The Old Courtroom
118 Church Street (side entrance)
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What should universities be?

imagesThe Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics & Ethics (CAPPE) at the University of Brighton is hosting a series of talks about what universities should be. These talks form the David Watson Memorial Lecture Series, 2015-2016.

All talks take place in the Old Courtroom Lecture Theatre , Church Street, Brighton, 6-30 – 8.00 pm.


24 November 2015

Elizabeth Nixon,               Deconstructing the Sovereign Student

John Scullion

Intensifying marketization across Higher Education in the UK continues to generate critical commentary on the potentially devastating consequences of market logic for pedagogy.

In this lecture, we consider the student-consumer prominent in these debates as a discursive construction that, loaded with power relations and internal tensions, may marginalise or silence alternative roles and identities for students (and their tutors). We will discuss some of the various mechanisms through which the student and their satisfaction is constructed as sovereign, and how this further entrenches a seemingly natural state of fit between HE and wider consumer capitalism. We will also share empirical material from two phenomenological studies of undergraduates’ educational experiences to identify a range of discursive positions students are adopting, and reveal some of the student ‘satisfaction’ and ‘dissatisfaction’ created by the consequences of marketization itself.

Elizabeth Nixon is Assistant Professor in Marketing, Nottingham University,

John Scullion is Senior Lecturer in Marketing Communications and Political Communications, Bournemouth University           

Future lectures:

8 December 2015

David Salomon                  The Politicization of the Universities?

Associate Professor, Political Science, Universität Siegen


5 January 2016

Jo Williams                      Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge

Director, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent


19 January 2016

John Holmwood                   The
University, Democracy and the Public                                                       Interest

Professor of Sociology, Nottingham University

Co-Founder, Campaign for the Public University


2 February 2016

Howard Hotson                  Educating homo sapiens

Professor of Early Modern Intellectual History, University of Oxford.

16 February 2016

David Eastwood                  Question Time 

Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham University

Member, Browne Review

CEO Higher Education Funding Council, 2006-9


1 March 2016

Stefan Collini                  Reading the Ruins; imagining the future of                                                          Universities        

Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature, University of Cambridge 

8 March  2016

Julia Goodfellow         Universities as Shapeshifters

Vice-Chancellor, University of Kent

Chair, Universities UK

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