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21 April 2011
The golden age of university autonomy is over and institutions must move forward and reinvent their public mission, an eminent sociologist will argue in a keynote lecture at the University.
Professor Michael Burawoy of the University of California, Berkeley, is a leading proponent of public sociology, a renowned author, and a close observer of industrial workplaces in countries around the world. Most recently, he has turned to the study of his own workplace – the university – to consider the way sociology itself is produced and then disseminated to diverse publics.
On 9th June 2011, he will deliver the first of the University’s new Distinguished Lecture’s speaking on the subject of ‘Universities in Crisis’. Based on his current research, Professor Burawoy’s lecture will explore how universities around the world are subject to intensified regulation and marketisation. Because of this, Professor Burawoy suggests that the professional and policy dimensions are emphasised by universities at the expense of the critical and public dimensions.
The Distinguished Lecture Series is a new initiative which aims to bring eminent and influential guest speakers to the University and a wider audience to showcase their work.
Ahead of the lecture the Schools supporting the event – the School of Social Sciences, the School of City and Regional Planning and Cardiff Business School - will be outlining their cutting-edge research in a series of seminars and workshops.
Running from 2pm – 5pm the seminars take place at the Glamorgan Building and are open to all. To attend the afternoon seminar series please contact Sandra Bonney, School of Social Sciences on Bonney@cardiff.ac.uk
Professor Burawoy’s lecture will be held at Birt Acres lecture theatre, Bute Building, Cardiff and starts at 6.00pm, with a reception beforehand starting at 5.30pm.
To reserve a place at the lecture please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 029 2087 6935.
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