Monday, 12 May 2008

Four dynamics, three discourses of knowledge. Maybe.

I went today to see my associate supervisor and I was keen to ensure I jot down two of his comments especially:

A. What are the dynamics at work in the lead up to the crisis over IP (since WWII)? From my work so far, these dynamics seem to be:
1. The Nation-State
2. Universities as institutions
3. Academic staff
4. Students

This is important because it seems the behaviour of and relationships between these 4 dynamics are key to understanding causalities.

B. Discourses of knowledge that seem to change over time, which might be something like
1. Knowledge transfer (up to WWII)
2. Knowledge production (after WWII)
3. Knowledge exchange (since 1980s)

Some other points included:
- probably need to look at research & rise of ARC in the 1970s rather than free education (though reintroduction of fees in 1980s is imp)
- Hypothesis, just for noting at this stage: Dawkins (1980s) expected universities to hold the same relationship to the nation's economic interests that they had done (or owed in exchange for public funding) for the national interest in the past (such as during the war). This mistake is b/c governments couldn't figure out where universities fit in the new global restructure of labour/capital and possibly knowledge. Universities world-wide were adapting to this change and maybe Dawkins leaped into the decision of universities replicating previous patterns of relationships when universities had thought they were in a time of transition: producing shock and tension.

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