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Epistemic Justice and the Future of the Democratic University (Public Lecture)

July 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Photo of Boaventura de SousaSantos

This is a public lecture followed by drinks reception.

Public universities are at a crossroads. An epochal struggle is unfolding between the top-down demand for academic capitalism and the bottom-up demand for democratic and intercultural responsibility. Unless the latter demand prevails, the public university will be disfigured beyond recognition in the coming decades. What are the conditions for renegotiating its hegemony under the current conditions? Which are the allies for such renegotiation? Which probable new design will be emerging?

Biography – Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University. He has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum. His most recent project – ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences – was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe.

Bristol Institute For Learning and Teaching (BILT) and the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship are co-hosting this event with the School of Education.