COVID-19 and the end of the university
The COVID-19 pandemic is a multifaceted crisis, imbuing all dimensions of human life and having implications for all disciplines and fields in higher education. The corona virus outbreak and its spread witnessed higher education institutions across the world race to introduce online learning offerings and assessments as well as support programmes for staff and students. Few would question the affordances of new technologies in expanding learning into virtual spaces.
One of the outcomes of the pandemic is that a certain level of transformation has been forced upon higher education institutions. This compelled higher education institutions to ask fundamental questions about how they see themselves operate amidst this pandemic, but also how they might function in the future. Pragmatic responses have dominated the sector to the detriment of onto-epistemic questions that require a fundamental reconceptualisation of what higher education is for and for whom. Failure to reflect on these questions could potentially jeopardise deep thinking and learning.
We call for papers that critically speak to the complicated dimensions that COVID-19 pose for higher education. Onto-epistemic engagements that speak to the fundamental reconceptualisation of higher education will receive priority. Papers that question and address forced transformation in higher education are also encouraged.
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