PluriCourts and MultiLing with a workshop on diversity: - The universities need to be more responsive to the diversity of talent

What should universities do to accommodate and welcome researchers with different backgrounds in terms of ethnicity, gender, class and life situations? To put this issue firmer on the agenda, the research centres PluriCourts and MultiLing organise a full-day workshop at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters 18 November.

Illustration photo of new students gathered for the first day at the University of Oslo.

Need for more inclusion: Norwegian universities need to be better at welcoming persons from different social backgrounds and with different genders, ethnicities and life experiences, according to PluriCourts' Andreas Føllesdal.   Illustrations photo: Jarli & Jordan/UiO

How members of different genders, ethnicities and class backgrounds experience and perceive academic life often differ widely, with some groups disproportionally leaving the profession early or falling behind in recruiting processes.

According to Andreas Føllesdal, centre leader at the research Centre of Excellence PluriCourts, there is an urgent need to discuss and understand how these biases can be counteracted in order to build more diverse and inclusive academic institutions.

- The universities of Norway need to be more responsive to the diversity of talent when they are recruiting and trying to keep highly talented researchers, teachers and students, he argues.

Together with colleagues from PluriCourts and MultiLing, another research Centre of Excellence, he is now organizing a full-day workshop18 November on how to improve diversity in academia.  

A need to accommodate for the diversity of diversity

The diversity of diversity will be a key aspect of the workshop, which has a long list of panelists and experts from various academic fields and social backgrounds.

- The universities and other institutions of higher learning have slowly come to realise that gender has been an overlooked source of diversity in perspectives and perceptions, but there are many other sources of difference as well that the universities need to accommodate much more, Føllesdal explains.

The workshop’s overarching aim is to discuss what academic institutions can do to better welcome colleagues with international backgrounds, whose lives are in flux, with obligations of care, or with disabilities. The goal is partly to discover and discuss existing best practices and achievements, but also to uncover existing hurdles that have so far passed largely unnoticed.

- We need to consolidate the progress that has already been made, but also to realise how we can move forward, especially with regards to other issues apart from gender, Føllesdal argues.

Still possible to take part in the discussions

With more than 20 panelists, the workshop will cover a variety of aspects and topics related to the overarching theme of diversity and inclusion. However, the workshop will be open to all interested and it is still possible to register to take part in the discussion.

You can read more about the workshop and how to sign up at PluriCourts webpage.

The workshop is organized by the Centre of Excellence PluriCourtsCenter of excellence MultiLing and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

By Hanna Jarstø Ervik
Published Nov. 2, 2022 1:56 PM - Last modified Nov. 8, 2022 10:28 AM