Con-Dem-Nation and the Attack on Academic Cultures

Con-Dem-Nation and the Attack on Academic Cultures
Liz Morrish
offers critical insights into the language of the neoliberal academy—audit culture, enterprising academics, and student consumers—and considers the implications of such language for undercutting the traditional autonomy of academics within the university. “Anyone who has worked in UK universities since 1981 will recognize that their careers have unfolded in an era of constant crisis, accompanied by urgent calls for ‘change’, ‘efficiency’ and ‘modernisation’ to forestall further crisis.” Defending academic culture and humanistic values at the institutional level in response to “managerial behests” must involve engaging in explicit and sustained critique, demanding democratic governance, using resistant humour, and embracing division and conflict as the way forward. Read the article…

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