Conference postponed

Dear conference participants,

We are living in unsettling times. After much consultation and deliberation, we have decided to postpone the Universities Under Siege? conference scheduled to be held in Uppsala 19-20 October. Like you, we are concerned about the Covid-19 virus, and also like you, we are anxiously observing ongoing developments. We have reorganised the conference to take place either on 4-5 or 11-12 October 2021. Papers accepted for this year are automatically accepted for next year.

We will return after the summer with more information about registration and to confirm which date the conference will take place. 

We would also like to inform you that there will be a Uppsala/PaTHES webinar on October 19-20, 2020. Save the date! The details of the webinar will be sent out along with information about the conference in 2021.

We apologise for this unforeseen development, but we are certain that, given the situation in Sweden, the postponement comes as no surprise, and that you understand. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Uppsala in October 2021 which we hope and trust will be calmer, virus-free times.
Professor Sharon Rider, on behalf of the organizing committee

Webinars, October 19-20, 2020

While we wait for the conference to take place:

The organizers invite you to a two-day webinar on the original dates of the conference event. The webinars – “Student Activism and academic freedom” and “Academic experts: on top or on tap?” – touch on the main theme of the conference.

The webinar event is free and open to all interested. However, signing up for the event is mandatory, so if you wish to attend, please send an email, with your name, title and affiliation, and email-address to:

Please sign up for the event before October 5, 2020.

For more information, download the webinar flyer here.

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.