This symposium is organised by the Political Economy of Education Research Network (PEER), a GCRF-funded 3-year collaboration between the Universities of Cape Town, Nazarbayev, Sussex and Ulster, to support critical research and analysis of education in times of conflict and crisis. It is hosted by the Centre for International Education (CIE) at the University of Sussex.
It addresses neglected issues and challenges facing universities in contexts of war and conflict, posing questions about how can we both support and learn from universities in times of conflict at a moment of intensifying crises for universities across the globe.
“There is an emerging realisation that the economic and political abandonment of universities in times of conflict not only degrades national capacities and blights potential for economic recovery, but also forecloses the rebuilding of critical spaces where young people can encounter and contest different ideas, ideologies and identities in the aftermath of war.”
We are honoured to include our keynote speakers:
- Dr Samia Botmeh, Birzeit University
- Dr Savo Heleta, Durban University of Technology
- Dr Sardar Saadi, Rojava University
Panel discussions and roundtables will address the following themes:
- Academic isolation and transnational solidarities
- The politics of aid to higher education in times of conflict
- Universities as spaces of resilience and resistance
- Universities, conflict and rebuilding publics