The Virtual University

10 May 2010, 12:45 - 14:00

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Professor Gary Hall (Coventry School of Art and Design, University of Coventry)

In my recent monograph, Digitize This Book!, I argued that the movement toward the open access publishing of academic research has the potential to transform ‘papercentric’ humanities scholarship in the 21st century. By unsettling previously established processes and categories of scholarship, open access raises broader questions about the role of the university as a whole, forcefully challenging both its established identity as the site of an elite cultural training and reproduction of a national culture, and its more recent reinvention under the tenets of neoliberalism as knowledge factory and profit centre.  My project, ‘The Virtual University’ proposes a future idea of the university which draws on the multi-user-generated nature of much Web 2.0 culture and technology to develop what I term a ‘virtual university’.

Work-in-Progress Seminars 
The work-in-progress seminars feature the work of our termly Visiting Fellows and Early Career Fellows.

Seminars begin at 12.45 and end at 2pm. Presentations are no more than 25 minutes long to allow plenty of time for discussion.  Tea, coffee and sandwiches are provided.  All welcome.  The seminar is open to all - no need to register.

Readings for the Work in Progress sessions are available by clicking on the  link on the right.  People attending from outside the Centre can request access to the readings by contacting Michelle Maciejewska for information.