What is going on in higher education? There is no shortage of critical accounts that link the changes in universities - in the UK and globally - with the broader transformation of the social processes of defining, measuring, and valorising knowledge. Yet, the abundance of critique has not been matched by forms of protest or resistance. What can explain this absence? Drawing on sociology of critique, this talk examines the relationship between the ontological foundations and performativity of critique, and develops a framework within which to theorize the role of 'speech acts' in the 'war on universities'.

Jana Bacevic is a postdoctoral research associate at the Faculty of Education and PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge.

Previously, she was Marie Curie fellow at UNIKE (Universities in the Knowledge Economy) at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and Lecturer at the Central European University in Hungary.

All are welcome to attend.  Please contact Dee Daglish for further information.

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