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The Transformation of Higher Education: Acceleration, Platformisation and Digitalisation

Friday, 03 April 2020

There is widespread agreement that universities are undergoing a profound transformation but much less agreement on what these changes mean and how we should characterise them. The Digital University Network has stressed the role of new technologies in transforming practice within the university. The Accelerated Academy has presented the tempo and rhythm of academic life as an analytical lens through which we can productively examine these changes. The Platform University network has explored the cultural political economy and organisational sociology of the digital platforms which are increasingly ubiquitous within higher education. In this symposium we bring together leading figures from the latter two networks in order to explore their intersections with our own work, as well as how they relate to each other. 

Speakers and topics:

Assetization and the future of value in the digitalized higher education industry

Janja Komljenovic, Lancaster University

Dr Janja Komljenovic is a Lecturer of Higher Education at Lancaster University. She is interested in the diversity and complexity of markets in and around universities, including the variety of actors that have entered the sector, their strategies, ways of working, and consequences for higher education and societies at large. She is studying the relation between the digital economy and higher education and how they might affect each other. She is published internationally on higher education policy, governance, and markets. She teaches PhD courses on higher education policy and research methodology.

 

Regimes of Sight and Optical Illusions in the Platform University

Susan Robertson, University of Cambridge

Susan Robertson is a Professor of Sociology of Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, where her research focuses on education in a political context, including how education has developed to help service the economy, the commercialisation of education, and the role of for-profit companies in the education sector. Her research has been funded by a variety of bodies, including the ESRC, the European Commission, and Open Society Foundations, and she was senior expert advisor for the European Commission's DG Education and Culture.

In Praise of Speed

Filip Vostal, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Filip Vostal received PhD in sociology from the University of Bristol in 2013. He works as senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He is editorial board member of Time & Society and author of Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time (Palgrave, 2016). Currently he runs a project that examines temporality of knowledge production in x-ray free electron laser experiments and explores the epistemic role of speed in new methods of investigation in molecular biophysics: “single particle imagining” and “serial femtosecond crystallography”. He teaches several courses associated with STS at Charles University.

Network: Digital University
Date(s): Friday, 03 April 2020
Times: 11.00-16.00
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE
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