Making connections: how research sabbaticals globalized the University of California, 1899-1919

Authors: Heike Joens*, Loughborough University
Topics: Historical Geography
Keywords: university, research, sabbatical leave, academic travel, United States
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Balcony L, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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Geographical studies of universities have examined how these institutions impact on their local and regional environments and contribute to national economic growth. Recent work on the internationalization of higher education has added an important global perspective to this wider research agenda, with a focus on the international mobility of students and faculty. This paper adopts a historical geographical perspective on interactions between the university and the wider world by examining how the introduction of regular research sabbaticals in the University of California in 1899 began to transform its mother campus in Berkeley from a peripheral west coast institution of higher education into the leading public research university of the United States. Based on an analysis of the nature, development and geographies of the research sabbatical, I argue that the institutionalization of sabbatical leave represents a landmark shift in the geographies of academic knowledge production and the nature of the research university.

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