Philosophy of Higher Education

Scholarly Communication Research Group is an interdisciplinary team that draws on the vast disciplinary backgrounds of its members to investigate the social dynamics occurring in the sector of science and higher education. One of the disciplinary perspectives strongly present in our research is philosophy. Recognizing the challenge of undertheoretization of our field, philosophy serves a double purpose in our investigations. First, by referring to the critical tradition, philosophy helps us to question objectified reality and unravel the deeper processes that impact and structure what both academics and students experience on a daily basis. Second, develop adequate conceptual tools to investigate them in a critical manner, that is exploring inner contradictions within the sector and reflecting on how to transcend them.

Our series of open seminars on the philosophy of higher education draws on this double purpose and offers a space to develop critical perspectives in a collaborative manner. Not only to expose forces at work within the sector but to collectively reimagine science and higher education beyond the contemporary predicament.


List of seminars: 

Past:

15 June 2021. The Hopeless University: Intellectual Work at the end of The End of History. Speaker: Richard Hall

Second seminar: The Hopeless University: Intellectual Work at the end of The End of History

SCRG will host the second seminar in the series „Philosophy of Higher Education”. Our guest speaker will be Richard Hall who will provide a talk entitled: „The Hopeless University: Intellectual Work at the end of The End of History.”


The seminar is open for everyone interested and it will take place on Zoom.

Registration required: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtd-qqrDgtH93ZqLpElJekyd-3FotCj-kF

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 at 14:00 CET.


Abstract: Faced by the realities and lived experiences of intersecting crises, the University has become hopeless, in two respects. First, it has become a place that has no socially-useful role beyond the reproduction of capital, and has become an anti-human project devoid of hope. Second, it is unable to respond meaningfully with crises that erupt from the contradictions of capital. Thus, in its maintenance of business-as-usual, the University remains shaped as a tactical response to these contradictions.

The Hopeless University examines the structures/forms, cultures/pathologies and activities/methodologies of the University, in order to question what kind of higher learning we yearn for and deserve. In looking at the ways in which the University represents our entangled, intellectual existence, Richard Hall asks whether we might compost the structures, cultures and activities that engender hopelessness and helplessness. Might other modes of intellectual work and higher learning be possible? 

In addressing this question, individuals and communities are invited to consider the potential for reimagining intellectual work as a movement of sensuous human activity in the world, and as a refusal of its commodification. As widespread social struggles against capitalism are revealed, we are reminded of our ability to make history. Thus, we must discuss how to reimagine and recycle intellectual work in society. We must discuss how to compost The Hopeless University as an indignant movement of dignity. 

Richard Hall is Professor of Education and Technology at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He is a National Teaching Fellow and writes about life in higher education at: richard-hall.org

 

 

 

 

 


 

18 May 2021. The University and the Common. Rearticulating the Third Mission from the Bottom Up. Speaker: Hans Schildermans

First seminar: The University and the Common. Rearticulating the Third Mission from the Bottom Up

SCRG will host the first seminar in the series „Philosophy of Higher Education”. Our guest speaker will be Hans Schildermans who will provide a talk entitled: „The University and the Common. Rearticulating the Third Mission from the Bottom Up.”

The seminar is open for everyone interested and it will take place on Zoom.

Registration required: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrf-6grDgrH9yuaCggnoB89sFRSTo_q4U6

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 14:00 CET.

Abstract: Policy discourses about the third mission of universities in the knowledge economy have placed the question regarding the relation between university and society again high on the agenda. The aim of this paper is to reconsider the university’s third mission through the lens of the common, thereby sketching an alternative to conceptualizations of this third mission in terms of either the public or the private. The starting point of this reconsideration is the story of the Palestinian experimental university Campus in Camps, and their practices of studying the camp, giving way to a series of social and spatial transformations within the camp and its neighboring area. The relation between university and society comes forward not as given or institutionally settled, but as enacted within practices, more particularly within practices of study.

Hans Schildermans is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Foundations of Education (University of Vienna). He is the author of ‘Experiments in Decolonizing the University. Towards an Ecology of Study’ (Bloomsbury, 2021).