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Boaventura de Sousa Santos participa Guest lecture "Student Political Activism and the Crisis of the University"

@ Roskilde University, Denmark - March 13, 2015 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

There is no global social justice without global cognitive justice. This is why the University plays a central role in relation to the problems that we face today, which are often characterized by the intertwinement of the global and the local.
Hegemonic globalization affects the University in an undemocratic direction, most notably through the commodification of education. However, the door is open for us to counter this tendency by engaging in counterhegemonic democratic-participative practices.
It is crucial that these counterhegemonic practices do not remain localized. Creative, democratic and empowering reforms of the Public University around the world need to articulate in anti-hegemonic globalization processes. One attempt in such direction is the ALICE research project, which engages with alternative forms of globalization and epistemologies of The South, addressing alternatives to economic and social organization, political participation, and construction of knowledge.
In short, Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ talk will revolve around pertinent questions relating to the crisis of the Public University, and explore the different contributions that epistemologies of The South bring to thinking through and constructing democratic and emancipatory University reforms.

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