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Mordechai Feingold

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779919.001.0001

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Whose Space is it Anyhow?

Whose Space is it Anyhow?

(p.144) Whose Space is it Anyhow?
History of Universities

Sheldon Rothblatt

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the existence of the ‘physical university’, a subject so comprehensive and so wide-ranging that approaches to it diverge even more than is customary in collections. From its inception in the twelfth century, the university has been an important institution, even when it served only a handful of students, since they were destined to occupy leading positions in church and state. The university of today is regarded as the seminal institution of a modern society. It contains the ‘key profession’, the academic one that trains all the others. The present university is a city; a circumscribed territory sometimes with gates but elsewhere possessed of weak outer membranes permitting continual outer and inner movement, intermixing public and private spaces. It is pre-eminently a collection of people of all ages and backgrounds gathered into landscapes and hardscapes, greenfields, and now even reclaimed wasteland and vacated locations.

Keywords:   physical university, twelfth century, church, state, modern society, key profession, private spaces, landscapes, greenfields

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