Avec Manuela Boatca, sociologue à l’université de Berlin.

Le séminaire de recherche est ouvert à tout public. L’inscription auprès de Christine Barats est souhaitable.

Jeudi 25 février 2016, 14 à 16h

Institut des sciences de la communication
20 rue Berbier-du-Mets, Paris 13e
Métro 7 ou bus 27, 47, 83, 91, « Les Gobelins »

Séminaire Questionner l’évaluation dans l’ESR

Paved with Good Intentions : The German "Excellence" Initiative and the Reproduction of Inequalities

25 février 2016, 14 à 16h, ISCC

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The paper argues that the German Excellence initiative, together with the policy behind the recent state financial support for the study of non-Western regions reproduces the asymmetries of knowledge production characteristic of Euro- and state-centered approaches to both knowledge production and area studies. As such, the paper focuses on the new academic division of labor initiated with the Bologna reform and taken one step further by the “excellence initiative” has subserviently followed the U.S. -model of creating a rift between research and teaching within the university structure itself. Also, awareness of the need to promote research on regions of the world other than one’s own was prompted by strategic considerations similar to those in the U.S. in the 1940s and 1950s, where the institutionalization of area studies was argued primarily on geopolitical grounds and catered directly to the United States’ foreign policy in the Cold War context. The overall consequences of the Excellence initiative for the reproduction of existing inequalities within the German academic system are subsequently discussed in historical perspective.