A Slow Reading [of] Notes and Some Possibilities of Liberated, Open, Becoming Universities

Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Teija Löytönen

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University similar to church is one of the oldest institutions passing and preserving cultural heritage. In addition, universities are active societal contributors and influential communal contingences in our contemporary societies. However, recently increasing numbers of these traditional and historical functions of universities have become hijacked by neoliberal practices and values. Oftentimes, alternatives to the restructured and liberated universities are considered as unwanted exceptions. Potential higher education anomalies cannot be fully materialized or practiced due to the limited resources, paralyzing normative practices, market-driven beliefs, and capitalistic values of dominant higher education systems and structures. Rather than continuing these discourses, in this article, we will take a step forward, discuss, dream, and image diverse possibilities or universities to come. Thus, we will focus on imagining, pondering alternatives, and writing notes (to be read slowly) about fragile futures of liberated, open, and becoming universities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-303
Issue number3
Early online date12 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • decolonizing the academy
  • pedagogy
  • becoming university
  • fragile
  • futures
  • slow reading
  • notes

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