Neoliberalism and the limits of critique in contemporary universities
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, 16 May 2019
In this seminar, Dr Jana Bacevic offers a sociological reading of the relationship between intellectual and political interventions in the current historical moment.
Ariane De Gayardon De Fenoyl
Room 728UCL Institute of Education (IOE)20 Bedford WayLondonWC1H 0AL
This talk explores the apparent paradox of critique in and of contemporary universities.
In the past years, there has been no shortage of narratives and publications describe, interpret, and denounce what has been framed as the undue ‘incursion’ of economic and market-making logic into higher education. Despite the proliferation of these forms of critique, it seems as if academics have been powerless in stopping the neoliberal transformation of institutions of knowledge production, with sustained forms of resistance rare or completely absent.
Drawing on the work of theorists like Luc Boltanski and Judith Butler, as well as her own research into the political economy of critique in UK higher education, Dr Jana Bacevic offers a sociological reading of the relationship between intellectual and political interventions in the current historical moment.
This seminar is free and open for all to attend; no pre-booking required.
About the Speaker
Dr Jana Bacevic
Dr Jana Bacevic works on social theory and the politics of knowledge production, and is a Research Associate in Critical Studies of Higher Education at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education’s Culture, Politics and Global Justice research cluster.