[csaa-forum] The Social Life of Academia: A Higher Education Symposium on November 13th

Timothy Laurie timothy.laurie at unimelb.edu.au
Tue Oct 6 14:05:02 ACST 2015

The Social Life of Academia: A Higher Education Symposium

Supported by the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne (culture-communication.unimelb.edu.au) and the Cluster for Organization Society and Markets (cosmnet.org)

When: 10am-5pm, November 13th (food and drinks provided)
Where: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, the Sidney Myer Asia Centre, the University of Melbourne
Contact: Timothy Laurie | timothy.laurie at unimelb.edu.au

Higher education in Australia is constantly undergoing change – new funding regimes, new ways to measure quality and performance, and new relationships between universities, TAFEs, high schools and other  educational  institutions.  While public debate has mostly centred on student enrolments, equity in government funding, and university research rankings, less attention has been paid to the social life of academia itself. From optimistic first-years to seasoned grant-holders and university upper-management, rapid transformations in Australian university structures are producing new kinds of social relationships, new modalities of authority and responsibility, and unexpected conflicts and tensions around everything that falls outside a position description. This symposium addresses a range of quotidian metamorphoses in the worlds of Australian higher education, from the pitted trajectories of undergraduates arriving from outer suburbs to inner sandstones, to the geographical imaginaries of transnational education. Featuring invited speakers from Victoria University of Wellington, University of Sydney, Monash University and the University of Melbourne, The Social Life of Academia offers new perspectives on familiar conversations around teaching, research, and management.

Invited Speakers:

Martina Cullen (Team Leader: Academic Programs, University of Melbourne), Richard James (Director, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne), Jane Kenway (Education Faculty, Monash University), Kathleen Kuehn (English, Film, Theatre & Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington), Remy Low (Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney), Tamson Pietsch (Department of History, University of Sydney) and Stephanie Ryan-Smith (Management Consultant, Darlo Higher Education)

Institutional Logics and Practices Research Group at The University of Melbourne:

Sarah Balkin (English & Theatre Studies), Robin Canniford (Marketing & Management), Michal Carrington (Marketing & Management), Thomas Ford (English & Theatre Studies), Joe Hughes (English and Theatre Studies), Timothy Laurie (Screen and Cultural Studies), Joeri Mol (Marketing and Management) and Miya Tokumitsu (Art History)

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