Academic Activism Reconsidered: Between Societal Impact and Emancipation

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    Abstract

    As states around the world has withdrawn a significant portion of their investment in universities, universities have been forced to develop new funding models and institutional strategies for how to survive and compete within a neoliberal framework. We are witnessing an entrepreneurial turn of research environments with an ever-increasing focus on the roles of professionalization and employability in researcher education and careers. As a counter-view, the paper aims to open up the conceptual understanding of the interconnectedness between research and its societal contexts. I shall argue that these relationships cannot exhaustively be described through current discourses about societal impact but need a broader and more inclusive vocabulary including terms like societal engagement, societal responsibility, societal value and societal dialogue and commitment. I shall work from a philosophical foundation in the understanding of the relation between research and emancipation as found in the critical realism of Roy Bhaskar coupled with recent discussions within the literature of academic activism.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Artikelnummer2
    TidsskriftPhilosophy and Theory in Higher Education
    Vol/bind4
    Nummer2
    Sider (fra-til)41-60
    Antal sider20
    ISSN2578-5753
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2022

    Emneord

    • Research
    • Societal impact
    • Societal value
    • Researcher education
    • PhD
    • Emancipation
    • Academic activism

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