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This page lists events that support the aims of the Campaign for the Public University. If you are holding a local or national event and you wish to have it listed here, please contact us.

Forthcoming Events

CRASSH 10th Anniversary Lecture Series: The Idea of the University

5pm, Tuesdays Michaelmas Term 2011
Location: Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge

To celebrate CRASSH’s 10th Anniversary we are delighted to inaugurate a series of high profile public lectures on matters of pressing concern in today’s society. The first lecture series brings together some of Cambridge’s leading thinkers to discuss The Idea of the University. The line-up includes:

11 Oct 2011: Professor Stefan Collini
18 Oct 2011: Professor Onora O’Neill
25 Oct 2011: Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
8 Nov 2011: Professor Martin Rees
22 Nov 2011: Senior Government Minister (TBA)
29 Nov 2011: Professor Simon Schaffer

The lectures are free and open to all, no registration required. For further information please click here.You can also join the series on Facebook here. For details of the other 100 events taking place at CRASSH this autumn, please click here. 


Past Events

Discourses of Dissent (16 February 2011)

In light of the coalition government’s austerity agenda and the emerging movement against it, Discourses of Dissent asked how academic research can help inform and sustain political resistance.

In doing so it confronted a variety of pressing questions standing at the interface between theory and politics. How do theoretical justifications of austerity work to constrain public debate? How does the current government’s incongruous blend of neoliberal realism and superficial progressivism relate to what went before it? What resources can we find in social theory to critique the coalition’s agenda and its relationship to the wider crisis of late capitalism? How can academic research in general (and social theory in particular) aid the cultivation and propagation of positive discourses which would allow us to break out of the ever narrowing political and cultural horizons which have defined the public life of the UK over the last three decades?