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symbolic

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...olitical agenda it seeks to bring to the attention of the nation’s political elite. This proclamation recuperates the ‘NO+’ (NO ‘more’) ensign seen throughout the urban environments of the dictatorship era, and recaptures the symbolic potency of this symbol as a truncated protest against an environment of oppression and brutally enforced censorship. At the same time, this same truncated nature invites a dynamic, appellative relationship with the...

...r thought not subject to the ordinary constraints which the university places on thinking. The university, within the wider political context, is counted as something that produces a quantifiable product, made manifest in the symbolic register of the market, whether it is performance based research scores for academics, the entrepreneurial gamble of student debt, or an obscure patent mined from neuroscience, engineering or pharmacology. So-called...

A checklist Systems of reward driven by the imperative to generate commodifiable research in accordance with the dictum ‘publish or perish’ Individual and institutional stature-seeking and grandstanding based on productivity and performance indicators such as peer-reviewed publication outputs Ever-increasing levels of disciplinary specialisation permitting ever- increasing numbers of academics to pose as innovators and so reap the symbolic...

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