This contribution focuses on how radical transformations are enabled by universities as cultural and social actors/communities with their own roots. Tensions between shared visions and situated differences are here explored with relation to the Agenda 2030 by focusing on the case of the Argentinean Universities for Environmental Management and Social Inclusion network (UAGAIS). By mediating the culturally situated conceptualization of social commitment with global discourse, UAGAIS seems to enable a non-Western worldview of sustainable and transformative knowledge through the concept of “extension”, that may lead to tipping points. In-depth interviews with key members of UAGAIS touched on issues including the sustainability agenda, its inclusion and translation into universities policies, culture and practices. Discourse analysis, informed by cultural psychology approach, identified shared interpretative repertoires regarding the positioning of participants, the boundaries between universities and society, and the conflicts which the network is dealing with. Results provide a critical point of view of western and North hemisphere assumptions about SDGs by introducing alternative and culturally viable visions of sustainability, social inclusion and transformative knowledge.

“The cultural bases behind a radical transformation. Policies and practices of sustainability and inclusiveness in an Argentinean network of universities” / Norton, Laura Soledad; Rizzoli, Valentina; Sarrica, Mauro. - (2021). ((Intervento presentato al convegno Transformations 2021: Enabling Positive Tipping Points in an Uncertain World tenutosi a Online.

“The cultural bases behind a radical transformation. Policies and practices of sustainability and inclusiveness in an Argentinean network of universities”

Laura Soledad Norton
Primo
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Valentina Rizzoli;Mauro Sarrica
2021

Abstract

This contribution focuses on how radical transformations are enabled by universities as cultural and social actors/communities with their own roots. Tensions between shared visions and situated differences are here explored with relation to the Agenda 2030 by focusing on the case of the Argentinean Universities for Environmental Management and Social Inclusion network (UAGAIS). By mediating the culturally situated conceptualization of social commitment with global discourse, UAGAIS seems to enable a non-Western worldview of sustainable and transformative knowledge through the concept of “extension”, that may lead to tipping points. In-depth interviews with key members of UAGAIS touched on issues including the sustainability agenda, its inclusion and translation into universities policies, culture and practices. Discourse analysis, informed by cultural psychology approach, identified shared interpretative repertoires regarding the positioning of participants, the boundaries between universities and society, and the conflicts which the network is dealing with. Results provide a critical point of view of western and North hemisphere assumptions about SDGs by introducing alternative and culturally viable visions of sustainability, social inclusion and transformative knowledge.
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