The Dispositif of the University Reform presents a discourse analysis about transformations in higher education in Poland. Combining Foucauldian categories of discourse, dispositif and governmentality with contemporary changes in the area of science and higher education, it proposes an analysis of power in close connection with the development of knowledge.

The book researches the tradition built on the works of Michel Foucault, one of the most prominent and inspiring researchers for the contemporary humanities. It introduces the Polish context to the international debate on higher education transformations and the reception of Foucauldian categories in social research. In addition, it presents the original concept of the dispositif of the reform as a heuristic model of describing and explaining the practice of regulating academic life and education policy.

As a valuable contribution to the knowledge about the legitimization of educational policy and the practice formed by dominant discourses, the book will be of great interest for academics, researchers and post graduate students in the fields of sociology of education, sociology of knowledge, critical pedagogy, public policy, educational studies, and philosophy.

chapter 1|23 pages


The reform as a dispositif
ByHelena Ostrowicka

chapter 2|35 pages

Academic discourse

Formations of knowledge about the reform
ByJustyna Spychalska-Stasiak, Helena Ostrowicka

chapter 3|30 pages

The dispositif of law

The juridification of the higher education system in Poland
ByŁukasz Stankiewicz, Helena Ostrowicka

chapter 4|25 pages

The responsibilized university

The power of parametrization
ByHelena Ostrowicka, Justyna Spychalska-Stasiak

chapter 5|35 pages

The dispositif of discipline and the neoliberal governance of students

ByŁukasz Stankiewicz, Helena Ostrowicka

chapter |3 pages


ByHelena Ostrowicka