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Towards a new academic activism

16.04.2020 16:00-19:00CET


First PaTHES online webinar discussion 
As a response to the enhanced pressure on universities from neoliberal regimes, we see a rising wave of student protest movements, and political and institutional debates on academic freedom, research integrity, and sustainable higher education futures. We see protests escalate into violent confrontations, students and teachers turning on each other, and institutional leaders caught in a conflict between their professors and governing Boards. In spite of the much-celebrated turn towards academic activism in universities around the word, we detect disturbingly little cohesion, communal spirit, and ethical grounding in these movements. In this webinar discussion, we ask, what are the values and common beliefs foundational in the formation of a new academic activism?  


Date and time  
Thursday, April 16th, 2020, at 16.00-19.00 (CET) 
Webinar programme 
16.00-16.15: Welcome and presentations of speakers and participants 
16.15-16.45: Presentation from Professor Ryan Gildersleeve, University of Denver, United States
16.45-17.15: Presentation from Professor Nuraan Davids, Stellenbosch University, South Africa 
17.15-18.00: Break & group discussions Joint debate 
18.30-18.45: Discussant, Emeritus Professor Ronald Barnett, University College London, UK
18.45-19.00: Final remarks, closing and good-bye  
The event will be chaired by Dr Søren S.E. Bengtsen, Chair of PaTHES, Aarhus University, Denmark. 
The event is organised by the Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society (PaTHES), and is free and open to all interested. However, signing up for the event is mandatory, so if you wish to attend, please send an email, with your name, title and affiliation, and email-address to PaTHES  
Please sign up for the event before March 20th, 2020.  

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