Reworking the University: Visions, Strategies, Demands

Starting Date: 04-24-2009
Ending Date: 04-26-2009

University Of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
Reworking the University: Visions, Strategies, Demands
April 24-26, 2009, University of Minnesota
Call for Ideas - Please Distribute Widely!

The current "financial meltdown" has exacerbated the ongoing crises
within the university, resulting in even greater budget cuts, tuition
hikes, hiring freezes and layoffs. Responses from university
administrations have been predominantly reactive and have served to
fortify the university as an institution of neoliberal capitalism. The
administration and others have narrated this crisis as an external
force that, while dramatic in the short run, can nonetheless be
managed properly. It is clear to many, however, that the neoliberal
logic that has been used to transform the university over the past few
decades has failed at a systemic level; the neoliberal death spiral
has come home to the university.

In contrast to these reactionary responses, we seek to create a space
for collective re-evaluation of the university in crisis as an
opportunity for real transformation. Last year's conference,
"Rethinking the University: Labor, Knowledge, Value" (April 2008),
sought to challenge the supposed inevitability of the neoliberal
university. As a continuation of this project, "Reworking the
University" seeks to draw together academics, artists, and activists,
to share and produce political visions, strategies and demands for
building an alternative university in common.

"Reworking the University" seeks to generate a vibrant, political
exchange by troubling the traditional format of the academic
conference. To this end, we hope to produce spaces for individuals and
groups from different backgrounds and across a variety of
institutional boundaries to converge. While the conference will
include the presentation of papers on the topic of "Reworking the
University," the committee's selection process will prioritize
workshops, roundtables, trainings, art installations, film screenings,
performances, and other forms of creative engagement.

The conference organizing collective has selected several questions
and themes that emerged out of the 2008 conference that we will
address in various formats. If you have interest in participating,
please provide us with a description of your proposed contribution. We
encourage you to self-organize a session (i.e. a performance,
workshop, roundtable, training, etc.) and submit it as a whole. Feel
free to use the blog ( to help
facilitate session organizing.

Below is a list of possible topics and we, of course, welcome
additional suggestions. In submitting your ideas for sessions, please
give us as much information as possible—suggestions for themes, other
participants and the session format.

The Reworking the University conference coincides with "Reclaim Your
Education – Global Week of Action 2009" (April 20-27: Organizers also
encourage suggestions for additional actions as part of this event.

Send your submissions (of up to 500 words) to The
deadline for submissions is February 10, 2009.

- Confronting American Apartheid: Access to education
- The financial crisis and the university
- Counter/Radical Cartographies and Disorientation Guides
- Corporate funding and the university
- Autonomous/Open/Free Universities
- The Poverty of Student Life
- Post-Enlightenment Visions: Beyond the Liberal Model
- Anarchism and Education
- Adjunct Unionization
- Organizing Across Campuses, Cities, and Regions
- Post-Antioch Universities/the Antioch Legacy
- Anti-militarization Movements in the University
- Prisons and Education
- Undergrad Education Beyond Commodification
- Historical Struggles in the University: May '68 and beyond
- Autoreduction and Tactics for Direct Action in the Workplace
- Contemporary Struggles in the University: The Anomalous Wave &
Movements in Italy, Greece and elsewhere
- Expropriating Institutional Space
- Graduate student unionization and Radicalizing the Academy
- Anti-professionalization; Anti-disciplinarity
- Student Debt
- Pedagogy of the crisis
- Creating Radical/Open Access Publications and the Politics of Citation

The schedule and proceedings from last year's conference can be found at:


Committee on Revolutionizing the Academy (ComRAD)
Geographical Scope: National

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