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'Re-inventing the University'

A panel discussion addressing the radical reconceptualisation of the university. Speakers include Dr Jaime Stapleton (ACE, RSA), Dr Leslie Carr (Electronics and Science, University of Southampton, Saul Albert, (University of Openess and Christian Phillip Müller, (artist)

'Reinventing the University' is part of a programme of events being organised by John Hansard Gallery to coincide with its Campus exhibition (27 Sept – 12 Nov, 2005) – the latter of which is itself a collaborative project between John Hansard Gallery (University of Southampton) and Mead Gallery (University of Warwick). Featuring works by Christian Phillip Müller, Nancy Davenport and Jakob Jakobson, Campus interrogates the contemporary university as a nexus of spatial, cultural, commercial and intellectual practices.

To interface with Campus, a panel discussion and international ‘think-tank’ session (by video link) is being set up to discuss the radical reconceptualisation of the university – especially in light of current pressures on universities to become economically productive rather than just cost effective.

In enlarging on this central theme, a number of sub-strands may also arise during the link-event. For example, what is the role of the artist both within the university and within the so-called ‘creative economy’ in general? Or, given that the figure of the artist is increasingly read as epitomising the (successful) coalition between creativity, entrepreneurship and the knowledge economy, what ought the function of the artist be within the university of the future? Should universities, for example, be specifically organised around the creation of ‘knowledge capital’? Alternatively, does the function of the university radically change in accordance with its different locations across the world?

Again, in all cases, the question asked is whether or not universities are in need of a radical overhaul if they are to be capable of conveying existing flows of knowledge from education for the benefit of culture? To cut across these questions then (and to generate some additional questions), the artists Jakob Jakobson (Co-founder of the Free University of Copenhagen) and Hans Breder (renowned multi-media artist) have also been invited to participate in the link-event by way of performance and/or discussion.


Prof Herman Rapaport | talks | www
Dr Jaime Stapleton | talks | www
Dr Les Carr | talks | www
Saul Albert | talks | www
Dr Bernadette Buckley | talks | www
Christian Phillip Muller | talks


Date and Time:

6 October 2005 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
023 8059 8405

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