Global Students: Mapping the Field of University Lives
Date: 7 - 9 December 2017
Convenors: Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka (Bielefeld, GER), Andrea Kölbel (Berlin, GER), Susan Thieme (Bern, SUI)
Universities are currently undergoing dramatic change that is driven by different processes of globalisation, value re-orientation as well as by the widening of the higher education sector taking place all over the globe. This conference aims to bring a number of scholars from different disciplines and from different regional and topical fields of study together in order to reflect on the changing nature of the social spaces of universities. It will concentrate on the ever diversifying student bodies navigating the global realm of higher education and acting within the confines of their universities. The main rationale is to map out the globalising field of higher education observed from the venture point of students - embedded in significant social relations such as families, political parties and the working world - reflecting on global trends as much as on local/national variation as well as engaging in comparative perspectives. The discussions will centre on spatial and temporal dimensions of studying, on the different kinds of mobilities (social, spatial, intellectual, and political) entailed, on the nexus between in/equality and heterogeneity as well as on transformations and configurations taking place in ‘university lives’.