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What are people (in universities) for? 0

What are people (in universities) for?

According to the term coined by Stefan Collini (2012) [1], the dimension of research that supports up-to-date, innovative, and creative teaching action in universities can be cataloged by the Edspeak buzzwords, that is: “competitive, ground-breaking, cutting-edge, relatable, applicable, impactful, transferable, research cluster grant-winning, profit-generating, and easily packaged for media coverage”. In fact, academia did not escape neoliberal reform trends, starting to operate according to market mechanisms and principles of economic...



We are talking about a set of bodies with a unique mission that materializes in developing specific social responses to meet the needs and deprivations of communities. The complexity of their role in society, the multiplicity of means that their action involves, the restrictions of different natures to which they are subject, the problems and challenges they face and the vast network of relationships in which they are immersed lead...


Skills for an uncertain future

Core skills consider the flexibility that we must develop in an uncertain world, increasingly global, with high mobility of people, information, and changing services. Carlos Barros Well-being between the personal and professional spheres is an increasingly heated debate among the various events on the themes of organisational and personal development. In fact, we cannot separate the well-being of the individual in their personal sphere from their professional sphere, but we...


Humanist journalism (or its lacking…) in the coverage of a crime with a child victim

A popular statement in journalism says that “a dog biting a man is not news, but a man biting a dog is definitely news”. Irony aside, we can acknowledge some truth in this statement. Disturbances of any nature in our daily lives inevitably capture our attention. They can be as trivial as a car crashing reflecting on the traffic or a storm that cut down some trees and closed streets....



It is necessary to work collectively and bring together the actors to cooperate and work together, meeting a common interest. The strategic decisions of organizations should not be separated from the context of existing relationships, as organizations influence and are influenced not only by the direct relationships they establish with their stakeholders but by the network in which they are inserted. Simaens, A., 2012 Any person, in the course of...


Ageing: a social challenge?

The increasing awareness that in the western world more people are living to a later age, but that there may be fewer people available for the care required, has made it essential to consider attitudes and behaviours regarding ageism and cooperation with the most immediate network. Carlos Barros The difficulty to support various age groups has increased, creating pressure on what should be effective social support and solidarity – whether...


The active principle of the Ugly

The Ugly is not a “Being”. The Ugly is a “Becoming”. Its condition is not static. It lives in a relative, entropic, and never definitive axiological spectrum. It is a negation, the active principle of negation. Finding a “frame” of the Ugly implies recognizing dimensions of reality that distance us from a promise of happiness [1] and on which the process of making something invisible appears as the possible response...

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