Tenna Foustad Harbo - New PhD at the Department of Global Studies

With a background in Aesthetics & Culture and International Studies here at Aarhus University, Tenna will start her Ph.D at the department of Global Studies in February.

25.01.2019 | Camilla Dimke

The neoclassical school of thought is considered mainstream economics, bordering on law. Schools of thought that fall outside this paradigm of good scientific practice appear to be no more than exercises in futility. Economics is a powerful, yet one-track minded transnational network of experts, an epistemic community of ideological actors serving policy-makers in their capacity as decision-makers. Meanwhile, scattered groups of economics students have begun organizing as a reaction to the quality of the degrees available. The 2014 founding of the International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics (ISIPE), comprising 65 associations of students from over 30 different countries, became a uniting turning point for the rise of what I call the challengers. With their publication of an open letter, a plea to bring back pluralism into the field of economics, they emerged as a persistent, yet largely unnoticed voice in the public debate. Under the tentative working title: "Challenging the Educational Paradigm in Economics:

a social movement of students battling a non-receptive public sphere" the project sets out to examine a spatially dispersed yet connected body of actors that together form a unique type of social student movement. None of the current actors have been systematically studied, and aside from sporadic mentions in online article and blog posts, their concerns remain unaddressed. The project's main supervisor is Hagen Schulz-Forberg.