How global is the 'global' transformation of the university? The importance of transnational knowledge production, critique and imagination

Amsler, Sarah (2013) How global is the 'global' transformation of the university? The importance of transnational knowledge production, critique and imagination. In: University of Central Asia Public Lecture Series, 23 April 2013, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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These are turbulent times for higher educators and students around the world. They are characterised, by a new era of capitalist initiatives which include the rapid defunding of formerly public education systems, ascendance of capitalist knowledge regimes and the transformation of professional identities. At the same time, there is a global intensification of intellectual and political resistance to these processes and the proliferation of alternative projects. According to Michael Burawoy, it seems that “the university is in crisis, almost everywhere.” Despite some shared cross-national experience, however, these “crises of the university” are not homogenous. This lecture will consider how particular forms of neoliberal restructuring in Central Asia, dominated by international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and local power elites, may be shaping higher education. The research suggests that these forces have contradictory effects on higher education, creating crises in the funding and culture of higher education; presenting a limited range of opportunities for intellectual and professional development; and strengthening ‘justificatory regimes’ for elite and commodified higher education. Audience members will discuss how we might better communicate across borders to deepen transnational knowledge about the global transformation of higher education and its alternatives, and how to strengthen our collective capacity to build the educational systems we desire in our own locations.

Keywords:university, higher education, politics of education, globalization, neoliberalism, bmjconvert
Subjects:L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T490 Other Asian studies not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L171 Capitalism
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:9332
Deposited On:07 May 2013 18:26

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