<editorial board> <agu> The Double Crisis of the University and the Global Economy

Andrew Ross andrew.ross at nyu.edu
Fri Dec 26 16:30:54 CET 2008

Gary's caveats all make sense to me. The seasonal rallying cry of our ruling elites appears to be "Merry Crisis and a Happy New Fear"


Andrew Ross
Professor and Chair, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
New York University

----- Original Message -----
From: Gary Hall <gary at garyhall.info>
Date: Friday, December 26, 2008 6:30 am
Subject: Re: <editorial board> <agu> The Double Crisis of the University and the Global Economy
To: Edu-Factory Editorial Board <agu at listcultures.org>

> I like the the idea of just using the concept of edu-factory as it is, 
> too.
> As well as taking care over the language we use to describe and think 
> about the 'crisis', shouldn't we also interrogate the very idea of 
> their 
> being a crisis? (It always make my cautious when I find myself 
> adopting 
> the same discourse as The New York Times, the BBC, CNN and so on.) Is 
> there a crisis? In what sense? Who says so? What is their interest in 
> doing so? I'm just very wary of what Merleau-Ponty called the 'trap of 
> the event'.
> In terms of thinking of it as a theme for the zero issue, we should 
> also 
> probably bear in mind that a lot of journal issues will be coming out 
> over the next few months on the subject of the current crisis or some 
> variation of it.
> Gary
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