Critical Perspectives on the European Mediasphere. The intellectual work of the 2011 European media and communication doctoral summer school.

Title chapter: Social Scientists and the European Neoliberal University: Tensions in Conceptualisations of the Public Role of Universities
Author: Jeoffrey Gaspard and Pika Založnik
Keywords: university, marketisation, commercialisation, neo-liberalism, academia
Abstract: In this chapter we will discuss the different conceptualisations of publicness, authority and engagement in the public sphere in the context of the university, along with the tensions that arise from it. For social scientists this results in a balancing act between the different and sometimes opposing imperatives of the University-as-an-institution, their conceptualisation of the public role of the university and the scientist and the scientific culture in the field of the social sciences. Although we can discern the rise of a ‘participatory paradigm’ in both institutional and scientific discourses, we propose that the imperatives and the strategies of the University could increasingly be at odds with the self-understanding of social scientists and their scientific culture.
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