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What do we hope for a university of tomorrow? Transforming academia along with feminist, decolonial, anti-racist and engaged approaches II 
Julia Nina Baumann (Inst. für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Freie Universität Berlin)
Andrea Behrends (Leipzig University)
Lina Knorr (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
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Lightning panel
Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 0G/007
Wednesday 27 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The panel aims to present ideas, experiences and hopes for a university of tomorrow along with feminist, decolonial, anti-racist & engaged approaches. Through short presentations, we will reflect and remodel the academic culture & knowledge production to let our future university emerge.

Long Abstract:

The #Rhodesmustfall, #metoo, Black Lives Matter, #IchBinHanna and several other activist approaches have fed into discussions about precarious academic working conditions, discrimination, racism and post-colonial structures in and outside universities. Anthropological perspectives have contributed to uncovering mechanisms that reproduce and re-enforce harmful settings. In this panel, we want to discuss academic structures, cultures and phenomena, that facilitate and reinforce certain power imbalances. The aim is to make visible potentials of and approaches within the academic community that provide assistance and practical know-how for reflection and possible subsequent transformation. Building on decolonial, feminist and anti-racist anthropological alignments the panel will collect experiences with, ideas on, and hopes for academic cultures and knowledge production. Through a number of lightning presentations, we will be discussing how knowledge production can be shaped in an equal and fair way; how social power imbalances influence academic work; what institutional answers to disbalances we find; which agency individual academics have and how teaching and the promotion of young researchers have to be designed to be more participatory and inclusive. This leads to the questions, how university structures can be reflected, dismantled and transformed and what we hope for a university of tomorrow?

We understand the Panel as a platform to elaborate work in progress and unconventional ideas as part of a critical and engaged anthropology in practice that goes beyond mere academic work. Finally, we invite the audience to contribute to a collective kaleidoscopic image to let our university of tomorrow emerge.

Accepted presentations:

Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -