Schol…Exodus? Learning Within/Against/Beyond the Institution

Bennett Carpenter, Laura Goldblatt, Lenora Hanson, Karim Wissa, Andrew Yale

Abstract


Critical approaches to the political landscape of higher education are often divided between suggesting either that the university is in such a ruins that it must be abandoned, or that it exists as one of the only vestiges of a public good that needs to be restored and defended. Here, we take an alternative approach to analyzing the crisis-ridden landscape of higher education: class composition, a term we inherit from militant co-research projects. As defined by Marta Malo de Molina, class composition is the “subjective structure of needs, behaviours and antagonist practices, sedimented through a long history of different struggles.” This use of composition seeks to understand how worker and student subjectivities are forged through antagonism and difference to capitalist exploitation and its investments in technology, development, and “progress.”

Keywords


higher education; activism; workplace activism; academic freedom

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ISSN 1715-0094  Workplace