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Academic citizenship beyond the campus: A call for the placeful university

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Through combining theories of space and place with works on institutional being, virtues and modes of becoming, this article develops and promotes academic citizenship as the formation of dwelling, being and becoming on the placeful university beyond the campus. We argue that this is a prerequisite for the integration of the university in society and society in the university. We discuss the need for a concept of the placeful university to capture academic belonging in the nexus between university and society. As such, the conceptualisation of the placeful university provides an opportunity to re-imagine the possibilities of the university to integrate with people and society through dialogue and placeful-ness. Accordingly, supporting academic citizenship entails designing for the placeful university – a university that invites and promotes openness, dialogue, democracy, mutual integration, care and joint responsibility. Consequently, a comprehension of the placeful university is developed in the article to make the potentiality of academic citizenship for the future university emerge.
TitelThe Idea of the University : Contemporary Perspectives Volume 2
RedaktørerRonald Barnett, Michael Peters
ForlagPeter Lang
Udgivelsesårapr. 2018
ISBN (trykt) 978-1433149795
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2018
SerietitelGlobal studies in education

Bibliografisk note

This book chapter originally was published as a journal article in the journal Higher Education Research and Development (HERD), vol.35, No.1, 2016, pp.4-16. The re-publication of the article has been verified by Taylor & Francis.


  • University, Higher Education, Philosophy of Higher Education, Educational Philosophy, Idea of the University, Academic Citizenship, Martin Heidegger, Dwelling, Design Thinking

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