[NetBehaviour] The double crisis of the university and the global economy.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Nov 25 15:04:40 CET 2008
The double crisis of the university and the global economy.
FRIDAY 28 November 2008 at 3pm
QUEEN MARY University of London Physics 602
with: Steffen Bohm - Paolo Do - Stephen Dunn - Matthew Fuller -
Gerard Hanlon - Stefano Harney - Celia Lury - Noortje Marres - Matteo
Pasquinelli - Nirmal Puwar - Gigi Roggero - Tiziana Terranova
For a number of weeks in Italy the entire education system - from
universities to elementary schools, from students to researchers and
from parents to teachers - has been mobilizing. Marches, occupations,
demonstrations, pickets and blockages of the metropolitan flow have
replaced the dreary rhythm of school timetables and university
courses. The protests are directed against the new budget cuts
implemented by Berlusconi's government last summer, which seriously
undermine the public nature of education and research.
The university movement - self-named the "Anomalous Wave" - acts
within a specific context, such as the long crisis and decline of the
Italian higher education system. However, it also critically
underlines common trends in the transformations affecting the
university at the European and transnational level: i.e. the Bologna
process, the corporatization of education and the changes of the
welfare system, the central role of knowledge in the mode of
production, the rise of casualised labor, the emergence of a new type
of student-worker figure.
Moreover, one of its key slogans is particularly interesting "We won't
pay for your crisis". It indicates the critical intersection of a
double global crisis: the university crisis and the financial crisis.
The rise of a "debt generation" is one of the points at which this
intersection is clearly observable. But the movement is also an
occasion to formulate a deeper, more complex analysis of this double
crisis, in order to allow a debate between different perspectives to
topics such as the rise of a global university and its various forms
of translation, the conflicts in the process of knowledge production,
the role of networks in the education and financial markets.
we will launch the new special issue of ephemera on " discussing the
role of the modern university"
Goldsmiths university of london
edu-factory collective www.edu-factory.org
school of business and management Queen Mary university of london.
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