[NetBehaviour] The double crisis of the university and the global economy.

marc garrett 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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