The 3rd Creating Publics keynote lecture features Professor John Holmwood, Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham; co-founder of the Campaign for the Public University; and, the new President of the British Sociological Association. Here’s an outline of what Professor Holmwood is going to be addressing in his keynote:
“Mass higher education is a product of democracy and, largely, a product of the public university. Yet the expansion of higher education has also extended beyond the boundaries of national political communities to create opportunities for profit and prestige. Multinational knowledge corporations vie for market share with fee-greedy elite universities selling education as a positional good, with public higher education increasingly starved of funding. Prior to the emergence of mass higher education, there was widely regarded to be a crisis of democracy deriving from the complexity of public issues and the necessity of experts to advise governments. This was the context for John Dewey’s articulation of the idea of the ‘public’ and the role of the university in education for democracy. With the return of an aggressive neo-liberal agenda that seeks to replace politics with markets, and universities also subject to neo-liberal reforms that place consumer sovereignty at the heart of education and measure knowledge in terms of its ‘impact’, this lecture poses the question of whether we face a new crisis of democracy.”
The event takes place at the Open University on Thurs 28 June, here’s the programme:
14:00 Welcome and introduction: Jef Huysmans and Nick Mahony (CCIG)
14:10 Keynote lecture: Professor John Holmwood (University of Nottingham)
15:00 Responses by John Clarke and Vron Ware (CCIG)
15:30 Q & A and collective discussion
The event will be followed by a drinks reception.
The event will be webcast live (details to follow). Those viewing online will be able to post questions and comments, which will be relayed live to the event via this link.
Further details on the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance website, here.