ICREA & Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Departament d’Humanitats
David Block is ICREA Research Professor in the Departament d’Humanitats at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has published books, articles and chapters on a variety of topics, ranging from second language teaching and learning to his more recent work examining multimodal practices and phenomena of all kinds drawing on scholarship in Marxist political economy, history, sociology, anthropology and geography. Block is a member of the Academy of the Social Sciences (UK) and Visiting Professor at University College London Institute of Education.
The Internationalization of higher education and English-medium instruction: Questioning key assumptions and practices

Inglés Presencial Conferencia magistral Foro de investigadores en enseñanza de lenguas.

The internationalization of higher education (HE) and the global spread of English have motivated an exponential increase in the number of universities worldwide touting their international policies while offering English-medium instruction (EMI). This paper takes a contrarian and critical view of internationalisation in HE and the wide-spread adoption of EMI. I examine the case of Catalan universities and how they portray themselves on their webpages. I explain how these webpages are imbued with discourses of academic capitalism, according to which knowledge is only valid if it is marketable, researchers are entrepreneurs and HE and research are at the service of global capitalism and neoliberal rationalities.