Pathologies of Professionalism

Several CEPA members, alongside colleagues elsewhere in – and outside – the University, are researching issues surrounding the pathological/professional in academic and other professional spheres. 

We have presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois, which included the performatively presented a courtroom drama, putting ‘the professional’ on trial and giving the audience the casting vote. This formed part of CEPA’s ongoing Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Illinois.

Within this, we are holding a one-day event colloquium: Pathologies of Professionalism in Higher Education. Academic professionalism is often seen as in crisis, facing increased competition, precarity, curbs to freedom of expression, and new modes of accountability and audit. What kinds of professionalism can survive these conditions of academic precarity? The ‘real’ economy is a growing factor in redefining professionalism in UK Higher Education. In this colloquium, attendees will be seeking to develop the new concepts and theories we need to express these contemporary dilemmas.


Dr Catherine O’Connell, Dr Frank Su, Dr Namrata Rao, Dr Joseph Maslen, Dr Cathal O’Siochru, Assoc. Prof Alan Hodkinson