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Reimagining the Higher Education Student: Online book launch

Event Details
Online event
22 April 2021

Reimagining the Higher Education Student, edited by Rachel Brooks and NCSEHE Director Sarah O’Shea, seeks to question the accepted or unquestioned nature of ‘being a student’ and instead foreground the contradictions and ‘messiness’ of such ideation. Given the increasing number and diversity of higher education students, the book offers a timely discussion of the implicit and sometimes subtle ways that they are characterised or defined.

This launch event will provide an overview of eight of the book’s chapters, as well as some of the overarching themes addressed by the volume as a whole. The first session will focus on constructions of students in Australasia, and the second on students in Europe.

Event program

Session 1. 08:00–09:00 (UK); 17:00–18:00 (AEST)

  • Sally Patfield, Jenny Gore and Leanne Fray: On becoming a university student: Young people and the ‘illusio’ of higher education
  • Matt Lumb and Matthew Bunn: Dominant higher education imaginaries: forced perspectives, ontological limits and recognising the imaginer’s frame
  • Thornchanok Uerpairojkit and James Burford: Constructions of náksèuk-saˇa: Tracing contested imaginings of the Thai university student
  • Paola R.S. Eiras and Henk Huijser: Exploring spaces in-between: reimagining the Chinese student in a transnational higher education context in China

Session 2. 09:00–10:00 (UK); 18:00–19:00 (AEST)

  • Emily Danvers and Tamsin Hinton-Smith: The shifting subjectification of the ‘widening participation’ student: the affective world of the ‘deserving’ consumer
  • Kay Calver and Bethan Michael-Fox: Constructing the university student in British documentary television
  • Elisa Alves and Russell King: Between international student and immigrant: a critical perspective on Angolan and Cape Verdean students in Portugal
  • Anu Lainio and Rachel Brooks: Constructing students as family members: contestations in media and policy representations across Europe


You are welcome to register for one or both hours. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the meeting.

Register here

Posted 8 March 2021