Online webinar: Towards a new academic activism


Date: April 16, 2020, 16.00-19.00 

Venue: The event will take place as an online webinar discussion 

Fee: Free and open to all interested

Registration deadline: March 20, 2020

Registration: Send an email, with your name, title and affiliation, and email-address to PaTHES: Link Arrow

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 world, 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

The webinar starts with two keynote presentations from invited speakers Professor Ryan Gildersleeve, University of Denver, United States and Professor Nuraan Davids, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, followed by facilitated discussion in break-out rooms online, and ends with critical reflections from discussant Emeritus Professor Ronald Barnett, University College London, Institute of Education, United Kingdom.

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