Critical Theory and Education: A Participatory Student-Led Conference
University of Leeds
Roundhouse: A Journal of Critical Theory and Practice
Plenary Speaker: Monica McLean, Associate Professor and Reader in Higher Education, University of Nottingham
Seminar led by Peter Dews, Professor of Philosophy, University of Essex
Covering themes such as:
- Critical Pedagogy
- Policy and Education – funding issues and restrictions on academic freedom
- The Purpose of Research;
- The Democratisation of Higher Education
- The Future of Higher Education
- An Apathetic Student Body?
- Culture and Education
- Colonisation and Commercialisation
- Student-led Research, the Critical Significance of Deliberation.
Considering questions such as:
- Has higher education forsaken its critical and cultural function at the expense of an increasingly technical and professional approach?
- What is the Relevance/Purpose of Higher Education in late Capitalism?
- Do Universities have a social responsibility? Should they challenge inequalities? Or do they play a central part in reproducing them?
- Is there a process of atomisation within higher education through the encouragement of individual performance, competition and differentiation?
- Have constraints of economic gain and efficiency resulted in the student being considered a ‘passive consumer’ rather than an autonomous thinker?
- Can we still defend a ‘liberal education’ without direct vocational application?
Attendance is free but email registration is required.
Conference to be held at the University of Leeds.