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The history of intertwining of digital technologies and higher education is littered with calls to dismantle the university and rethink its role and position in society. While the different movements to reframe, rebuild, rethink, and refuse the university structures have their own varied and different motivations and urgencies, all of them still maintain themselves in the orbit of the University, even as they declare its failure and death. The gravitational pull of the University model, with all its flaws, seems inescapable. This talk gives a brief history of these movements and proposes to look at other spaces of learning, knowledge production, and making meaning, where the university is neither a point of reference nor the addressee of learning, in order to think through 3 principles for a ‘ Post University’ that we might be able to distil for the future.

Nishant Shah is an endowed professor of Aesthetics and Cultures of Technology at ArtEZ University of the Arts and Radboud University in the Netherlands. He is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society, Harvard University and a knowledge partner with Oxfam-Novib and the Digital Asia Hub. He is a feminist, humanist, and a technologist, and part of his current work focuses on digital narrative change practices for collective action in and outside of traditional learning environments.


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