Educational policies are one of our central interests. Bologna reforms, bureaucratization and economisation of universities has led to adults being treated like little schoolchildren. Students, teachers and researchers alike are increasingly subordinated to the principles of compulsion and control. Moreover, sponsoring institutions are being converted into repressive institutions.
Pfaller, R. 2008. Der schiefe Turm von Bologna [The Leaning Tower of Bologna], in: Der Standard, 10. 10. 2008, p. 31, Link
Pfaller, R. 2009. Ein Aufstand gegen die Kanalisateure des Wissens [An Uprising against the Channelers of Knowledge], in: Der Standard, 30. 10. 2009, p. 35, Link
Pfaller, R. 2009. Konzept eines universitären Notprogramms [Concept of an Emergency Programme for Universities], in: Der Standard, 26. 11. 2009, p. 31, Link
Pfaller, R. 2010. Der Kampf gegen die Fortentwicklung der Universität zur repressiven Attrappe [The Struggle against the Development of the University into a Repressive Fake], in: Unbedingte Universitäten: Was passiert? Stellungnahmen zur Lage der Universität [Unconditional Universities: What Is Happening? Views on the Situation of the University], Zürich: diaphanes, 2010: 41-53
Pfaller, R. 2010. Die Freiheit der Forschung und ihr großer Bruder [Freedom of Research and Its Big Brother], in: Recherche. Zeitung für Wissenschaft [Research. Science Newspaper], No. 4/2010: 12-13
Hartmann, Michael. 2009. „Erhöhter Druck geht auf Kosten der Menschen“ [“Increased Pressure Incurs Costs for Human Beings”]. Conversation in: Der Standard, Unistandard October 2009, p. U4, Link
Dinsmore, Emily. 2016. The 10 Maddest Things Done by Students This Year, in: Spiked, 27. 12. 2016, Link
Campbell, Bradley and Manning, Jason. 2014. Microaggression and Moral Cultures, in: Comparative Sociology, Volume 13, Issue 6: 692-726
Furedi, Frank. 2016. What’s Happened to the University? A Sociological Exploration of Its Infantilisation, Milton: Taylor & Francis
We are opposed to the politics of instruction and warning and the currently ruling politics of language as well as the ethics of obedience. Adults are warned about so-called adult language or informed that smoking is dangerous. It is treated as self-evident that no one can be expected to think or act independently any longer. Citizens are to merely obey and not to think critically. The EU’s form of mass education is working towards what Hannah Arendt called the Eichmannisation of society. It contributes to the banality of evil.
Pfaller, R. 2017. Erwachsenensprache: Über ihr Verschwinden aus Politik und Kultur. Fischer.
Arendt, Hannah. 1996. Eichmann in Jerusalem. Ein Bericht von der Banalität des Bösen [Eichmann in Jerusalem. A Report on the Banality of Evil], 6th edition. Munich, Zürich: Piper.
Pintor, Luigi. 2004. Ein Hauch von Rauch [A Puff of Smoke], in: Der Standard, Link
Furedi, Frank. 2016. The Orwellian University. Prospect. Link
Postmodernity is the ideology of neoliberalism. It has resulted in a shift away from a modern politics of equality towards a postmodern politics of recognition and identity politics, which has paradoxically not helped at all the marginalized groups. To the contrary, they have been far more damaged by the rising inequality. Moreover, identity politics destroys precisely those realms of the society, where equality could have been produced, e.g. the universities. Instead, we see a competition in the production of ever-new and ever-smaller sensitivities of privileged students emerge, and accompanied calls for censorship.
Oehmke, Philipp. 2016. Das PC-Monster, in: Der Spiegel 49/2016: 132-138
Fraser, Nancy. 2017. Für eine neue Linke oder: Das Ende des progressiven Neoliberalismus, in: Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, 2/2017: 71-76, Link
Fraser, Nancy and Honneth, Axel. 2003. Redistribution Or Recognition?: A Political-philosophical Exchange. London: Verso.
Lilla, Mark. 2016. The End of Identity Liberalism, The New York Times. Link
Hall, Steve, Winlow, Simon and Treadwell, James. 2017. The Rise of the Right: English Nationalism and the Transformation of Working Class Politics. London: Polity Press.
We work against the current spreading of panic and fostering of disunity, against pseudo-politics and biopolitics. New dangers are constantly being exaggerated, and panic is constantly being spread among citizens. Their fear and anger are directed against scapegoats within society. The primary purpose of policies is to bully citizens, rather than to prevent the truly destructive forces on the international financial markets from driving large swathes of European society into poverty, unemployment, and homelessness. The health of individuals is used as an exploitable resource. In future, if people fall ill, it will be their own fault; the existing principle of solidarity is increasingly being rendered obsolete. Public spaces are destroyed, at the same time as contempt for the dignity of individuals and for the right to the private sphere rises. European governments allow foreign security services to examine their citizens even if there is no suspicion of wrongdoing. They also think nothing of subjecting their citizens to degrading security checks, even if there is no risk that might justify such checks, and even if the latter has no real security-related function. For instance, bottles of mineral water are taken away from citizens on the grounds that they could be bombs, and then, moments later, these same bottles are thrown carelessly into buckets, because they probably only contain mineral water.
Furedi, Frank. 2005. Politics of Fear. London: Bloomsbury.
Kuldova, Tereza. 2017. 'When elites and outlaws do philanthropy: on the limits of private vices for public benefit' Trends in Organized Crime, Link
POLITICS OF FEAR AND SECURITIZATION
Postmodern identity politics essentializes women as sexually hostile beings. As Laura Kipnis writes,
„Admittedly, I went to an art school, and mine was the lucky generation […] back when sex, even when not so great or when people got their feelings hurt, fell under the category of life experience. It’s not that I didn’t make my share of mistakes, or act stupidly and inchoately, but it was embarrassing, not traumatizing.“ (Kipnis 2015: 2)
Badinter, Elisabeth. 2004. Die Wiederentdeckung der Gleichheit. Schwache Frauen, gefährliche Männer und andere feministische Irrtümer. (Orig.: Fausse route, Paris: Odile Jacob, 2003). München: Ullstein
Kipnis, Laura. 2015. Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Link
Kipnis, Laura. 2017. Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus. Harper Collins.