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The Logos Journal

As Long as They Call It University

Author: Maiatsky Michail

About author:
Professor, School of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE). Address: 21/4 Staraya Basmannaya str., 105066 Moscow, Russia. E-mail:

The author considers the pointlessness of choosing between historical models of university. Instead, he proposes to find what is happening to knowledge today and whether this is relevant for higher education. Obviously, the internet and modern commu¬nication technologies affect the character of knowledge and atti¬tudes towards it. The decline of the nation-state means a change of the principal partner and client of science. Now it is the indi¬vidual customer who determines user-friendly content and form of knowledge. University bureaucracy does its best to satisfy his desires. It is this bureaucracy, not scholars-professors, who embody university now. Current trends in knowledge and uni-versity are similar in Russia and in the West (the Bologna reform as a realization of the managerial turn), despite the high degree of corruption and plagiarism in the former.

Keywords: knowledge; university; customer; managerial turn; social construction of ignorance

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