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Call for participants: Winter school about in Krakow on: Democracy, expertise and power

arenaARENA – the Centre for European Studies at University of Oslo is arranging a winter school in cooperation with the Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University. The winter school takes place in Kraków in 7-15 February 2015 and is titled ‘Democracy, expertise and power: the role of experts in modern European societies“.

The winter school is free of charge and it is open for PhD and MA students from all countries, as well as alumni and other participants interested in the topic. Students who complete the course will obtain 5 ECTS.

Some of the key questions in focus in the winter school include:

  • Who is an expert?
  • What is knowledge?
  • How can we reconcile expertise with various types of democracy?
  • What is the role of academia in contemporary society and what are the implications of public-private partnership?
  • What is the role of mass/social media in developing social movements and democracy?

The organisers cover accomodation, participation and teaching materials. Participants are expected to cover their travel costs and living expenses while in Krakow.

Deadline for applications: 30 December 2014

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Interview with Prof. B. Stensaker about his new appointment in a national expert group

Professor Bjørn Stensaker  (HEIK, University of Oslo)

Professor Bjørn Stensaker
(HEIK, University of Oslo)

Bjørn Stensaker is a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oslo and is also involved in the Hedda Master programme in higher education with teaching and supervision of students. He is also a member of the research group HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional dynamics and knowledge cultures)

Recently, he was appointed to a newly founded expert  group in Norway that will examine the funding structure of higher education and advise the Minister on future developments. The Commission is led by Torbjørn Hægeland and it will deliver their conclusions by the end of the year. On this occasion, we asked Bjørn about his thoughts related to the new appointment and his evaluation on the current state of affairs in Norwegian higher education. 

You have newly been appointed to the national commission that will look into the funding system of HE in Norway. Could you tell a little what the role and mandate for the group will be?

Well, it is still early days, and it should be underlined that the Commission haven’t had its forst meeting yet. However, the Minister has been quite clear that one of the main aims of the Commission is to look into how quality within the sector can be fostered through the funding system. This would imply a shift from the current system which is more emphasising productivity/efficiency.

In your opinion, what are some of the core issues in Norway that highlight the need for re-examining the funding system?




HEIK seminar with Professor Karen Jensen: Horizontal knowledge dynamics and the initiation of students in expert cultures

Professor Karen Jensen  (University of Oslo)

Professor Karen Jensen
(University of Oslo)

We are pleased to share yet another session from the HEIK academic seminar series in the field of higher education, with both invited international speakers and members of the research group HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional dynamics and Knowledge cultures) here at the University of Oslo.

This lecture was recorded in November 2013 and features Professor Karen Jensen (HEIK/FALK, University of Oslo) who discusses horizontal knowledge dynamics and initiation of students in expert cultures.

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Abstract for the session: