Speaking of Universities: The Vocabulary of Higher Education

31 March 2017, 17:00 - 19:00

GRO6/7, Faculty of English, West Road, Cambridge

Professor Stefan Collini (University of Cambridge  )


University policy is shifting daily, all around the globe, with staggering social, moral, and economic consequences. Inside and outside of universities, we use a vocabulary of powerful words that is constantly changing: leadership, outreach, innovation, framework. But what do they mean? How do new uses of words affect the work we do and the lives we shape? What old uses are lost, squeezed out by new ones? Where is Raymond Williams when you need him?

Stefan Collini is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature. He has written widely on intellectuals in 20th-century Britain, and is one of Britain's most widely respected voices in current debates about higher education. This lecture develops themes from his just-published book Speaking of Universities (Verso, 2017).


This talk is organised by University Keywords, a collaboration between scholars in English, History, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, and Computing.


A drinks reception will follow the lecture. All welcome