The Hopeless University: Intellectual Work at the end of The End of History
The University is being explicitly restructured the production, circulation and accumulation of value, materialised in the form of rents and surpluses on operating activities. The pace of restructuring is affected by the interplay between financial crisis and Covid-19, through which the public value of the University is continually questioned. In this conjuncture of crises that affect the body of the institution and the bodies of its labourers, the desires of Capital trumps human needs. The structural adjustment of sectoral and institutional structures as forms, cultures as pathologies, and activities as methodologies, enacts scarring. However, the visibility of scars has led to a reawakening of politics inside and beyond the University. The idea that History had ended because there is no alternative to capitalism or its political horizon, is in question. Instead, the political content of the University has reasserted itself at the end of The End of History. In this article, the idea that the University at The End of History has become a hopeless space, unable both to fulfil the desires of those who labour within it for a good life, and to contribute solutions to socio-economic and socio-environmental ruptures, is developed dialectically. This enables us to consider the potential for reimagining intellectual work as a movement of sensuous human activity in the world, rather than being commodified for value.
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Citation : Hall, R. (2020) The Hopeless University: Intellectual Work at the end of The End of History. Postdigital Science and Education.
ISSN : 2524-4868
Research Institute : Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice
Peer Reviewed : Yes