Bristol Conversations in Education - Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education
Richard Hall (De Montfort University), Joel Lazarus (No current affiliation), and Joss Winn (University of Lincoln)
Room 4.10, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series.
Speaker: Richard Hall (De Montfort University), Joel Lazarus (No current affiliation), and Joss Winn (University of Lincoln)
Higher education across the globe is in crisis. The idea of the public university is under assault, and both the future of the sector and its relationship to society are being gambled. Higher education is increasingly unaffordable, its historic institutions are becoming untenable, and their purpose is resolutely instrumental. What form does intellectual leadership take in addressing these issues and in revealing possible alternatives?
This seminar takes the key themes of a recently published, edited collection (Hall and Winn, 2017), in order to critique intellectual leadership in the university, exploring ongoing efforts from around the world to create alternative models for organizing higher education and the production of knowledge. The contributors offer their experience and views from inside and beyond the structures of mainstream higher education, in order to reflect on efforts to create alternatives. In the process the seminar asks: is it possible to reimagine the university democratically and cooperatively? If so, what are the implications for leadership not just within the university but also in terms of higher education's relationship to society?
The contributors argue that mass higher education is at the point where it no longer reflects the needs, capacities and long-term interests of global society. An alternative role and purpose is required, based upon 'mass intellectuality' or the real possibility of democracy in learning and the production of knowledge.