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Knowledge and Power in Higher Education

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

You are warmly invited to the University of Bath International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM) and the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) seminar ‘Power and Knowledge in Higher Education' at 14.00-15.30 in The Edge, First Floor Management Suite, University of Bath 

The seminar focusses on key contestations over what should be taught in universities.  Should universities focus on a western enlightenment paradigm? Are we ignoring other epistemologies and views of the world?  ICHEM has invited two distinguished speakers to tackle these issues from divergent viewpoints.  The presentations will be followed by fishbowl conversations to break down traditional audience-presenter divides. Light refreshments will be available. 

Michael Young, Professor Emeritus at UCL Institute of Education is a renowned sociologist of knowledge who has published some of the most influential books on knowledge and social realism.  His seminal research has influenced generations of researchers and policy makers in international organisations such as the OECD.  Melz Owusu is a PhD candidate in Social Theory at the University of Leeds who has contributed to equity and transformation in higher education.  Melz is also a grime rapper presenting academic and poetic responses to social crises on TEDx, the Huffington Post and at the University of Oxford. Melz has been featured at the Tate Modern.

Michael Young argues that there is an assault on expert knowledge by right wing populism, by utilitarianism and by identity based politics. He traces the sociological origins of the concept ‘powerful knowledge’ and argues that 'expert knowledge' should not be supplanted by everyday knowledge as this does not give students higher order intellectual capabilities. He asserts that knowledge steeped in disciplinary and inter-disciplinary expertise should be available to all students as their democratic right.  

Melz  Owusu  argues that the Academy is steeped in colonial Eurocentric beliefs and an all-encompassing Eurocentric epistemology which disadvantages students from ethnic minority and working class backgrounds. Melz will explore how the academy values and devalues different forms of knowledge and questions who really benefits from the ways in which knowledge is structured in higher education. She will conclude with supplemental ways of valuing diverse knowledge systems.

To register for this event, please click here to visit the University of Bath eventbrite page

Network: South West Regional Network
Date(s): Tuesday, 08 May 2018
Times: 14:00 - 15:30
Location: The Edge Management Suite, University of Bath
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