« In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 2005 Harold Pinter said: “There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false … I believe that these assertions still make sense … [in] art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I must ask: What is true? What is false?”
This dichotomy between the duties of artists (as well as humanities scholars) and of private citizens indicates why the arts and humanities find themselves at a crossroads today. The moral turn of the last decade, the increased focus on sustainability, equity, diversity and inclusion as underpinning all academic work regardless of the discipline, the increasing polarisation of our society, the relativisation of truth as represented by the post-truth mentality, and neoliberal pressures leave the arts and humanities between a rock and a hard place. Thus, we all must continuously explore realignments of our duties as academics and citizens. Like every generation before us, we have to find new ways to understand and answer the challenge posed by Karl Marx’s (slightly adjusted) eleventh Feuerbach thesis, that our work should not merely describe and interpret the musical world in various ways but also help change it. »
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