Abstract: Worldwide university politics take for granted the primacy of GlobalNorthern paradigm. In the last decades, Higher Education policies have been shaped by global devices of neoliberal governance, such as the Competitiveness Global Index elaborated by the World Economic Forum. We examine the ever encroaching HE evaluation policies and illustrate how, in the framework of the current “Evaluative State”, university has been rebuilt according to the priorities of the “neoliberal market agenda”. What is at stake is a “new spirit of evaluation” that mirrors the current “new spirit of capitalism”. Opposite to the neutral and disembodied models of “ideal-academic”, which treat knowledge as a Northern, white, gendered, middle class monopoly, we argue that “academic quality” displays embedded/embodied features devoid of universalistic issues. Taking inspiration from Raewyn Connell (2019), we propose “another possible university”, appointed with less strict epistemic instances, to rethink Higher Education in terms of some fresh “breaking” ideas: “Meridian thought” (Cassano, 1996), “slowness” (Berg & Seeber, 2016), “multi-versity” (Braidotti, 2013), “subversity” (De Sousa Santos, 2018), “decolonization” (Mbembe, 2016), “deparochialization of research” (Appadurai, 2013). Keywords: higher education, southern theory, evaluation, global competitiveness indexes, meridian thought

Another University is possible. Towards an idea of meridian University / Gavrila, Mihaela; Borrelli, Davide; Spanò, Emanuela; Stazio, Marialuisa. - In: ITALIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION. - ISSN 2035-4983. - (2019), pp. 16-39. [10.14658/ pupj-ijse-2019-3-2]

Another University is possible. Towards an idea of meridian University

MIHAELA GAVRILA
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2019

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Abstract: Worldwide university politics take for granted the primacy of GlobalNorthern paradigm. In the last decades, Higher Education policies have been shaped by global devices of neoliberal governance, such as the Competitiveness Global Index elaborated by the World Economic Forum. We examine the ever encroaching HE evaluation policies and illustrate how, in the framework of the current “Evaluative State”, university has been rebuilt according to the priorities of the “neoliberal market agenda”. What is at stake is a “new spirit of evaluation” that mirrors the current “new spirit of capitalism”. Opposite to the neutral and disembodied models of “ideal-academic”, which treat knowledge as a Northern, white, gendered, middle class monopoly, we argue that “academic quality” displays embedded/embodied features devoid of universalistic issues. Taking inspiration from Raewyn Connell (2019), we propose “another possible university”, appointed with less strict epistemic instances, to rethink Higher Education in terms of some fresh “breaking” ideas: “Meridian thought” (Cassano, 1996), “slowness” (Berg & Seeber, 2016), “multi-versity” (Braidotti, 2013), “subversity” (De Sousa Santos, 2018), “decolonization” (Mbembe, 2016), “deparochialization of research” (Appadurai, 2013). Keywords: higher education, southern theory, evaluation, global competitiveness indexes, meridian thought
higher education; southern theory; evaluation; global competitiveness indexes; meridian thought
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Another University is possible. Towards an idea of meridian University / Gavrila, Mihaela; Borrelli, Davide; Spanò, Emanuela; Stazio, Marialuisa. - In: ITALIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION. - ISSN 2035-4983. - (2019), pp. 16-39. [10.14658/ pupj-ijse-2019-3-2]
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