In this seminar Ines Langemeyer will present her recently published book 'Epistemic and learning culture. Wohin sich Universitäten entwickeln? [Whither universities?]" that she has edited together with Martin Fischer and Michaela Pfadenhauer. The question ‚whither universities‘ does not emerge without controversial subjects. It invokes both, various analyses of the current situation and invention of possibilities where the institution and its practices could and should go. In Karlsruhe in 2013, an international conference was organized to promote an interconnecting discussion among researchers from six different countries. Contributions are now published in this volume and entail pedagogical, psychological, sociological as well as historical investigations. They receive main ideas from Karin Knorr Cetina’s ethnographic studies on epistemic cultures. Her reflection on ‘professional epistemic cultures’ therefore serves as the opening of four thematic sections of the book: “The Topic: Epistemic and Learning Cultures”, “The Governance of the Universities”, “Academic Teaching and Learning”, and “University Education and Labour Markets”.
With the objective of reinterpreting the future of the universities and stimulating new reflections on their societal role with a ‘fresh pair of eyes’, the following questions will guide the presentation:
Are universities still – or rather already – the places where socially relevant knowledge is mainly developed and sustainably passed from one generation to the next? Is the university as an institution still – or rather already – able to create future-oriented epistemic cultures (Knorr Cetina)? Are the main challenges of our societies identified and comprehended in a reasonable manner so that relevant starting points for invention and intervention can be found? Which methods of learning and teaching will remain, and which will emerge? What developments are already visible? What could be the main purpose of universities in changing societies? Are there developments that resist fragmentation and how can universities ensure their attractiveness for those willing and able to enrol for academic courses in the future?
About the presenter
Ines Langemeyer holds the Chair of research on learning and instruction at the Karlruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) in Germany. Before, she was professor for adult education/further education at the University of Tübingen and Jun.-Professor at the University of Education, Ludwigsburg, and the German Institute of Adult Education, Bonn (DIE). She holds a Diplom in psychology (FU-Berlin) and a PhD in vocational education (Helmut-Schmidt University, Hamburg). Main research interests are inquiry-based forms of teaching and learning, the scientification/epistemification of work, the development of cooperative competence and the conditions of high-qualified work on the labour market.
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