Integrating Radical Scholarship and Activism Inside the Neoliberal University

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Oakley, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Jared Van Ramshorst, Salvatore Engel-DiMauro, Lydia Wood
Chairs: Anne-Marie Debbane


For decades, scholars have placed social justice and radical change at the heart of their research and teaching. In geography, there has been a spirited and ongoing effort to integrate critical scholarship and activism, for example, through participatory action research, service-learning, and a growing movement of scholar-activists. Ironically, amidst the proliferation of radical and critical scholarship, the university has become increasingly neoliberalized worldwide—a hostile space often incompatible with public scholarship, social activism, and scholar wellbeing. How, then, can scholars direct their energy and activism both individually and collectively toward changing the neoliberal university itself? How can we draw upon the abundance of critical scholarship to build networks of resistance and change across universities, disciplines, and transnational academic communities?

This roundtable panel brings together scholars and activists alike to discuss the challenges and strategies in transforming the neoliberal university. We seek broad participation from a variety of individuals across the spectrum. The panel is less interested in how people integrate activism with scholarship and more concerned with how scholars channel their energy and activism into transforming the university itself into a more radical, caring, and transformative space.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Patricia Daley 20
Panelist Jessica Dempsey University of Victoria 20
Panelist Lorraine Dowler Penn State University 20
Panelist Paul Routledge University of Leeds 20
Panelist Jared Van Ramshorst Syracuse University 20

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