Death and learning: A twenty-first century perspective

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Souter, Kay. (2017). Death and learning: A twenty-first century perspective. Organisational and Social Dynamics. 17(2), pp. 267 - 277.
AuthorsSouter, Kay
Abstract

The twenty-first century university was recently characterised as "a thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound change" (Bokor, 2012). This is not a matter of individual universities needing to change, as they may well do, but of the whole sector being reshaped. There is death in the air at many universities as they try to manage multiple, and apparently endless, catastrophic changes. In this paper, my methodology is literary, cultural, and psychoanalytic. I discuss the twenty-first century university in the shadow of multiple wars and change. Through the writings of W. R. Bion and several literary works, including Jane Austen, Toni Morrison, and Herta Müller, I consider the way the violence of the social works through the individual and the organisation. I finish with a consideration of some aspects of the indigenous Australian management of catastrophic change: a combination of flexibility, courage under fire, and a sense of the absurd, where the tragic and the comic can come together.

Keywordsuniversities; catastrophic change; literature; W. R. Bion; Australia
Year2017
JournalOrganisational and Social Dynamics
Journal citation17 (2), pp. 267 - 277
PublisherKarnac Books
ISSN1474-2780
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85049238754
Web address (URL)https://search.proquest.com/docview/2216735007?accountid=8194
Page range267 - 277
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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