Scholars at a conference in Brussels on the future of disciplines heard warnings that "academic narcissism" is endangering the humanities and social sciences, The Times Higher reported. Speakers said that too many academic careers were based more on self-promotion than substantive contributions to fields. Sasa Bozic of the University of Zadar, in Croatia, was quoted as saying that the most successful academics are "highly competitive, image-oriented, substance-avoiding, ultra-innovative, quotation-obsessed individualists." Elizabeth Sundin, professor of business administration and management at Linkoping University, in Sweden, said she feared "the suicide of the social sciences."
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