27.05.2020 17:08

Newly published article on European academics' narratives regarding Brexit

The article by Tim Seidenschnur, Amélia Veiga, Jens Jungblut and António Magalhães shows how different actors in the academic field perceive the challenges that Brexit poses for European higher education.

Based on a narrative analysis of 28 interviews in Germany and Portugal, this paper highlights how actors’ narratives convene discursive elements stemming from competing discourses on cooperation and competition.

The analysis highlights that there are national differences between the perceptions of Brexit and allows identifying commonalities in the narratives in both countries. In addition, we identify the presence of a pragmatic managerial attitude in response to Brexit. The three overarching narratives are the narrative of concerns, the narrative of hopes, and the narrative of beliefs. These narratives reflect the struggle of the cooperation and the competition discourses in ascribing meaning to Brexit. The competition discourse has assumed a dominant role in the perceptions of Brexit and cooperation is mainly fueled through the academics and their professional ethos.

Seidenschnur, T., Veiga, A., Jungblut, J. et al.  (2020). Hopes, beliefs, and concerns: narratives in German and Portuguese universities regarding Brexit. High Educ 79, 867–884.