The double crisis of the university and the global economy

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Talk: Wednesday 26 November 2008 at 4pm
Goldsmiths University of London – Warmington Tower 1210

For a number of weeks in Italy the entire education system – from universities to elementary schools, from students to researchers and from parents to teachers – has been mobilizing. Marches, occupations, demonstrations, pickets and blockages of the metropolitan flow have replaced the dreary rhythm of school timetables and university courses. The protests are directed against the new budget cuts implemented by Berlusconi’s government last summer, which seriously undermine the public nature of education and research.

The university movement – self-named the ‘Anomalous Wave’ – acts within a specific context, such as the long crisis and decline of the Italian higher education system. However, it also critically underlines common trends in the transformations affecting the university at the European and transnational level: i.e. the Bologna process, the corporatization of education and the changes of the welfare system, the central role of knowledge in the mode of production, the rise of casualised labor, the emergence of a new type of student-worker figure.

Moreover, one of its key slogans is particularly interesting ‘We won’t pay for your crisis’. It indicates the critical intersection of a double global crisis: the university crisis and the financial crisis. The rise of a ‘debt generation’ is one of the points at which this intersection is clearly observable. But the movement is also an occasion to formulate a deeper, more complex analysis of this double crisis, in order to allow a debate between different perspectives to topics such as the rise of a global university and its various forms of translation, the conflicts in the process of knowledge production, the role of networks in the education
and financial markets.

[pic, ancient pillars hold up the University of Bologna]


One thought on “The double crisis of the university and the global economy

  1. Hutnyk,

    Please excuse me for using your blog to do this, but Google/Yahoo are RTIing my exposé on the *supposed* “performance” group Public Movement from Tel Aviv, exposing their ties to the IDF and other such Israeli State-institutions with big guns and a stellar track-record.

    If any of your students are reading this who are interested in the subject matter, please download my two part exposé on the IDF-backed Public Movement, for it will not show up on any of the big search-engines any more:

    I also criticize some of their more ridiculous public statements, “marching is like meditation” and “I liked military service because I enjoyed being number for a while”, statements eerily reminiscent of the Gaza occupation referred to as an “enlightened occupation”, or Rahm Emanuel referring to his Universal Civil Defense Force as a “circle of love” and other such New Age rhetoric used to beautify militarism.

    In case you don’t know what RTI is, it’s an acronym for “refusal to index”. The big search-engines basically refuse to include this page in their list of hits (both have a history of doing this). As you know, no Google/Yahoo presence means no one can find your page, meaning you basically don’t exist. This has never happened to me before with any other essay on any other subject-matter. The exposé was top of the pops at Google in response to a whole lot of queries for about 24 hours, then it magically disppeared. Even when I dig deeper into the pages of hits I still can’t find it. I don’t know (hahaha) why this is happening to this exposé.

    Maria Technosux


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