Thinking on film: movie screenings

  Culture, politics and global justice research cluster is running a series of film screenings showing how contemporary cinema portrays the practice of 'thinking' - whether in the form of philosophy, theory, mathematics, writing, or something else. We've mostly selected films that are freely available and go beyond the 'usual suspects', but suggestions are always … Continue reading Thinking on film: movie screenings

Thinking knowledge production without the university

This is a collaborative blog post leading up to the panel Undisciplining: thinking knowledge production without the university at The Sociological Review's annual conference Undisciplining: conversations from the edges, Newcastle, Gateshead, 18-21 June 2018. Introduction Jana Bacevic If it is true that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end … Continue reading Thinking knowledge production without the university

Talk: the Idea of a Digital University, David Berry, 12 June 4-5.30PM

12 June, 4-5.30pm, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Rd., Donald Macintyre Building, Room 2S3 (second floor) In this talk, I set out to examine the ways in which the university, as an idea, was discussed, written about and actively debated over a long period of history.  I aim to develop a set of critical research questions and problematics in relation to … Continue reading Talk: the Idea of a Digital University, David Berry, 12 June 4-5.30PM

Is there such a thing as ‘centrist’ higher education policy?

By Jana Bacevic This Thursday, I was at the Institute of Education in London, at the launch of David Willetts’ new book, A University Education. The book is another contribution to what I argued constitutes a veritable ‘boom’ in writing on the fate and future of higher education; my research is concerned, among other things, with the theoretical … Continue reading Is there such a thing as ‘centrist’ higher education policy?

Recovering the political in the idea of education as a public good – and why this matters

By Susan Robertson Framing Education in Economic Terms On more than one occasion I have felt a distinct sense of unease at how much of educational activity is now framed in economic terms. Learners are ‘human capital’  – or to use a phrase that the economist, Gary Becker, coined – ‘an abilities machine’; education is an … Continue reading Recovering the political in the idea of education as a public good – and why this matters