Academia in the Age of Austerity « WLUFA

Academia in the Age of Austerity

Dear Colleagues:

The theme of OCUFA’s annual conference for January 2013 will be “Academia in the Age of Austerity”.   In light of Ontario government’s “austerity agenda”, including its proposed sweeping anti-labour legislation and agenda for higher education, and in light of other government initiatives across Canada and globally, the OCUFA conference will be addressing issues of pressing critical concern.

The conference will feature speakers from Canada, the US, the UK and Europe, and have keynote address and interviews, panel presentations, and opportunities for informal discussion and audience participation.  The conference will also release OCUFA’s new polling data on public perceptions of austerity and its impact on higher education.  Information about the conference and registration is appended below.

Could you please send the notice below about the “Academia in the Age of Austerity” OCUFA conference to those who might be interested.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Mark
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Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
83 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 1S8
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca


Take advantage of early-bird pricing for the 2013 OCUFA Conference “Academia in the Age of Austerity”,  January 10-11, 2013

                                                               
Governments in Canada and elsewhere have embraced “austerity” as a necessary public policy to eliminate budgetary deficits and ensure future prosperity.  How has this “austerity agenda” affected faculty, students, administrators and institutions in Ontario, in Canada, and globally?  Is “austerity” inevitable, or are there alternatives?   And what might universities do now, and in the future, in response to the “austerity agenda” or possible alternatives?

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association’s 2013 Conference –   “Academia in the Age of Austerity” – will seek to answer these questions and more. Join us for two days of insightful presentations and engaging discussion with speakers and participants from universities, research institutes, government, and the private sector in Canada, the United States, and Europe.  The conference will critically explore the idea of “austerity” by unpacking the meaning of the term, its implications and impact on higher education, as well as consider other possible policy directions.  Like previous OCUFA conferences, a diversity of views will be sought in each of the keynote and panel sessions.

The conference will take place on January 10-11, 2013 at the Pantages Hotel in Toronto.

The fee for those registering on or before November 15, 2012, is $375.00, which includes continental breakfasts, lunch, refreshments, an evening reception, and all materials. The regular registration fee after November 15, 2011 is $425.00; and $400.00 for OCUFA members.  The student rate is $150.00. To register, please click here.

The Pantages Hotel also has a special conference hotel rate of $159.00 per night.  Bookings must be made before December 9, 2012.

Conference Agenda

Day 1, Thursday January 10, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. -9:15 a.m.
Welcome and introduction


9:15 a.m. -10:45 a.m.

         Polling Presentation
        “Public views of austerity: Release and discussion of OCUFA new polling data”

        11:00 a.m. -Noon
        Keynote Discussion
        “Debating austerity: Is public constraint the only way forward?”

        Noon – 2:00 p.m.
        Lunchtime Keynote Address
        “The corporate university ascendant?”

        2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
        Panel Session
        “Austerity in Ontario: From “transformational change” to the rewriting of Ontario labour legislation

        3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
        Panel Session
        “Students and austerity: Ontario, Quebec and beyond”

        5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
        Evening Reception

Day 2, Friday, January 11, 2013                    

        8:30 a.m. -9:00 a.m.
Continental breakfast

        9:00 a.m. -10:15 a.m.
        Keynote Address
Austerity in the United Kingdom: Dramatic impact, uncertain future

        10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
        Panel session
        Austerity, the professoriate and academic librarians: International perspectives

        11:50 a.m. to noon
        Concluding remarks

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Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
83 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 1S8
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca

Created on: Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Last updated on: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014