PaTHES is associated with the Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education journal. Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education is an international refereed scholarly journal committed to advancing understanding of the role(s) and purpose(s) of higher education. The journal strives to be inclusive in scope, addressing topics and issues of significance to a wide range of scholars and practitioners concerned with the relationship between higher education and society. Rigorous submissions informed by diverse philosophical and theoretical orientations, including, but not limited to, critical theory, existentialism, feminism, queer theory, post-colonialism, Marxism, liberalism, poststructuralism, postmodernism, and post-humanism will be welcomed. The journal aims to stimulate critical analyses of policy and practice in higher education, with an emphasis on inter-disciplinarity and international perspectives. The content will be primarily philosophical and theoretically-based research papers. Analytical papers that reflect on empirical projects will also be featured in the journal. Short responses to previous articles as well as essay reviews of new works in the field will be considered to promote ongoing critical dialogue within the journal. Proposals for special issues, with thematically linked papers, are encouraged.

Special Issue

‘Imagining the Future University’ is the title of a special issue of  Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education, guest edited by Søren S. Bengtsen and Ronald Barnett.

The special issue arose originally from the first annual PaTHES conference ‘The Purpose of the Future University’, at Aarhus University in the autumn 2017, so the issue has been a little time underway. We appreciate the great efforts, patience and support from all the contributors of the special issue, and the continued work and efforts from executive editor John Petrovic, who has ensured that we now see the result of our work as a team!

Call for Special Issue

Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education (PTHE) Special Issue – Academic Activism in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

Guest editors:
Dr Fadia Dakka, Birmingham City University; Dr Luca Morini, Coventry University; Professor Carola Boehm, Staffordshire University

Extended deadline for first submission (abstract):
15 December 2020

You are invited to propose contribution to a Special Issue of PTHE on the topic of Academic Activism by, in, and for contemporary universities and the world(s) they create and inhabit.

The editors look for contributions that pose questions in relation to forms of academic activism, their legitimacy, and their drivers and expressions (internal or external). They invite written contributions, but also welcome experimental formats (e.g. artworks, graphic essays, poetry, videos), provided that they are accompanied by a written exegesis. They also welcome contributions from any academic discipline provided that there is an explicit link with the Philosophy of Higher Education. Synoptic classifications of forms of activism are also welcome.

Read all about the call, including full timeline and instructions for submission:

Call for review

Are you interested in doing an essay review of a book for PTHE? Please do not hesitate to contact Responses and Reviews Editor, Daniel Saunders (dsaunder at for more information and to express your interest.

Currently there is a call for review of the recently published The Fully Functioning University (Bourner, Rospigliosi and Heath, 2020).

Recent books by PaTHES members

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