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Eminent sociologist to speak at Cardiff University

21 April 2011

The golden age of university autonomy is over and institutions must move forward and reinvent their public mission, an eminent sociologist will argue in a keynote lecture at Cardiff University.

Professor Michael Burawoy of the University of California, Berkeley, is a leading proponent of public sociology, a renowned author, and a close observer of industrial workplaces in countries around the world. Most recently, he has turned to the study of his own workplace – the university – to consider the way social science itself is produced and then disseminated to diverse publics.

Based on his current research, Professor Burawoy’s lecture, entitled Universities in Crisis will explore how universities around the world are subject to intensified regulation and marketisation. Because of this, Professor Burawoy suggests that the professional and policy dimensions are emphasised by universities at the expense of the critical and public dimensions.

The lecture is the first in Cardiff University’s new Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings eminent and influential guest speakers to the University and a wider audience to showcase their work.

The lecture takes place at Birt Acres lecture theatre, Bute Building, Cardiff on 9 June 2011 and starts at 6.00pm. A reception will take place beforehand from 5.30pm.

To reserve a place at the lecture please email or call 029 2087 6935.

Notes to editors

1. Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.

2. For further information
Victoria Dando
Public Relations
Cardiff University
Tel: 02920 879074