Social Movements and Resistances Against the Neocolonial, Neoliberal University

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements (host committee)

Language: English

Teachers’ and students’ movements are among the most lively and most significant of the last decades in all regions of the world. The twin legacies of colonialism and neoliberal globalisation, as they have played out on university campuses around the world, have sparked significant student protests and fierce debate about the role of the university in the twenty-first century and its potential – as an agent of socialisation – to bring about social change. As it stands, the neocolonial, neoliberal university serves merely to entrench existing inequalities. Debates and struggles that have centred either on decolonising or decommodifying education, although valuable in their own right, have tended to overlook the closely intertwined nature of race and class oppression that continues to contradict the idea of the university as a public good and detract from its role as the critic and conscience of society. This panel welcomes novel insights into movements and resistance against the neocolonial, neoliberal university that challenge the boundaries of anti-racist and anti-capitalist praxis.
Session Organizers:
Marcelle DAWSON, University of Otago, New Zealand and Shruti TAMBE, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India
Shruti TAMBE, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India
Oral Presentations
Insurgent Scholarship and Cognitive Justice: Exploring Knowledge Production within and Beyond the Academy
Marcelle DAWSON, Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Digital Vs. Physical Disruption: The #Feesmustfall Movement in South Africa
Mariya IVANCHEVA, University of Leeds, United Kingdom; Rebecca SWATRZ, University of Cape Town/University of Stellenbosch, South Africa