On Academic Entrepreneurship: The Transformation of New Zealand’s Universities

10. julij 2014

Na kulturnem področju se s poletjem programi ne prekinejo, nasprotno. Zakaj naj bi torej bilo na akademskem področju drugače? To je čas poletnih šol in srečanj z gosti iz vseh koncev sveta. Na CEPSu gostimo v drugem tednu julija poletno šolo UNIKE (Universities in the Knowledge society; FP7 Marie Curie; več o tem na http://unike.au.dk/) in v njenem okviru bomo organizirali tudi odprto predavanje znanega novozelandskega socialnega antropologa profesorja Chrisa Shora (Univerza v Aucklandu; več o njem http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/people/csho011). Naslov njegovega predavanja je On Academic Entrepreneurship: The Transformation of New Zealand’s Universities.

Vljudno vas torej vabim, da se nam pridružite na prvem »poletnem seminarju šolskega polja«, ki bo v četrtek, 10. julija 2014 ob 17.15 uri v Zbornični dvorani na Univerzi v Ljubljani, Kongresni trg 12, Ljubljana.

Abstract

One of the most striking aspects of the way universities are being transformed in the global knowledge economy is the increasing emphasis many now place on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship as a core aspect of the university’s mission. Rendering academics more ‘entrepreneurial’ has become an implicit, and sometimes explicit, policy objective in many universities. Yet entrepreneurs are, by definition, individuals who own or manage a business and who, through risk and initiative, seek to make profits. How applicable is this Schumpeterian understanding of entrepreneurship to academics? This lecture reports on the rise of university entrepreneurship and commercialization in New Zealand, a country that has pioneered many of the reforms associated with neoliberalism. I explore some of the different sites and spaces of commercialization to ask; what impact is this having on the meaning and mission of the university, and on academic subjectivities? Who are the new academic entrepreneurs of the neoliberal university? And what does ‘entrepreneurship’ mean in a public university context? Finally, I analyze some of the implications and tensions that the rise of academic entrepreneurs is creating in the public university.