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Welcome to Su: The spectral university
Angelaki-Journal Of The Theoretical Humanities
  • Damian Cox, Bond University
  • Michael P Levine, University of Western Australia
Date of this Version
1-1-2016
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Journal Article
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Cox, D., & Levine, M. (2016). Welcome to Su: The spectral university. Angelaki-Journal Of The Theoretical Humanities, 21(2), 213-226.

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Abstract

While some may argue that universities are in a state of crisis, others claim that we are living in a post-university era; a time after universities. If there was a battle for the survival of the institution it is over and done with. The buildings still stand. Students enrol and may attend lectures, though most do not. But virtually nothing real remains. What some mistakenly take to be a university is, in actuality, an “uncanny” spectral presence. The encompassing ethico-philosophical question is this: what is it about spectral space and the feeling of absence with regard to the university that is important to understand? The Spectral University is characterized by the absence of what used to give the university its constitutive form and structure; of what is essential to the university as an important place of learning and growth. What is gone is the ability to pursue the academic virtues.

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Damian Cox and Michael P Levine. "Welcome to Su: The spectral university" Angelaki-Journal Of The Theoretical Humanities Vol. 21 Iss. 2 (2016) p. 213 - 226 ISSN: 0969-725X, 1469-2899
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/damian_cox/31/