Heads of University Management & Administration Network Europe

HUMANE Autumn Seminar, University of Trento (IT), November 8-9, 2018

Politics, protest and engagement: working with a changing landscape of student activism in the 21st century

Hosted by the University of Trento

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. 

Does this mean that the majority of students are politically apathetic?  Doesn’t generally low 18-25 voter turnout at national elections demonstrate this?

The reality is that recent experience on our campuses reflects are more nuanced picture. Students are involved in manifold forms of political activity that often falls somewhere between ‘political’ activism and civic engagement and the political expression of their politics can take many forms, whether it be as activist representatives in changing forms of university governance, partnering with extra-institutional campaigns such as Fossil Free, or participating in student union/university administered volunteering programmes.  

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.  

Register here to secure your place.  

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.