Higher Education and Technological Acceleration

The Disintegration of University Teaching and Research

  • Ingrid M. Hoofd

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ingrid M. Hoofd
    Pages 1-33
  3. Ingrid M. Hoofd
    Pages 35-64
  4. Ingrid M. Hoofd
    Pages 139-151
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 153-170

About this book


This book critically examines the relationship between new media technologies, research ethics and pedagogical strategies within the contemporary university. It debates whether recent transformations of higher education, rather than an effect of neo-liberalization, are actually an outflow of the technological acceleration of the university’s own contradictory ideals around knowledge and democracy. The book sets up this argument by likening the university to a ‘vision machine’ which quest for total scientific and social transparency has recently caved in on itself, negatively affecting staff and student well-being. The book asserts that this situation reveals the essential tension at the heart of the university system, and explores the acceleration of this tension by analyzing a variety of teaching and research advances from Europe and Asia. Examining among other issues the call for creativity and critical thinking in the curriculum, the push for e-learning, and the advent of the digital humanities, this text offers a key analysis of the university’s founding ideals and its constitutive relationship to technological acceleration.


new media technologies, research ethics and pedagogical strategy Academia and the digital humanities University and technological acceleration Transparency in pedagogy Neo-liberalism knowledge and democracy in higher education Communication and activism in higher education Post-colonialism Research excellence Metrification in education

Authors and affiliations

  • Ingrid M. Hoofd
    • 1
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-51751-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-51409-7
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking