Visiting professors Fazal Rizvi and Marcelo Parreira do Amaral gives open lectures


Visiting professors Fazal Rizvi and Marcelo Parreira do Amaral will give open lectures at the Faculty of Education. Professor Fazal Rizvi is speaking with title "Global Transformations and Education Policy. Reimagining Globalization and Education" on 12th October and Professor Marcelo Parreira do Amaral is speaking about Understanding the Business of  Education: A Challange for Education Research at 8th November. Both events are organised by Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education.

Fazal Rizvi will give his speech at Educarium Room 340 12th October at 10.15–11.45. The lecture will be followed by commentaries by Master Student Aslihan Özgül and Doctoral Reasearchers Larimatti Teelmäki and Kaspian Herrala. Event is chaired by Suvi Jokila. After the commentaries there will be open discussion.

In his talk Professor Rizvi will talk about recent change in thinking. Around the turn of the century, a neoliberal imaginary of globalization and education had become ideologically dominant. Since Global Financial Crises, however, the imiginary has been upended by several developments, including the growing recognition of the economic and social inequalities it has produced: the development of new mobile technologies that has transformed the nature of work and labour relations; than changing nature of governance through digital collection of data and the rise of Asia resulting in shifting geopolitics of the world and so on. In his talk, Professor Fazal will discuss some of these developments with the aim of concidering how the relationshiip between gobalization and education might now be reimagined.

Professor Fazal Rizvi is Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne (2010–) and Emeritus Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Illinois, USA (2001–). Rizvi’s main research areas are globalization and internationalization of education, identity and culture in transnational contexts, higher education reforms is India, globalization and education policy, and education policies of transnational mobility and diaspora.

Parreira do Amaral speeks about Business of Education

Professor Marcelo Parreira do Amaral will give his speech on 8th November at Educarium seminar room 361 at 14.15–15.45.

The Business of Education has become a central research and teaching field in higher education and beyond. It goes well beyond the influence of private interests in shaping policy-makeing or the expansion of private schooling. The Business of Education refers to a global economic sector in which a broad range of educational services and goods are produced, exchanged and consumed, the current exponential growth of the field has been backed by social and technological transformations, but also due a global crises such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemics which opened up new windows of opportunity for providers of (digital) education solutions and created a new demand on user-side. Controversies abound as to the impact and/or side-effects of these developments beyond their purely economic import. Indeed, at present many scholary debates can be found as to the future of the sector as a whole.

The presentation dicusses these developmants and situates education research within the field. It aims at first systemically presenting the field according the state-of-the-art-research, in order to, second, discuss the central issues surrounding the research on its conceptualization, empirical analysis and impact and implications. Such an exercise is viewed as a crucial step towards critical discussions of the future of the field ond towards reflecting on possible futures for (the business) education,

Marcelo Parreira do Amaral is Professor of International and Comparative Education at the Univeristy of Münster, Germany and Visiting professor at the Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE). His research interests include Education Policy Studies, Comparative Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Life Course.


Created 11.10.2022 | Updated 11.10.2022