Revisiting Edward Said’s Representations of the Intellectual: A Roundtable for Perspectives on Academic Activism

Forkert, Kirsten and Huxtable, Jason and Nahaboo, Zaki and Nulman, Eugene and Wilde, Poppy and Windsor, Esther (2022) Revisiting Edward Said’s Representations of the Intellectual: A Roundtable for Perspectives on Academic Activism. Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education, 4 (2). pp. 167-186. ISSN 2578-5753

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Abstract

In this roundtable discussion we revisit Edward Said’s Representations of the Intellectual (1993) as a departure for examining how and where academic activism can take place. This is situated both within and apart from existing public struggles, including #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) and other current movements. Academic activism will be explored as an intellectual project that may at times problematise notions of the public, the intellectual, and the activist.
We will examine how academic activism contributes to activist projects, while also interrogating how “public” representational claims are made. This includes important questions around who is responsible for publics that are not yet constituted as such? What voices are not yet heard, seen, or understood? And what is the role of academic activists in relation to these? This in turn raises ethical questions of how to represent and be accountable to the disadvantaged and/or subaltern.
In addressing these issues, the roundtable will explore activism both inside and outside the classroom, offering various figurations of academic activism. The discussion will draw on the participants’ experiences of university teaching and popular education within local contexts, as members of staff at Birmingham City University in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3726/PTIHE.022022.0011
Dates:
DateEvent
25 October 2021Accepted
1 January 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: publics, intellectual, academic activism, neoliberalism, pedagogy, postcolonialism
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-01 - social sciences (non-specific)
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-06 - cultural studies
CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-02 - art
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Creative Arts > Birmingham School of Art
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Media and English > Birmingham School of Media > Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Poppy Wilde
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2023 16:05
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2023 16:05
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14112

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