The Public Professor: Critical Intellectual Discourse in the Age of Social Media

Christian Christensen - Stockholm University

(THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF MY PROFESSORIAL INSTALLATION SPEECH GIVEN AT AT UPPSALA UNIVERSITY ON NOVEMBER 16, 2011. AS IS THE CUSTOM, THE INTENDED AUDIENCE FOR THESE INSTALLATION TALKS IS BROAD AND NON-ACADEMIC.)

The Public Professor: Critical Intellectual Discourse in the Age of Social Media(CLICK FOR VIDEO)

Professor Christian Christensen, Media & Communication Studies

Professorial Installation Talk

Uppsala University, Sweden (November 16, 2011)

In 1967, in a piece entitled The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Noam Chomsky wrote the following:

It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and to expose lies. This, at least, may seem enough of a truism to pass over without comment. Not so, however. For the modern intellectual, it is not at all obvious.

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About Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.
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