Mittwoch, 19. November 2014, 17:00 - 19:00 iCal

Wednesday Seminar - Alan Scott

Evoking Humboldt: Universities in the German-Speaking World

Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, HS A
Universitätsstraße 7, NIG 4. Stock, 1010 Wien

Antrittsvorlesung, Public Lecture

No discussion of the university system in the German-speaking world gets far without evoking the name of Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835), founder of the University of Berlin, Prussian Education Minister, and linguist. The ‘Humboldtian ideal’ views the aim of university education not as narrow vocational training (Ausbildung) but as cultivation of the person, as Bildung. This talk draws on social-scientific analysis to examine the fate of the Humboldtian university in the light of subsequent developments: growing demands from the state and market economy and, more recently, the convergences of the Germanic on the internationally dominant Anglo-Saxon model. In this contemporary context, Humboldt is evoked to support the critique of and resistance to what is broadly perceived as the neo-liberalization of higher education.

Alan Scott has taught at universities in the UK, France, Austria and Australia. He is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck and Vice President (for the humanities and social sciences) of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and adjunct Professor in the School of Cognitive, Behavioural and Social Sciences (BCSS), University of New England, NSW, Australia. His research interests include social theory, political sociology, higher education policy, Max Weber, Georg Simmel, Karl Polanyi, Mary Douglas, egalitarianism, grid/group theory, critical theory, constructivism, civil society and the public sphere, political theory, governance, neo-institutional theory, political philosophy and organizational culture.

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Mag. Marie-Therese Hartwig
Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie