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06 Jun 2024

Foucault, writing and the contemporary university: a grim celebration

Foucault, writing and the contemporary university: a grim celebration

Institute of Education, UCL, London

10.00am to 4.00pm Wednesday 19 th June (Coffee, tea and biscuits available from 9.30am)

Room: 106 Roberts Building, UCL Main Campus, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Presenters include Stephen Ball, Patrick Bailey, Alice Bradbury, Bronwen Jones, Sarah Kerr, Adam Lang, Francesca Peruzzo, and Guy Roberts-Holmes

In conversation Stephen J Ball and Mark Olssen

Foucault offers a number of different perspectives on the role and value of writing in the life of the individual- including his own. These involve explorations of the nature and value of critique and truth telling as well as a consideration of writing as a way of caring for and crafting the self. Our speakers draw on his thoughts to present an eclectic range of papers related to the nature of  academic writing and the challenges of life in a neoliberal academy. The papers entail reflections on: the genealogical method as a call to arms,  the role and purpose of academic writing particularly in relation to self-formation, decolonial writing and the role of the intellectual, the role of writing in the life of the academic as both a technology of the self and a form of care
of the self, the complexities of using ‘difficult’ theory in research designed to impact policy, the investor imaginary of HE and the ‘assetisation’ of writing and study, research and survival in a neoliberal university.

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