Denaturalize, Coordinate, Recompose: Objects of Undergraduate Research
It is commonplace to think of undergraduate education as training for a job in the "real world." What's at stake in this conception? Is the university merely a site for the production of workers? Is it a means to an end, a negative institution that can only respond to and reproduce the conditions in which it finds itself? Or can we ask it to do more, to take its own ideology seriously -- can we wield higher education as one possible tool for creating a "better tomorrow"? This talk will encourage the latter, thinking through the possibilities of undergraduate research production as a punctual event and precondition for critique as well as the role of the university in contemporary US society and what we might make of it in the future.