Frozen by threat or motivated to move? : Emotionally charged horizons of opportunities in development work of universities

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Simola , M 2022 , ' Frozen by threat or motivated to move? Emotionally charged horizons of opportunities in development work of universities ' , Journal of Praxis in Higher education , vol. 4 , no. 2 , pp. 35-60 . https://doi.org/10.47989/kpdc112

Title: Frozen by threat or motivated to move? : Emotionally charged horizons of opportunities in development work of universities
Author: Simola, Mari
Contributor organization: Faculty of Educational Sciences
Date: 2022-07-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 26
Belongs to series: Journal of Praxis in Higher education
ISSN: 2003-3605
DOI: https://doi.org/10.47989/kpdc112
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/345992
Abstract: How do emotions function in the development work and change attempts of universities? This article investigates the emotional dimensions of development of higher education and how emotions relate to the conditions of academic work, and the university as a forum for those initiatives. Building theories from affective cultural studies, the article drafts and explores the concept of ‘emotionally charged horizon of opportunity’. This concept defines emotions as relational, culturally situated social forces connected with relationships, collective mentalities and belief systems, which the article explores by example of two cases: a national attempt to renew a degree structure on a disciplinary level, and a departmental initiative of development of the academic unit. Taking a discourse analytic approach with the focus on emotions, the analysis comprises two major findings. First, affectivity was present in the practices of development work, in the hierarchies of power, group relations and identities of the academic culture. Second, the actors’ expectations about the future, the emotional judgments attached to these expectations, and the position of the actors were crucial for the development process.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
affective practice
change
development work
emotions
universities
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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