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Arts & Humanities research after Brexit: splendid isolation, Little England, Empire 2.0, or UK plc?

The vortex of uncertainty created by the June 2016 Brexit referendum and the increasingly unpredictable responses to it by the UK government leave UK universities in an extremely vulnerable position. A university like King’s sports a high percentage (~30%) of staff and students from the EU. Economic, political and social instability increases the likelihood of both a brain drain and large drop in enrolments. This situation raises urgent questions about the role and shape of universities in the world, both now and after Brexit, as well as the place assigned to the arts and humanities in the political economies of the future.

How will the perception of UK universities as part of an elite evolve after 2019? Should UK universities seek to resist the effects of Brexit by strengthening their research links to Europe? Or should they work to forge better non-EU connections? What role should UK universities play in relation to problems Europe has been facing: Eurozone debt, migration, the refugee crisis, resurgent fascism etc.? And how should UK universities use new technologies – digital and social media, online courses, public events – to mitigate the obstacles to internationalisation that Brexit presents? Join Professors Antoine Cazé, Ziad Elmarsafy, Raphael Woolf, Labour MP Tulip Siddiq and Dr Benedict Schofield as they debate these questions.


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