The Social Life of Academia: A Higher Education Symposium

Friday, November 13, 2015 10:00 - 17:00

Higher education in Australia is constantly undergoing change – new funding regimes, new ways to measure quality and performance, and new relationships between universities, TAFEs, high schools and other educational institutions. While public debate has mostly centred on student enrolments, equity in government funding, and university research rankings, less attention has been paid to the social life of academia itself. From optimistic first-years to seasoned grant-holders and university upper-management, rapid transformations in Australian university structures are producing new kinds of social relationships, new modalities of authority and responsibility, and unexpected conflicts and tensions around everything that falls outside a position description.

This symposium addresses a range of quotidian metamorphoses in the worlds of Australian higher education, from the pitted trajectories of undergraduates arriving from outer suburbs to inner sandstones, to the geographical imaginaries of transnational education. Featuring invited speakers from Victoria University of Wellington, University of Sydney, Monash University and the University of Melbourne, The Social Life of Academia offers new perspectives on familiar conversations around teaching, research, and management.


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Yasuko Hiraoko Myer Room, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Parkville