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Khoo, S.
Sociological Association of Ireland Postgraduate Conference
The role of the University and the (global) ethics of engagement
NUI, Galway
Invited Oral Presentation
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This talk critically examines discourses of ‘engagement’ and how these are situated within the contradictions and crises of the competition state, the politics of ‘austerity’ and the emerging dominance of transnational informational ‘e-Empires’. The paper provokes a broader engagement with alternative and ethical visions of globalization, arguing that higher education’s  historic,  socio-cultural and democratic roles cannot yet be written out of the global script of higher education. The rationale for higher education to play a functionally creative role for the economy is contrasted with alternative rationales connected to the communicative and critically creative roles that higher education can play in relation to the democratic transformation of society
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