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Doing Science – Doing Excellence – Doing Inequalities? Interrogating the Paradigm of Excellence in Academia
The international workshop will take place at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
New Public Management and new forms of governance have dominated the agendas for higher education reform in many countries for several years. Neoliberalism and the idea of the ‘entrepreneurial university’ have produced a shift in the way scientific knowledge, universities and ‘ideal researchers’ are defined. One important strategy of the latest state-run programs focused the stimulation of competition between individuals and organisations through funding of the so called ‘excellence’. From this it followed that ‘excellence’ became an idealised goal for scientific subjects as well as for research-processes and organisation development.

Both junior and senior scientists are invited to submit an abstract (between 500 and 800 words on the topic, objectives and research questions plus, if applicable, the empirical background of the paper) in form of a word- or pdf-document.

Abstracts should also include FULL contact details, including your name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address. Abstracts
should be sent until March 31st, 2017 to Heike Kahlert.

Deadline for notice of acceptance/ rejection of the paper is May 15th, 2017.

The workshop is an opportunity to discuss ‘work in progress’ and research results as well as to form networks for further international collaborations.

Therefore, admitted papers will be discussed in small working groups which will work together throughout the whole workshop. The papers (with a maximum length of 7.000 words) will be due on September 01st, 2017, and will be delivered to all participants of the workshop. All participants are expected to read the papers in advance. During
the workshop the authors will introduce their papers briefly, and each participant will comment on one paper.

Selected papers will be published.

!Note: We apologise for the fact that no funding, fee waiver, travel or other bursaries can be offered
for attending the workshop! The workshop fee (appr. 100 €) will cover conference material and catering during coffee and lunch breaks.
Organizer: Ruhr University Bochum, Faculty of Social Science
Submitted by: NIKK
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08.10.2017 - 10.11.2017
Bochum, European