I have a large number of speaking commitments coming up in the approaching ‘conference season’. I currently have my name against 14 presentations in June (and in the course of typing up this post I received another invitation!) Thankfully a number of these commitments are co-authored conference papers where another person is delivering the work, so I am not going to spend an entire month permanently on public display discussing my research.
Amongst the list of events in which I am participating is a pop-up forum organised by colleagues at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh on the evening of Tuesday 16th June 2015. Here we will be considering the purpose of universities and a university education. The event has just opened for registration on EventBrite. Admission is open to all and free of charge.
Entitled ‘The idea of the University in the 21st century’, participants at the forum will consider the applicability of Newman’s classical idea of the university as an intellectual community that exists for its own sake. The discussion will take into account the current context in which higher education is set, i.e. one that is characterised by, and subject to, various influences that include globalisation, political instabilities, radicalism, and neoliberal approaches to the concept of ‘value’.
My fellow panellists at the forum are:
- Willem Halffman: Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies, Department of Philosophy and Science Studies, Institute of Science, Innovation and Society, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- Alison Elliot: Co-director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, and Moderator of the Church of Scotland
- Igor Štiks: Writer and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Edinburgh College of Art
The moderator is Jo Shaw, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. There is further information about what promises to be an excellent evening of discussion available from the IASH events list and on the EventBrite bookings page.