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There was a kind of dubiety as to what the status of the position of Assistant Lectureship was’. The ‘Registrary’ is another archaic term unique to the nomenclature of the University of Cambridge, referring to the senior administrative officer of the University, assisted in the post by three subordinate officers, of which the ‘Assistant Registrar’ is one. In a further Faculty Board meeting on 16 October 1980, Stephen Heath ‘expressed his disquiet about procedures which had preceded ... the Appointments Committee [meeting] during the Summer’ (Reserved Faculty Board Minutes, 16 October 1980).

The shift is expressed well by the novelist and literary professor Malcolm Bradbury in his description of his own career through English departments: During the 1950s, when I was a student, the dominant mood in the study of English literature was a moral and humane one; literary studies were the essential humanist subject ... But with the expansion and hence the increased professionalisation of the subject, the tune changed: there was a hunger for literary science. 0007  Conflict in the Academy begun to replace the older moral humanism.

Notes 1 Specified in a much looser manner to Kuhn’s notion of a paradigm, Lamont defines ‘epistemological styles’ as ‘preferences for particular ways of understanding how to build knowledge, as well as beliefs in the very possibility of proving those theories’ (Lamont, 2009: 54), and although she is more concerned with ‘epistemological styles’ as they map onto discrete ‘disciplinary cultures’, the term appears equally relevant to when multiple ‘epistemological styles’ develop within a single discipline.

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