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Marx and Philosophy Society

Sixth Annual Conference
Institute of Education, London, Saturday 6th June 2009
Keynote speaker: Nick Dyer-Witheford (University of Western Ontario)
The Marx and Philosophy Society aims to encourage scholarly engagement with, and creative development of, the philosophical and foundational aspects of Marx’s work. The society welcomes contributions from any philosophical or political position.

Papers on any topic consonant with these aims are invited from postgraduate students for a special session for postgraduate papers at the conference.

Papers should be planned to last for approximately 20 minutes.

Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words by 1 March 2009 to Sean Sayers at:

Please disseminate this call.


 Marx and Philosophy Society:

Sean Sayers, Professor  of Philosophy,
School of European Culture and Languages
University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF, UK
Tel +44 1227-827513; Fax +44 1227-823641


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Cling are an exciting band, and one of my MySpace friends. I have seen them live, and they are great performers. I received this message from Cling a few days ago.


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A message from Cling’s Susi Lavender


We have been very busy of late preparing for our first festival appearance @ The Cosmic Puffin. We have remixed, remade, remodelled and even come up with some new tunes for the occasion. We had to get two VJs for the gig in case one let us down, and low and behold one let us down, we must be getting the hang of this, and now I have three weeks to finish it all off and get it working on the brand new laptop that arrived this morning that is running Vista, and we have a new cat so life is very hectic at the moment.


Anyway we are appearing on Easter Sunday April 12th 2009, we are the last band on so basically we are the end of festival party come Chillout band so we intend to party and chill like never before and armed with my new laptop and sound card with 10 outputs the sound should be excellent.


We have also uploaded our debut CD Sonic Spells to Aimie Street and at the moment you can download it FREE, here is a link


Lastly if you have not seen it yet you can view our new video on YouTube and here is a link to it:


It has been watched collectively over 1000 times so it seems to have gone down well.


Hope to see as many of you as possible at The Cosmic Puffin


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Exploring Marx’s Capital

Thursday, 26th March, 6.30 p.m. (Lombokstraat, 40 – Amsterdam)

“Constant and variable Capital and surplus value”


Guglielmo Carchedi, University of Amsterdam



This is the fourth lecture of the project “Exploring Marx’s Capital”, which is an integral part of the series Returns of Marxism in Amsterdam 2008/2009 (for more info:

Each lecture of the month from December onwards focuses upon a topic in Marx’s Capital. More precisely, it follows chronologically the main topics of Marx’s Capital Volume I, from the “commodity form” to “primitive accumulation” – for the reading group in English; – for the group held in Dutch.


The mini-series “Exploring Marx’s Capital” is related to the Capital Reading Group of Capital vol. I (both in English and in Dutch) that we started in November at the IIRE and at the University of Amsterdam.

The meetings of the Capital reading group take place twice a month, and are followed by the public lecture at the end of the month. If you are interested in participating, please do not hesitate to contact the following emails:


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Revolution and Protest               

Yesterday and Tomorrow


Special Session at Left Forum (April 17-19),                           

Pace University (across from City Hall), New York City


Panel discussion flowing from the newly-published eight-volume International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest (Wiley-Blackwell):


Walden Bello

Kunal Chattopadhyay

Paul Le Blanc

Immanuel Ness

Frances Fox Piven


Exploring historical experience and patterns of relevance for left scholars and activists at the present political juncture, the discussion will survey:


*The purpose of the encyclopedia — as a tool for scholars and activists today and tomorrow

*Globalization and international revolution — historically and today

*Revolutionary traditions as resources for social change

*New (and not-so-new) realities of our time

*How progressive social change is brought about — lessons and challenges for today


For Registration, see:


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In the Balance—the Class Struggle in Britain


With Charlie Kimber


Economic crisis can lead to outbursts of anger, but it can also lead to demoralisation. What is the balance of class forces in Britain today? And what impact can the left have on the course of the struggle?


Charlie Kimber will present a seminar based on a major forthcoming article in International Socialism journal.



6.30pm, Friday 27 March. King’s College London, the Strand. Room details to follow. 


For more information phone 020 7819 1177 or email:


Future seminar dates for your diary:

24 April 2009

29 May 2009


International Socialism

+44 (0)20 7819 1177


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The University of Utopia
Radicalising Higher Education


2nd Annual Research Conference

The Centre for Educational Research and Development of the University of Lincoln


Thursday, 4th June, 2009

EMMTEC Conference Centre, Brayford Pool, University of Lincoln, LN6 7TS




Professor Ron Barnett, Institute of Education:         The Utopian University: Challenges and Prospects

Professor Antonia Darder, University of Illinois: “Breaking Silence: A Study into the Pervasiveness of Oppression”




Patrick Ainley, Joyce Canaan: “The Student Experience”

Stefano Harney, Fred Moten: “Academic Labour”

Cath Lambert, Mike Neary, Elisabeth Simbuerger: “Teaching in Public”

Dennis Hayes, Terence Karran: “Academic Freedom”



What is the Conference About?


Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) sets out, for the first time, the paradox of the modern (new) world: the possibility of abundance (freedom) in a society of scarcity (non-freedom); and the dangers that are inherent in this paradoxical situation for the development of the emergent capitalist society.


More suggests the universality of education as a way of resolving this paradox.  For the humanist More, the highest pleasures are those of the mind, and true happiness depends on their realization.  On More’s fantasy island, Utopia is a universal school for all its citizens, where all civic life is education.  Citizens attend public lectures in the morning, participate in lively discussions during meal-times, and, in the evening, receive formal supervision from scholars. (Meiksins Wood, 1997).


In 1953, with the publication of The University of Utopia, the educational philosopher Robert Hutchins extended More’s allegory to a liberal humanist reappraisal of higher education.  Anticipating the vocationalist critique of contemporary higher education, Hutchins wrote ‘The object of the educational system, taken as a whole, is not to produce hands for industry or to teach the young how to make a living. It is to produce responsible citizens’ (p.3). Hutchins’s views have been repeated and endorsed in the increasing volume of critical literature on the commercialisation of higher education.


However this critical literature has struggled to provide any convincing alternatives to ‘academic capitalism’ (Slaughter and Leslie, 1997).  This absence of any radical alternative, occurs not because of a lack of imagination, but by virtue of the nature of liberal-humanism itself.  For Zizek (2002) liberal humanism ‘precludes any serious questioning of the way in which this liberal democratic order is complicit in the phenomena it officially condemns, and, of course, any serious attempt to imagine a different socio-political order’ (167). What this amounts to, for Zizek, is ‘a prohibition on thinking… the moment we question the liberal consensus we are accused of abandoning scientific objectivity and recourse to outdate ideological positions’ (168).


The aim of this conference is to recover the freshness of More’s critique, while going beyond Hutchins’s liberal fundamentalism, in order to imagine some real radical futures for higher education.  The conference addresses the problem of inventing a form of radicality that confronts the same paradox that emerged in Tudor England, and continues to undermine the progressive development of the postmodern world.



Why Come to the Conference?


The conference will be of interest to all staff in further and higher education who are concerned about the future direction and role of the changing university within the emerging global knowledge economy.


We look forward to welcoming you

Register online now at:  


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