While sit-ins, marches and clashes with authorities are still features of student activism, only a tiny proportion of the student body in most universities are involved in this kind of political activity.
But the reality is a more nuanced picture. Students are involved in manifold forms of political activity that often falls somewhere between ‘political’ activism and civic engagement. Political expression takes varied forms, whether it is activism aimed at changing university governance, partnering with extra-institutional campaigns such as Fossil Free, or participating in student union/university administered social enterprises and volunteering programmes. And a small proportion of students are being radicalised by extremist groups.
With contributing speakers from across Europe, Australia and South Africa, our seminar at the University of Trento aims to explore how university administrations have gone about adapting to this changing landscape.
A full and detailed programme will be published soon, including social programme arrangements. Note that the seminar will be held from midday Thursday 8 to midday Friday 9 November, allowing participants to travel home for the weekend, or stay over for the weekend in the beautiful alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.