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18:00 - 19:15 29 November 2017

Higher education as self-formation


Jeffrey Hall | UCL Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
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Speaker information

Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education, Professor Marginson joined the IOE in 2013, prior to which he was based at the universities of Melbourne and Monash. He is one of the most cited researchers in the field of higher education studies. He draws on and integrates a range of social science disciplines in his work, primarily political economy and political philosophy, historical sociology and social theory. He work focuses on globalisation and higher education, international and comparative higher education, and higher education and social inequality. He is currently researching the implications of the worldwide trend to high participation systems of higher education.

The lecture will draw on a sweep of ideas from the fields of education and social science, including the late work of Michel Foucault on the formation of autonomous human subjects, Amartya Sen’s forms of freedom and idea of capability, and Vygotsky’s positioning of individual development in social and cultural context. He will also remark on the apparent paradox of today’s high participation higher education systems: while they have made self-formation more democratic and educated human capabilities more widespread, the opportunities to use those capabilities seem to be shrinking as societies (i.e. social formation, as distinct from self-formation) become more unequal.


Kate Thomas
+44(0)2076126056 | ioe.events@ucl.ac.uk


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