The University After Globalization

Mar 4–Mar 6, 2020
UC Santa Barbara

“The University After Globalization” convenes scholars from around the world to consider the future of the university. In 2050, will today’s Anglophone universities even exist in their basic current form? Many experts say no, wagering that most will be absorbed into commercial learning platforms. Would that be a bad thing? Many critics say that would not necessarily be the worst outcome. They argue that the Anglophone university is culturally inappropriate for most of the world, has lost the democratizing impulses it may once have had, blocks full decolonization, and is now primarily an engine of inequality that supports the reproduction of elites.

This conference will develop a theoretical framework for identifying a full range of futures for universities that serve the entirety of their populations. Conceived as a Critical University Studies project in the broad sense, it addresses key components of a next phase of university theory:

• New collaborative processes for imagining locally-appropriate universities.
• “No one model” modes of institutional development.
• Interaction among specific histories of higher education institutions.
• A new ethos: Articulation of non-pecuniary and non-individual effects of higher education.
• Clear roles for the humanities disciplines in reconstructing societies.
• Analysis of conflicts and ambivalences on the Left regarding universities.
• Methods for conceptualizing non-deterministic and multiple educational futures.

Stay tuned for more information about registration and a full schedule of conference events.