BOOK LAUNCH OF UNIVERSITIES IN TIMES OF CRISIS AND DISRUPTION BY LORRAINE LING AND KAY LIVINGSTON
February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
To be launched by Emeritus Professor John Dewar AO, immediate past President and Vice-Chancellor, La Trobe University.
A panel of distinguished academics, Emeritus Professor John Dewar AO, Emeritus Professor Kwong Lee Dow AO, and Professor Marcia Devlin AM, will discuss some of the key concepts from the book and then we will take questions from the audience.
Drinks and light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event.
This book examines the role and future of universities in times of chronic disruption and crisis – presented via an original conceptual framework which the authors term ‘Dislocated Complexity’ – and discusses how to move forward in the face of severely disrupted social, political, economic and environment contexts.
Demonstrating how global crises, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, have dramatically dislocated and disrupted all contexts of society, the authors use this framework of Dislocated Complexity to propose a set of characteristics and values that underpin roles for universities, considering the future of universities with regards to teaching and learning, research, management and leadership, workforce change, policy-making and engagement. Novel, innovative concepts and theoretical perspectives are brought to the analysis of futures, roles and activities of universities by the authors, such as ‘Unscripted Agency’, ‘Clashing -ologies’, ‘Emanant Trust’ and ‘Dislocated Complexity Leadership Theory’.
Ultimately calling for a rethink of university futures, this timely book will be of great interest to academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of higher education research and teaching and learning. It will also be of interest to university managers, educational policy makers, and those who are ‘hidden’ or informal educators in the community.
“The University in Dislocated Complexity is a tremendous book, working as it does on several levels and yet with a conversational and highly accessible and inviting style. It is chock-full of ideas and builds on innovative concepts (such as ‘dislocated complexity’ itself, ‘unscripted agency’, ‘emanant trust’), it is full of telling examples, it will have wide resonance across the world, and it is motivated by a sense that universities can even develop their agency amid the maelstroms that they face. The complexity that universities face may be dislocated and, indeed, dislocating but it need not be dispiriting: there is much that can be done. It is a book for our times in higher education.”
– Ronald Barnett, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, University College London, UK.