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Changing times, changing universities.
University faculty facing new challenges.

International Symposium

Barcelona, September 18th, 2009

Rationale and aims

The research group Esbrina, Contemporary subjectivities and learning environments (consolidated research group 2009SGR 0503, former consolidated research group Education, Innovation and New Technologies, FINT, 2005SGR 0431), places special emphasis on promoting excellence in investigation, innovation, dissemination and knowledge transference. Scientific encounters are a way of supporting these aims. Organising an international symposium, about the meaning and experience of changes taking place in universities in the last 30 years, will allow us to present and debate the results of the investigation The effects of social changes in the work and professional lives of university faculty (SEJ2006-01876), and exchange knowledge and perspectives.

In the last 30 years, higher education institutions have undergone considerable transformations and social, economic, cultural and technological changes. The process of the redefinition and restructuring of such institutions has decisively influenced the lives, professional identities and work conditions of faculty and researchers. This situation of change, which has a profound effect from the fundamental structures to the very conception of the mission and meaning of the university in today’s world, is generating the configuration of an emerging field of studies centred on the investigation of different phenomena that conform to and emerge from this collective process.

The aim of this symposium is to analyse the meaning of these changes and the positions faculty take in regards to them.

The specific objectives are:

  1. Debate the legislative processes and institutional politics implemented in Spain and within the European framework, paying special attention to those aspects that have to do with the restructuring of the teaching, research and management dimensions.
  2. Reflect on those institutional developments linked to the professional restructuring of the University considered in studies done in the field, and their relationship to the integration process of the new European space of higher education and investigation.
  3. Examine the reach of the professional restructuring in the life and work of university faculty from their lived experiences.


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Time Activity
8:30 - 9:30

Collecting documentation

9:30 - 10:30

Opening remarks led by:

  • Dídac Ramírez. President of the Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Felipe Pétriz. Director General de Política Universitària.
  • Salvador García Fortes. Dean of the Fine Arts Faculty. Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Fernando Hernández Hernández. Profesor at the University of Barcelona and member of the consolidated research group Esbrina.
  • Juana M. Sancho Gil. Profesor at the University of Barcelona and coordinator of the consolidated research group Esbrina
10:30 - 11:30


The effects of social changes on the work and professional life of university faculty. Fernando Hernández, Aida Sánchez de Serdio, Alejandra Montané. Universitat de Barcelona.

¿Cómo los académicos españoles se enfrentan con el cambio? Respuesta desde una investigación de historias de vida profesionales. Fernando Hernández, Juana Mª Sancho, Alejandra Montané, Aída Sánchez de Serdio Universidad de Barcelona

11:30 - 12:00


12:00 - 13:30

Keynote speakers:

  • Discussion on the results of the investigation, perspectives and proposals. José Ginés Mora. London Institute of Education, University of London.
  • Discussion on the results of the investigation, perspectives and proposals. Sverker Lindvlad. Göteborgs Universitet.

Presenta: Montserrat Rifà. Universiat Autònoma de Barcelona.

13:30 - 15:00


15:00 - 17:00

Papers presentation

Coordinated by: Alicia Cid, Patricia Hermosilla, Sandra Martínez, Adriana Ornellas, Paulo Padilla Petry. Universitat de Barcelona.

17:00 - 17:30


17:30 - 19:00

Round table:

The many faces of change in the university.

Moderator: Juana Mª Sancho. Universitat de Barcelona.


  1. Sverker Lindblad. Göteborgs Universitet.
  2. Josep Maria Brucart. President de la Comissió específica per a la Valoració dels Mèrits i Activitats Individuals d’AQU Catalunya.
  3. Ana García-Valcárcel. Universidad de Salamanca.
  4. Jordi Capo. Universitat de Barcelona.
19:00 - 19:30

Conclusion: Perspectives and conclusions.



Esbrina (former consolidated research group Formació, Innovació i Noves Tecnologies)


Sala d'actes.
Facultat de Belles Arts.
Carrer Pau Gargallo, 4.
08028 Barcelona.

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Secretariat: Laura Domingo i Karla Alonso.

Registration is closed.

Paper submission

Papers' abstracts and list.