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Contribution to the EGOS 2021 in Amsterdam

Prof. Liudvika Leišytė convenes the sub-plenary 2-3 "Is the Inclusive University a Never-never Land?" and presents a co-authored paper on the emergence of academic resistance platforms on 9 July 2021.

The 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021 is dedicated to the topic "Organizing for an Inclusive Society: Meanings, Motivations & Mechanisms”. At the sub-plenary "Is the Inclusive University a Never-never Land?" Liudvika Leišytė will discuss with Yvonne W.M. Benschop, Rosemary Deem, and Francisco O. Ramirez about the increasing inequality in an economically, socially, politically and culturally divided world. Their focus is on understanding the notion of the inclusive university and the policies and practices promoting inclusion in higher education.

In sub-theme 04 "Organizations and Organizing in Social Movement Fields" Prof. Leišytė and Clémentine Gozlan (Université de Versailles, France) will present findings from a study on academic resistance platforms in four European countries that have been at the forefront of New Public Management (NPM) reforms in the higher education sectors, but where the reforms' implementation differs in their path and strength: the United Kingdom (UK), France, the Netherlands and the Flanders region of Belgium.

They will show that academic protest movements arose in these countries to respond in various ways to new modes of control in higher education. In their presentation "The emergence of academic resistance platforms against New Public Management: Towards "new" forms of movement organizing?" Liudvika Leišytė and Clémentine Gozlan will answer the following questions: How did these collective resistance platforms emerge? How did academics get involved in collective action? How do they organize, work and try to achieve changes in the political reforms?

Check out the program of the EGOS 2021 Colloquium