May 7th - London Anthropology Forum

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May 7th - London Anthropology Forum

Time: May 7, 2011 from 12am to 2pm
Location: SOAS Senior Common Room
Event Type: seminar
Organized By: SOAS Anthropology Department
Latest Activity: Apr 8, 2011

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Anthropological perspectives on the responsibilities of academics in the managerial age?


The next meeting of the London Anthropology Forum will be held on Saturday May 7th from 12.00 noon until 14.00 hrs. It will be hosted by the Anthropology department at SOAS and held in the Senior Common Room at SOAS.


The working title for the discussion is:


Anthropological perspectives on the responsibilities of academics in the managerial age?


Introduction to theme:


Knowledge is now treated as a commodity. Original ideas are only valuable in terms of their saleability. While the emphasis is on a traditional disciplinary focus in the research assessment exercise and treating  departments as a cost centres, what students need are 'soft', flexible skills to adapt to rapidly changing technological and employment opportunities. Different understandings of accountability, quality and excellence inform the approaches of managers and academics.


Ways of imagining the future university at a time when 'welfare state occupations' are being de-professionalised. Ways of moving beyond the ‘audit culture’.


A reference to inform debate: Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale (2010, No. 18) - Introduction: Anthropologies of university reform, Susan Wright & Annika Rabo


Tom Selwyn, and Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen will introduce the topic. Other potential participants are encouraged to contribute prior to the face to face discussion and/or at the meeting. 

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