Why do we have universities? Are they only there to serve students and conduct research? Or is it that, through this and in addition to this, they also have an important public responsibility and public role?
In a time when politicians, policy makers and other stakeholders are constantly increasing their expectations about what universities should deliver, we believe that it is important to re-engage with the idea of the university as a public institution. To this effect we will be organizing an international event at the KU Leuven (Belgium) on 10-11 February 2011: Curating the European University: Exposition and Public Debate. The aim of the event is to bring together individuals and groups who share a concern about the public role of the university and who have developed concrete initiatives for promoting and enhancing the public role of the university.
The event will be organized around an exposition of initiatives, practices or designs that aim to develop and support the university as a public institution. These initiatives should propose alternative but realistic ideas and plans on how to enhance the public role of the university across all its domains: research, teaching, service, administration, work. Submissions from all who are directly or indirectly involved in the university are welcome. Submissions are not limited to textual accounts, but may include visuals, photographs, video, installations, and so on. The main criterion is that projects should exemplify ways in which we can take care for the public role of the university in Europe today.
The deadline for submission of outline proposals is 31st May 2010. An international jury will make a selection by 28th June 2010. Final deadline for submission of full projects is 1st November 2010. The exposition of selected projects will start on the first day together with the official presentation of the catalogue. During the second day of the meeting round tables will be organised to discuss the projects. For more information please see the documents attached.
We hope that this event will provide you with an opportunity to present interesting initiatives from within your own institutions, and we would appreciate if you could bring this initiative to the attention of your colleagues.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You are kindly invited to forward this e-mail to all those who may be interested. We hope to meet you or your colleagues in Leuven in 2011.
Also on behalf of the other members of the organizing committee,
Maarten Simons (KULeuven, Belgium), Jan Masschelein (KULeuven, Belgium), Gert Biesta (University of Stirling, UK), Toon Braeckman (KULeuven, Belgium), Jan Elen (KULeuven, Belgium), Marek Kwiek (Poznan University, Poland), Sari Lindblom-Ylšnne (University of Helsinki, Finland), Grahame Locke (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands), Vassiliki Papatsiba (University of Sheffield, UK), Norbert Ricken (University of Bremen, Germany), Nicolas Standaert (KULeuven, Belgium), An Verburgh (KULeuven, Belgium), Lech Witkowski (Jagellonian University, Poland) and Pavel Zgaga (Unversity of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
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