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The Searing of the University

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Join us for the latest in our autumn research seminar series with speaker Professor John Mowitt, Chair in Critical Humanities at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds.

An essay initially presented at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, The Searing of the University, was pitched to engage the student leaders of the Fees Must Fall movement on the vexed matter of political strategy. It pursues the question by exploring the impact of austerity policies on the university, criticism of which often overlooks the eurocentrism of the university project as such.

The essay argues that struggling to produce the conditions under which ‘burning questions’ can be posed and pursued is a struggle less compromised by the logic of austerity, than that of ‘burning buildings’ as was done at the University of the Western Cape. The contradictions of the struggle for ‘academic freedom’ (especially in the USA) are read to contain, in miniature, similar strategic compromises.

The venue for this research seminar is Room 2.09 in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University Road, University of Leeds. See here for a campus map.

It is free to attend and all are welcome.

This event is organised by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies as part of the autumn research seminar series.

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