Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Universities flex their muscles

EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL AND INTERNATIONAL EXPERTISE IN THE 1920s

7 June 2017

A Comparative and International Education research network (CoInEd) seminar

In 1926, New York University’s Professor of Psychology, James Edwin Lough, led 500 American university students on a voyage around the world. Calling his venture “The Floating University”, Lough believed that through direct sensory experience, students might come to know the world. But if these ideas were compatible with the rapidly expanding trans-Atlantic “educational travel” market they stood in stark contrast to developments within American universities which, at the same moment, were busy founding new courses in international relations, formal programs of exchange and establishing themselves as repositories of expertise. If Lough’s ship emphasised direct personal experience, the Universities increasingly saw the specialised abstract knowledge credentialed exclusively by them, as the best way students might gain knowledge of the world. This seminar discusses the rise of international expertise within American universities and colleges in the 1920s and its relationships to the expanding networks of diplomacy, capital and conquest.

Event details

  • When: 2.30–4pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Dr Yeow-Tong Chia.

  • Contact: Dr Yeow Tong Chia
    T: +61 2 9351 5027
    E: yeowtong.chia@sydney.edu.au

  • Speakers: Tamson Pietsch is a senior lecturer in social and political sciences and co-director of the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her research focuses on the universities, empire and the global politics of knowledge in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dr Pietsch wrote Empire of Scholars: universities networks and the British academic world, 1850–1939 (Manchester, 2013) and co-edited The Transnational Politics of Higher Education (Routledge, 2016). She is writing a book about the 1926 world cruise of the “Floating University” as well as leading a project on expertise in interwar Australia.

Universities flex their muscles

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

7 June 2017


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