The Transformation of Higher Education: Acceleration, Platformisation and Digitalisation

Friday, 03 April 2020, 11am-5pm in London, UK 
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There is widespread agreement that universities are undergoing a profound transformation but much less agreement on what these changes mean and how we should characterise them. The Digital University Network has stressed the role of new technologies in transforming practice within the university. The Accelerated Academy has presented the tempo and rhythm of academic life as an analytical lens through which we can productively examine these changes. The Platform University network has explored the cultural political economy and organisational sociology of the digital platforms which are increasingly ubiquitous within higher education. In this symposium we bring together leading figures from the latter two networks in order to explore their intersections with our own work, as well as how they relate to each other.

Speakers and topics:

    1. Assetization and the future of value in the digitalized higher education industry
      Janja Komljenovic, Lancaster University
    2. Regimes of Sight and Optical Illusions in the Platform University
      Susan Robertson, University of Cambridge
    3. In Praise of Speed
      Filip Vostal, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences