Student Political Activism and the Crisis of the Public University

Suárez-Krabbe, J. (Organizer)

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09:30 - Coffee and getting a sit!
10.00 - Professor Julia Suarez-Krabbe give a brief comment on the relevance of the lecture and introduce Boaventura de Sousa Santos.
10.20 Danske Studerendes Fællesråd (DSF) and Et Andet Universitet RUC presentations of the problematics in Danish higher education and their political work and objectives.
10:40 Lecture by Boaventura de Sousa Santos.
11.40 Questions and open discussion.

There is no global social justice without global cognitive justice. This is why the University plays a central role in relation to the problems that we face today, which are often characterized by the intertwinement of the global and the local.

Hegemonic globalization affects the University in an undemocratic direction, most notably through the commodification of education. However, the door is open for us to counter this tendency by engaging in counterhegemonic democratic-participative practices.

It is crucial that these counterhegemonic practices do not remain localized. Creative, democratic and empowering reforms of the Public University around the world need to articulate in anti-hegemonic globalization processes. One attempt in such direction is the ALICE research project, which engages with alternative forms of globalization and epistemologies of The South, addressing alternatives to economic and social organization, political participation, and construction of knowledge.

In short, Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ talk will revolve around pertinent questions relating to the crisis of the Public University, and explore the different contributions that epistemologies of The South bring to thinking through and constructing democratic and emancipatory University reforms.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University.

He is director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements, the university and education, and the World Social Forum.

His works have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, and Chinese. He is Honoris Causa of several universities, such as the University of Brasilia, Brazil and McGill University, Canada, and has been awarded several prizes, most recently the Science and Technology Prize of Mexico, 2010, and the Kalven Jr. Prize of the Law and Society Association, 2011.
Period13 Mar 2015
Event typeLecture
Degree of RecognitionInternational