‘Governing the academic subject: Foucault, governmentality and the performing university’

IrelandAbstract: Drawing on research conducted at National University of Ireland, Galway, this paper explores how senior managers at an Irish university are seeking to measure and facilitate academic performance in the context of national and global competitiveness and a higher education landscape that appears firmly inflected by neoliberal ideas of rankings, benchmarking and productivity. I draw upon Michel Foucault’s writings on governmentality and biopolitics, in particular, and I utilise findings from a range of in-depth interviews with central university managers, with a view to critically interrogating the envisioning of what is undoubtedly a new academic subjectivity in the Irish higher education sectora subjectivity that is being progressively planned for and regulated.

Morrissey, John (2013). Governing the academic subject: Foucault, governmentality and the performing university, Oxford Review of Education, 39(6), 797-810. doi: 10.1080/03054985.2013.860891.

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