A round table session from Discourses of Dissent investigating how academic research, with a particular focus on social theory, might help us articulate and work towards a positive vision of shared futures which escape the discursive constraints which have defined the public life of the UK since the 1980s.
The session will also explore the practical resolution of the tensions facing the university system. What are the most pressing issues faced by universities? Is a satisfactory resolution of these tensions possible without radical reform? Is there a need to move beyond critique?
Steve Fuller, University of Warwick – What are we defending when we defend public universities?
Dan Hind – Media Reform and the Public University
John Holmwood, University of Nottingham – The idea of the public