The Civic University Symposium: Reimagining the University for Public Purpose
10:00 - 16:00
What is the purpose of higher education? Is higher education a public good – and if so, how do we understand the claim that this requires a private cost, and therefore a private gain? Is the knowledge produced by higher education a public good – and if so, how do we understand this in relation to the tendency to lock this knowledge behind paywalls demanded by private publishing companies, and the exclusion of the Global South? Does higher education contribute to building a democratic citizenry – and if so, how does this relate to the increase in performative demands on teaching and research? What are the ethical responsibilities of higher education in the Global North in relation to the majority of the world?
This symposium marks the first public event organised by the Critical Higher Education Studies (CHES) research group, with keynote speech from Prof Vanessa Andreotti and contributions from Prof Ronaldo Munck and Dr Karen Pashby.
We are convening this event to initiate a generative conversation about the transformations of higher education, and its role in creative re-imaginations of the university, its spaces, mission, activities and purposes, with equality, inclusion and rights as fundamental commitments.
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