1st Edition

Transformation of the University Hopeful Futures for Higher Education

Edited By Søren S.E. Bengtsen, Ryan Evely Gildersleeve Copyright 2022
    196 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Transformation of the University imagines preferable futures for the university, building hope for the institution’s necessary transformation. It transcends old criticisms and presents fresh ideas on how the institution might be conceived, organised and put into practice while safeguarding that which makes it a university – the pursuit of knowledge.

    This book is divided into three main parts: Part One – ‘Knowledge’ assumes the role of the university in generating knowledge for the benefit of society; Part Two – ‘Cultural Growth’ expands on how the university might contribute to and benefit from the cultural growth of society, with both explicit and implicit connections to social and epistemic (in)justice; and Part Three – ‘Institutions’ focuses on imaginative processes for enacting the university as an institution that meets the unforeseen future challenges facing societies around the world.

    With contributions from scholars across the world, Transformation of the University is an essential read for all academics, practitioners, institutional leaders and broad social thinkers who are concerned with the future of the university and its contributions to society.

    Introduction: Understanding the transformation of the university
    Søren S. E. Bengtsen & Ryan Evely Gildersleeve

    Part I: Knowledge

    1. The university as honest broker
    Sharon Rider

    2. Trust, critical hope and the contemporary university
    James Arvanitakis & David J. Hornsby

    3. Transcending a single reality: Transdisciplinarity, the emerging forces of spirituality and a pedagogy of self-cultivation’
    Paul Gibbs

    Part II: Cultural Growth

    4. Decolonial reparation as re-humanisation in higher education
    Nuraan Davids

    5. Unfixing the university: Higher education and the ontology of travel
    Søren Bengtsen & Ryan Evely Gildersleeve

    6. Towards decolonisation and transformation in universities: Foregrounding Indigenous and transcultural knowledge systems and communities
    Catherine Manathunga, Jennifer Carter & Maria Raciti

    Part III: Institutions

    7. University challenge: Realising utopias in the twenty-first century
    Ronald Barnett

    8. Looking for hope abroad: The new global university beyond neoliberalism
    Gerardo L. Blanco & Abdulghani Muthanna

    9. Programme ‘Future-se’: Brazilian higher education meets neoliberalism
    Alexandre Guilherme & Fernanda Felix de Oliveira

    10. What comes after the ruin? Designing for the arrival of preferable futures for the university 
    Rikke Toft Nørgård

    Coda: Trust and vision
    Søren Bengtsen & Ryan E. Gildersleeve


    Søren S. E. Bengtsen is Associate Professor at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the Co-Director of the research centre ‘Centre for Higher Education Futures’ and is also a founding member and Chair of the international academic association ‘Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society’.

    Ryan Evely Gildersleeve is Professor of Higher Education and Associate Dean for the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, USA.