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The Institute for Education Policy Studies

Website Update – May 2009

The Institute for Education Policy Studies is an independent Radical Left/ Socialist/ Marxist institute for developing analysis of education policy. It is at http://www.ieps.org.uk . The Institute seeks to develop Marxist analysis of policy, theory, ideology and policy development. It also seeks to develop Marxist transformative education theory, analysis and policy analyse and develop socialist/Marxist transformative policy for schooling and education from a number of Radical Left perspectives, including Freirean perspectives. The IEPS and its journal address issues of Social Class, ‘Race’, Gender and Capital/ism; Critical Pedagogy; New Public Managerialism and Academic / non-Academic labour, and Empowerment/ Disempowerment.

The IEPS critiques global, national, neo-liberal, neo-conservative, New Labour, Third Way, and postmodernist analyses and policy, together with New Public Managerialism . It was set up in 1989 and hosted the formation of the Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators (1989-2001). The IEPS organises and publicises national conferences and also publishes on-line papers by Radical Left/ Socialist/ Marxist writers.

IEPS publishes an online journal, the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (http://www.jceps.com/) twice a year. The editors of JCEPS are Prof Dave Hill (Chief/ Managing Editor), Prof Pablo Gentile (Latin America) and Prof Peter McLaren (North America). The journal welcomes articles from academics and activists throughout the globe. It is a refereed / peer juried international journal.

The Institute for Education Policy Studies has recently updated its web site. In particular, the biographical details of the Institute’s key writers have been updated, for: Dave Hill, Glenn Rikowski, Paula Allman, Mike Cole, Peter McLaren and Sharhzad Mojab. You can view these updates at: http://www.ieps.org.uk/iepsbios.php

 

The Institute for Education Policy Studies: http://www.ieps.org.uk/

 

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Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues XII

From Critique to Contestation

MARXISM AND EDUCATION: RENEWING DIALOGUES XII

A Day Seminar, 10.00– 4.30, Saturday July 4th 2009, Birmingham City University, Perry Barr, B42 2SU, Attwood Building, Room: 044

This is to announce: the 12th Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues (MERD) Seminar

We will be focusing upon: Current Issues in Marxist Education Research

We are pleased to confirm the following line-up of speakers:    
Andrea Beckmann, Charlie Cooper, Richard Hatcher, Ken Jones, and Gurnam Singh

More information on paper titles and details of the timetable will be sent to you in due course.

The seminar is free but places are limited.

To reserve a place and receive a numbered ticket, please contact Joyce Canaan at: joyce.canaan@bcu.ac.uk  
A waiting list will come into operation when all the places have been allocated

Please forward this invite to those who may be interested

Convenors: Joyce Canaan and Richard Hatcher

The Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues (MERD) Seminars were founded by Tony Green (University of London, Institute of Education) and Glenn Rikowski in 2001. The first MERD Seminar was run at the Institute of Education in October 2002. For details on MERD Seminars 1-10, see: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=events&sub=MERD

 

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Marx and Philosophy Society – 2009 Conference Abstracts

Abstracts of papers for the Annual Conference of the Marx and Philosophy Society are now available at: http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk

To reserve a place at the conference in advance, please email: martin.mcivor@ alumni.lse. ac.uk

Andrew Chitty

Marx and Philosophy Society
Sixth Annual Conference
Saturday 6th June 2009, 9.30am – 6.00pm
Room 642, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1

PROGRAMME:

 

Nicole Pepperell (RMIT, Melbourne)
Beyond Telos and Totality: Immanent Critique as Selective Inheritance

Geoffrey Kay
Derivatives: ‘Metaphysical Subtleties and Theological Niceties’

Nick Dyer-Witheford (University of Western Ontario)
Twenty-First Century Species-Being

Graduate panel:

Jeremy Cohan (NYU)
What Marx really thought about class

David Marjoribanks (Kent)
Marxism and morality: out of the ‘moral wilderness’?

Caleb Basnett (York University, Toronto)
Re-inventing the subject: Marx and ethics


£10 waged, £5 unwaged, payable at the door
(provides annual membership of the society and entrance)

To reserve a place in advance please email: martin.mcivor@ alumni.lse. ac.uk
Travel directions: http://www.ioe. ac.uk/sitehelp/ 1072.html
Further details at: http://www.marxandp hilosophy. org.uk

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The 2009 World Picture Conference
           
October 23-24, 2009
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Keynote Speakers:
Edward Branigan (University of California, Santa Barbara) & Alexander García Düttmann (Goldsmiths College)

We believe the question of style is in need of new thinking, across media, disciplines and modes of thought. We hope, therefore, to receive abstracts that reflect or extend out of any number of approaches to the question of style (theoretical, philosophical, historical, formal, generic, etc.). Our conference (like our journal) is inflected by a strong interest in the intersection of political and aesthetic questions concerning cinema, visual art, and visual theory, but we encourage the submission of abstracts that do not necessarily occupy themselves with the cinema and/or the visual.

Proposals (250 words), including a brief bio, should be sent to Brian Price at brian.price@okstate.edu  by June 1.

World Picture is edited by Brian Price, Meghan Sutherland and John David Rhodes. It is devoted to philosophical and theoretical inquiry, with a strong emphasis on the visual, the cinematic, the televisual, and contemporary art. It appears twice annually and is online and open access.

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The Rouge Forum – Update 20th May 2009

Rouge Forum Update: War, Decay and Sane Resistance!

A Message from Rich Gibson 

Dear Friends,

We will circulate a full report from the Rouge Forum Conference at Eastern Michigan University over the weekend. This is a very brief preliminary report from the student newspaper:
http://www.easternecho.com/content/rouge-forum-discusses-youth-education-emu-0

On the Education Front:

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/may/19/ca-special-election-051909/?california&zIndex=101745&dsq=9568515#comment-9568515

The California Teachers Association and NEA bosses wasted more than $12.2 million on their outrageous tax the poor scam that failed completely and, worse, managed to convince even more poor and working people that organized education workers are actually enemies. Nice work, CTA.

Meanwhile, UTLA managed to cower their way out of what was to be last Friday’s mass walkout, fearful of a judge’s order against it.

Everyone should be clear on this. The only illegal job action is one that fails. If thousands of teachers walked out, the judge would do nearly nothing, indeed nothing except try to fine CTA. So? CTA is not a bank and CTA members can picket judges’ homes.

The Green Dot Takeover: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-greendot11-2009may11,0,3289443.story

Since UTLA and NEA have done so little to build a base among poor and working class parents and kids, and since AFT loves Green Dot, this plan to seize the school system is conceivable.

And it is another move from the LATimes to attack the rising militancy of the education workers who have a walkout scheduled this week. There are thoughtful and active alternatives to all this … http://www.rougeforumconference.org/
        
Obama placed Bob Bobb, paid jointly by the Broad Foundation and the Detroit Public Schools, in charge of DPS. Then The One declared Detroit “Ground Zero,” in the education wars. Bobb announced a plan to federalize DPS. Would that be a first? http://www.susanohanian.org/show_nclb_outrages.html?id=3621

On the Perpetual War Front (the education agenda is a war agenda):

Obamagogue To Cover up Torture Photos: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/13/white-house-wants-a-delay-in-the-release-of-detainee-photos/?hp

Escobar: Pipelineistan Part 2: http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175071/pepe_escobar_pipelineistan_goes_af_pak

On the Fake Radicals Front:

Once the Weathermen were liberals (and police agents) with bombs. Terrorists who opposed the hard work that it takes to build a mass class conscious movement to transcend the system of capital. Now, they are just liberals without bombs. But, unlike Billy Ayers and the rest of the Weathermen, at least Mark Rudd admits he and his ganglet destroyed the Students for a Democratic Society on the eve of the biggest outpouring of mass action from 1950 on. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/books/review/Barrett-t.html

On the Organized Decay is an Element of Fascism Front:

Detroit Photo Essay: Who is next? http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/essay/detroit-troubled-city

Neighbors Prevent Firefighters from Saving Detroit Drug Den: http://www.detnews.com/article/20090518/METRO01/905180378/Neighbors-harass-Detroit-fire-crews-fighting-blaze-at-drug-house

Foreclosures hit high in April http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/may/13/us-foreclosure-rates-051309/?california&zIndex=98434

The troubling reality that fascism in the past has sometimes been a popular mass movement: The Third Reich at War:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/books/review/Reich-t.html?pagewanted=2&ref=books

On the “This is not, not, for sure, not a depression, it’s ah, well, ahem,” Front:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/books/review/Rauch-t.html?ref=books

Tickled by the NYTimes reassurance that this is not, surely not, absolutely not, could not be, a GREAT depression, it’s just a depression. And good time are right around the corner.

On the Unions Became What They Claimed to Set Out to Oppose Front:

UAW Won’t Strike Chrysler Until 2015: http://www.freep.com/article/20090513/BUSINESS01/90513086/UAW+won+t+strike+Chrysler+through+2015

You don’t need to pay a union to surrender. You can throw up your hands and do that alone. Concessions do not save jobs. They just make bosses want more. The UAW is a prime example. When they say cut back, we should say, Fight Back!

The Torment and Demise of the United Auto Workers Union: http://clogic.eserver.org/2006/gibson.html

Unions are unfit to meet the crisis at hand. While it may be important to have one toe in a union in order to meet people and build a base for real change, it is equally important to have ten toes out of the union—in an organization that can connect reason, passion, and power. Like the Rouge Forum. Please spread the word. There is no single “Line” of the RF. We have many voices and many varying talents.

Here are the last two stanzas to the great workers’ song Solidarity Forever:

They have taken untold millions
that they never toiled to earn,
But without our brain and muscle
not a single wheel can turn.
We can break their haughty power;
gain our freedom when we learn
That the Union makes us strong.

In our hands is placed a power
greater than their hoarded gold;
Greater than the might of armies,
magnified a thousand-fold.
We can bring to birth a new world
from the ashes of the old
For the Union makes us strong.

Well, the union didn’t make us strong, but the rest is on the mark and the struggle continues.

Thanks to Joe Bishop and the Eastern Michigan volunteers, Adam and Gina, WayneO,  Nancye, Patricia,  Faith and Craig, Greg (whose speech will be up by the weekend), Pat B, Bill-Scott–the youths-and Marty, Paul, Cory, Connie,  Travis, Roger, Doug S and Doug Y, Gil G (that book is terrific) Billy X, Donna, Sherry, Zena, Em, Candace, Rebecca, Sonia, Maria, Chris (what a long drive), Susan O and H, O and Ido and the baby, Steve and Perry for getting things going and you too Kevin and Marc, Michael who is a smart guy and good friend, the heroic Sergei and the secretaries, Jeremiah, The Uprising and Tainted Machine, Staughton Lynd who is a beacon of good sense, Marty G who should have been there, Big M, Bob and Tommie, and all who made the conference a delight.

Good luck to us, every one.
Rich Gibson

 

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Constantin – Live at 229 Great Portland Street

Constantin are an exciting new electro-pop band. They played their second live show at 229 Great Portland Street last Saturday. Gregory Rikowski was there for the show and has written a review of this excellent band’s performance.

 

See: http://www.constantin.uk.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=34&Itemid=53

 

Constantin will be playing at the Water Rats, King’s Cross, London on 12th June.

 

Gregory Rikowski’s blog, GREGSWORLD, is at: http://www.gregrikowski.blogspot.com

Constantin’s web site is at: http://www.constantin.uk.com

Gregory’s MySpace Profile is at: http://www.myspace.com/92945414

Constantin’s MySpace Profile is at: http://www.myspace.com/constantinspace  

 

 

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Manufacturing Happiness

 

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Manufacturing Happiness: Investigating Subjectivity, Transformation, and Cultural Capital

The Graduate Students of George Mason University invite paper proposals for our 4th Annual Cultural Studies Conference. The Conference will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

This conference considers practices, institutions, and products that promise happiness, in a sense of inducing “the good life,” typically expressed as self-realization or finding one’s purpose-borrowing Agamben’s term, subjective technologies that have a specific relationship to social and political forces. How do practices designed or claimed for such diverse purposes as personal stress management, recovering from colonization, parenting, global conglomeration, and corporate development work? What kinds of transformations do they bring, in terms of personality, power, and communitas? And what becomes of the living cultural traditions from which these practices are abstracted, as in the care of the psychotherapeutic practice of “western Buddhism,” which Zizek claims is the “hegemonic ideology par excellance of late capitalism?” From the transmission of packaged idealisms and practices with a putative relationship to traditional sources to the commodified transactions for services and goods, the conference organizers seeks papers that investigate the growing cultural industries, both global and local, devoted to manufacturing happiness.

The wide-ranging contexts for our investigation include, but are not limited to: the social positions within the family, home, workplace, community, or nation-state; geographical and global considerations of institutional development and affiliation; the political economy of corporate training models; cultural capital and legitimation; media and mediation (print, television, DVD, Internet, radio, etc.); religious connections and origins; the confirmation and construction of identities (gender, physical, class, spiritual, national, sexual, and race) in social or political realms; and the rise and intensity of ecological subjectivities.

Examples:
* Integral Institute, Integral Naked, and Ken Wilber
* Est Training
* Shambhala Training
* Eckhardt Tolle and Oprah’s Book Club
* Weight loss and Constructing Beauty
* The “Human Potential” Movement
* The Zen Alarm Clock
* The Secret
* Hollywood Kabballah Centre
* Transpersonal Psychology
* The “Self-Help” Industry
* Magazines such as What Is Enlightenment?

Please e-mail a 500-word abstract of your presentation along with a short CV to Michael Lecker (mlecker@gmu.edu) no later than June 15, 2009.

 

Additional information:

http://www.allconferences.com/conferences/2009/20090427183905/

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=168118

http://culturalstudies.gmu.edu/happiness/

 

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Why Read Marx’s ‘Capital’ Today?

Joseph Choonara will address this question at a book launch fir his new book: Unravelling Capitalism: A Guide to Marxist Political Economy

 

Karl Marx was the greatst critic of capitalism. Yet his ideas are widely dismissed or misunderstood. Joseph Choonara introduces Marx’s approach to understanding capitalism and outlines how this can be applied to capitalism as it has developed since Marx’s time.

 

Thursday 28th May, 6.30pm, Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London

Refreshments are provided

All Bookmarks events are free, but you will need to reserve a place.

Email: events@bookmarks.uk.com

Tel: 020 7637 1848

Bookmarks: http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk/cgi/store/bookmark.cgi

 

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Stephen Gill on the Current Global Crisis

Stephen Gill website: http://www.stephengill.com/

Readers of this blog may be interested in some of Stephen Gill’s papers and posts which are connected to interpretations of the current global crisis.  Also included are biographical materials and a selected list of publications.
Dr. Stephen Gill, F.R.S.C.
Distinguished Research Professor
Department of Political Science
Ross S660, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, CANADA
Tel (direct): 416-736-2100 ext 88824; Tel: office reception 416-736-5265; Fax: 416-736-5686

 

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Jo Brand in Conversation

Jo Brand will be talking about her latest novel, ‘The More You Ignore Me’, a hilarious, poignant and darkly comic novel by the Queen in Comedy.

 

Hornchurch Library

Thursday 4th June 2009

7.30pm

 

Tickets @ £5, available to persons aged 16+ years only and should be purchased in advance from:

Hornchurch Library, 44 North Street, Hornchurch, RM11 1TB.

Tel: 01708 434903

Copies of Jo’s new book will be on sale at the event, supplied by Newham Bookshop.

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Cultural Translation

11th December 2009, Cardiff University

Call for Papers

 

Etymologically, the word translation is linked, among other things, to “tradition” on the one hand and to “betrayal” on the other. … And yet the word tradition itself, linked in its roots to translation and betrayal, has to do with handing over. Tradition itself is nothing if it is not a transmission. How is tradition to be transmitted, to be passed on, if not through translation? (Rey Chow)

 

The process of “cultural translation” is inevitably enmeshed in conditions of power – professional, national, international. … Given that that is so, the interesting question for enquiry is … how power enters into the process of “cultural translation” (Talal Asad)

 

 

For this free interdisciplinary conference, we invite proposals on problematics of:

  • Intercultural encounters
  • Translation between cultures
  • Postcolonialism and the politics of translation
  • Diaspora, migration, mobility and cultural practices
  • Ethnicity, language, representation and cultural identity
  • Theories and practices of cultural translation
  • Tradition, transmission, translation and problems of origins
  • Re-examining the assumptions of translation
  • Questions of technology, mediation and the voice
  • Ethical and political problems in academic methodologies

 

Proposals: 400-word proposals for 20-minute papers.

Deadline: 1st September 2009

Email: BowmanP@cf.ac.uk

 

NB: This conference is free. Places are strictly limited. Papers will be selected by committee.

 

Organisation: The conference is organised by:

  • The Cardiff Humanities Research Institute Project, ‘Representing Migration and Mobility in European Cultures’ (Cardiff School of European Studies);
  • The Race, Representation and Cultural Identity Research Group (Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies).

 

 

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Friedrich Engels: The Frock-Coated Communist

The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels

Tristram Hunt talks about his new book:

21st May, 7.00pm, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH  

Friedrich Engels is one of the most attractive and contradictory figures of the 19th century. A co-founder of international communism and co-author of The Communist Manifesto, Engels was far more than Marx’s right-hand man. He was a profound thinker in his own right who predicted the social effects of today’s free-market fundamentalism and globalisation. In this talk, Tristram Hunt discusses his biography of Engels, The Frock-Coated Communist, and considers how one of the great bon viveurs of Victorian Britain reconciled his raucous personal life with his uncompromising political philosophy.

Dr Tristram Hunt is one of Britain’s best known young historians. He is a lecturer in British history at Queen Mary, University of London and a former associate fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, King’s College, Cambridge. A leading historical broadcaster, he has authored numerous series for BBC Radio and Television and Channel 4 and is a regular contributor to The Times, The Guardian and The Observer.

 

This event is organised in partnership with Newham Bookshop.

745-747 Barking Road, London E13 9ER: http://newhambooks.co.uk/blog

 

Tickets £6 (Concessions £4)

Tel: 020 7392 9220

Further details and online booking: http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/events_details.asp?EventsID=382

 

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