Universities and Corporatization
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2008
What is the role of the university and the meaning of education at the beginning of the twenty first century? How are corporate money, influence and ideology shaping the face of the university? How do crushing debt loads constrain student choices and shape the kind of education they seek and receive?
Over the past few decades, people in many countries have experienced a steady corporatization of their universities. University administrations are increasingly structured on a corporate model and academic success is defined by profit. For this upcoming special issue of New Proposals, we are interested in articles and commentaries that analyze this situation in different countries and regions. We welcome contributions that ask the following kinds of questions: How is the privatization of the university expressed and experienced in diverse settings? How do ‘audit culture’ governance systems exacerbate bureaucracy and influence the allocation of resources? Has the debate about this issue been framed differently in the case of public versus private universities? To what extent have faculty, staff, and student unions and organizations intervened? How have public intellectuals responded to this issue in different countries in the past and present? Have various countries and different systems of education been more or less successful in resisting this corporate model?
For this special issue, we welcome shorter commentaries (up to 2,500 words) as well as full length articles. In particular, we are interested in essays that develop a comparative perspective.
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