This XIX ISA (International Sociological Association) World Congress of Sociology will be held in Toronto, Canada between 15th and 21st July 2018. Zsuzsanna Géring, the director and Gábor Király, the academic director of our research centre are organising a session in the congress which is entitled “Roles and Responsibility of the University in Shaping Future Societies”.The session (Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 15:30-17:20 room 206D) is a reflection on the latest social, political, economic and technological trends that are not just affecting but present serious challenges to higher education institutions.
What can universities do to increase their adaptive capacities in times of rapid changes and how can they transform while being responsible and contributing to more democratic and just societies?
The nine presentations of the session representing eight different countries will try to give answers to these questions by applying an atypical format in which the audience will also be engaged in the discussion. The presentations and group discussions will be organised around three main topics: 1) Teaching and learning about the future, 2) Digitalisation & the future of Higher Education, 3) Policy issues & the future of Higher Education.
The presentations of the session:
- John Holmwood and Chaime Marcuello-Servos: Public University Pathogens: Digitalisation, Commodification and Precarity
- Mark Murphy and Cristina Costa: Digital Scholarship, Higher Education and the Future of the Public Intellectual
- Lars Geer Hammershoj: The Academic Ethos of Shaping the Future: Cultivating a Sense of History and a Sense of Purpose
- Mduduzi Mtshali and Radhamany Sooryamoorthy: Challenges for Higher Education in South Africa: The Case of Universities of Technology
- Elmar Schuell: Current Trends and Future Challenges of the Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences
- Farah Purwaningrum: Towards Societal Relevance? Unpacking the Arrangements of Knowledge Flow in a Private University in Indonesia
- Shane Duggan: The Politics of Aspiration: Digital Disruption and the Promise of the New in Australian Higher Education Policy
- Senan Gardiner: Embodying Transformative Futures: The Relationship of Agency and Anticipatory Competence
- Andrea Toarniczky, Reka Matolay, Judit Gaspar: Responsible Higher Education – Practicing Transformative Learning and Teaching
Teaser about the symposium in the online magazine ‘Social Theory Applied’.