Den högre utbildningen som forskningsobjekt (HERO)

Givet den högre utbildningens enorma expansion under det senaste halvseklet och dess ökade strategiska betydelse för samhället i stort är det både förvånande och anmärkningsvärt att så lite forskning ägnas åt området i Sverige. Uppsala universitet utgör dock ett undantag. I dagsläget bedrivs omfattande forskning om den högre utbildningens organisation inom företagsekonomin, om dess sociala struktur inom utbildningssociologin, om universitetet som idé inom filosofi och idé-och lärdomshistoria, om högskolesektorns styrning inom statsvetenskap och så vidare. Den högre utbildningen som forskningsobjekt (HERO) är ett mångvetenskapligt forskningsnätverk vid Uppsala universitet som ämnar förstärka denna mångfacetterade forskning ytterligare genom en serie initiativ innefattande en gemensam seminarieserie, doktorandinternat samt forskningsworkshopar. Genom en mer frekvent samverkan mellan de ingående miljöerna är ambitionen att Uppsala universitet ska bli en central internationell nod för forskning om högre utbildning.

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Installationsföreläsning

Den 14 november höll Thomas Karlsohn sin installationsföreläsning som professor vid Uppsala universitet. Föreläsningen bar titeln Vad är ett universitet?

Se föreläsningen här.


Forskningsprojekt: Organisationens Heliga Treenighet

Linda Wedlin beviljas bidrag från Vetenskapsrådet för projektet Organisationens Heliga Treenighet: Förändrad administration i moderna universitet.

Abstract
This project aims to develop knowledge on current changes in administrative practices of public sector organizations, and the implications thereof for the relations between administration, professions and management of the organization – the Holy Trinity of Organization. Our specific purpose is to theorize administration as a central element in organizational development and change, and analyse how changes in administration interrelates with other changes to produce long-term change in core activities of these organizations. We do this by investigating the changes in administrative structures and positions in Swedish universities over time, and analyse the relation to management as well as implications for academic activity. In the first part of the project, we empirically analyse the creation and expansion of administrative units and positions through document analysis of university directories. In the second part, we analyse how new administrative practices and ideals get embodied into the organization and lead to various degrees of coupling between the means and the ends of the organization. We develop ideas from organizational institutional theory to explain the influence of administration practices, and to theorize concepts of decoupling, coupling, and sedimentation of practices and governance. This helps us better understand current pressures on universities and other public organizations to transform into autonomous entities. The project runs over 3 years.


KALENDARIUM

6–8 maj, 2020

Academia Europaea HERCulES Symposium:
The Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions


Mer information inom kort.

Lokal: Humanistiska teatern.


Anordnas av The Academia Europaea HERCulES group, SCAS – Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, HERO – Den högre utbildningen som forkningsobjekt, och SIHE – Forum för studier av den högre utbildningens internationalisering. Med ekonomiskt stöd från Åke Wibergs stiftelse och Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier.

19–20 Oktober 2020

Konferens: "Universities under Siege?"

”The crisis of the university” is a familiar topos in contemporary discussions about higher education. It is said that the University is facing untold threats from, inter alia, the anti-intellectualism of populist politicians and authoritarian regimes, the commodification of knowledge resulting from neo-liberal ideas about utility and international competition, the politicization of teaching and learning arising out of identity movements, the fragmenting of the university in response to stakeholder demands, and so forth.

This conference poses the question: Is this really the case? And, if so, what exactly is being threatened?

The aim of the meeting is to take a serious look at what is ultimately at stake, among other things, by examining the roots of these developments in terms of our conceptions of what is useful knowledge, why it is desirable and what is required to establish, maintain and develop it through our institutions of higher education.

You are invited to submit an abstract outlining in brief your analysis of the central problems confronting the university today. Examples of topics that may be relevant include the casualization of faculty, the rising costs of higher education, limitations on academic freedom, internationalization, digitalization, and student employability. We welcome contributions from all disciplines.

Läs Call for abstracts.

För mer information, se konferensens hemsida.


Anordnas av HERO i samarbete med The Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society (PaTHES) och Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society.