Professor Hazel Hall debates the idea of the university in the twenty-first century at IASH pop-up forum


Professor Hazel Hall served as a panel member at a pop-up forum organised by  the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 16th June 2015.

Entitled ‘The idea of the University in the 21st century’, participants at the forum considered the applicability of Newman’s classical idea of the university as an intellectual community that exists for its own sake. The discussion took 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’.

Other panellists at the forum were:

  • Willem 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, and author of The academic manifesto: from an occupied to a public university
  • 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 was Jo Shaw, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.
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Hazel Hall
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