true self"? Or do we play, sometimes creatively,
through a series of roles and images that we construct and that
are constructed for us?
in todays world is the theme of the first issue of THE HEDGEHOG
REVIEW: CRITICAL REFLECTIONS ON CONTEMPORARY CULTURE, a new scholarly
journal published at the University of Virginia. 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 magazines executive editor.
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 its editor and a fellow at
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
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, the first issues guest editor,
who reviews some of the extensive literature on identity and social
change and discusses directions in which contemporary scholarship
on identity has moved.
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.
additional information about the Institute, The Hedgehog Review,
or subscriptions, contact the Institute for Advanced Studies in
Culture, B-5 Garrett Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville,
VA 22903, (804) 924-7705.
To arrange interviews about The Hedgehog Review or Institute for
Advanced Studies in Culture, contact Bob Brickhouse at (804) 924-6856.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856