Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Conference (PHEC)

Phec 2020, Uppsala University

Time: 19–20 October, 2020
Place: Uppsala University

Universities under siege?

“The crisis of the university” is a familiar topos in contemporary discussions about higher education. It is said that the University is facing untold threats from, inter alia, the anti-intellectualism of populist politicians and authoritarian regimes, the commodification of knowledge resulting from neo-liberal ideas about utility and international competition, the politicization of teaching and learning arising out of identity movements, the fragmenting of the university in response to stakeholder demands, and so forth. This conference poses the question: Is this really the case? And, if so, what exactly is being threatened?

Call for Abstracts

To keep the discussion vibrant and to invite collaborative thinking and learning, we encourage participants to submit works in progress. We welcome abstracts for individual paper presentations as well as for thematic symposia. All abstracts must be submitted by March 20th, 2020. Abstracts should be send as a word-document attached to an email to:

Download the Call for Abstracts.

Conference timeline

  • 1 November: Call for abstracts
  • 20 March: Deadline for submission of abstracts 
  • 3 April: Conference acceptance letters are sent out
  • 7 September: Conference program is published
  • 19-20 October: The PHEC conference 2020 takes place in Uppsala

Registration and conference fees

Registration is mandatory for everyone attending the conference.

  • Fee for non-members: 200 Euros

  • Fee for PaTHES members: 175 Euros

  • Fee for Phd-students: 125 Euros

The registration fee includes participation in the conference, lunch on Monday 19 October and Tuesday 20 October, as well as refreshments in the breaks.

More detailed information about the registration will be published here shortly.