Professor Hazel Hall debates 'the idea of the university' at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities


Professor Hazel Hall has accepted an invitation to participate is a pop-up forum to be hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 16th June. The forum will consider the purpose of universities, and of a university education.  Admission is open to all and free of charge with registration available on EventBrite.

Entitled ‘The idea of the University in the 21st century’, participants at the forum will consider the applicability of Newman’s classical idea of the university as an intellectual community that exists for its own sake. The discussion will take into account the current context in which higher education is set, i.e. one that is characterised by, and subject to, various influences that include globalisation, political instabilities, radicalism, and neoliberal approaches to the concept of ‘value’.

The other panellists at the forum include:

  • William Halffman: Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies, Department of Philosophy and Science Studies, Institute of Science, Innovation and Society, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Alison Elliot: Co-director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, and Moderator of the Church of Scotland
  • Igor Štiks: writer and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Edinburgh College of Art

The moderator is Jo Shaw, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Further information about the event is available from the IASH events list, on the EventBrite bookings page, and in a post on Hazel Hall's blog.

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