20 December 2016

The purpose of the future university: call for papers

A call for papers has been announced by Aarhus University in Denmark for ‘The purpose of the future university – philosophy of higher education conference’ on 6-8 November 2017.

The conference will play an important role in the joint international endeavour of developing and strengthening the discussions about the purpose and role of the university as an institution. It will be central to the formation of an initiative to establish a lasting joint international academic venture into the philosophy of higher education. The conference encourages a multigenerational host of participants including PhD students, and newer and experienced researchers and scholars.

Details of the conference themes are available on the Aarhus University website.

The conference invites proposals for working papers within the following domains:

  • Knowledge, critical thinking, and higher education epistemologies
  • Globalisation and socio-political agendas and their connection to national and local institutional and professional contexts
  • Entrepreneurship, agency, and the formation of students
  • Higher education curriculum and teaching and learning practices
  • Universities and responsibility; academic citizenship and societal engagement
  • The ontology of the university; being and becoming of the university
  • The idea and purpose of the future university

The conference primarily welcome contributions within philosophical, anthropological, and sociological approaches to the future of higher education practice, but all disciplinary approaches are very welcome.

Deadlines and registration

To keep discussion vibrant and to invite collaborative thinking and learning, participants are encouraged to submit their work-in-progress, and thus not finished papers. Individual paper presentations, symposia, and workshops are welcome.

Submission deadline: 3 April 2017

Further details are available on the Aarhus University website.