Say No to Corporate Universities sign now

We, the undersigned researchers and teachers in universities are witness to the massive restructuration of Humanities in Higher Education. We sign this appeal to protest the onslaught of the international neoliberal corporate agenda on institutions of higher education.

We circulate this appeal to fellow colleagues, administrators and national and international institutions to "say no" to this agenda.

Many of us have been left stunned by the increasing precarization, the overwhelming avalanche of additional unpaid work in management, the outsourcing of university services including catering and cleaning, the privatization of facilities and functions, constant (re)evaluation, and elaboration of peer disciplines at our institutions. But we clearly see the impact of this destruction:


- we say no to the fragmentation and precarization of our learning and teaching communities


- we say no to racist, classist, sexist and ageist discrimination prevalent at our universities


- we say no to the devaluation of our commitment through a competitive вculture of evaluationв and the power given to evaluation agencies


- we say no to the imposition and prioritization of administrative tasks in our work load that put the quality of our research and teaching at risk


- we say no to the control of research agendas set by political/corporate interests


- we say no to the shift of criteria for the production of knowledge from qualitative standards to quantitative calculations of indexing and registering of output production!

We say no to any State attempt to interfere in the recruitment of international students and the imposition of migration regulation policies in HE


We want to work in universities

- that respect differences and plurality, and to this end create an educational politics in support of multi-ethnic and multi-gendered societies

- that secure communities of learning, teaching and research with time, space and financial support

- where the commitment to critique and reflection is actively promoted

- with structures and administration at the service of research and teaching.

Education is not a private, but a public matter. Access to education is a citizensв right and should be free.

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