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British Sociological Association (BSA), Presidential Event

Monday 8th February 2010, 10.00am – 4.30pm

British Library Conference Centre, London

This one day conference will examine the methodological implications for social science of the processes of global climate change.

John Urry from Lancaster University will be taking a lead on this event along with John Brewer (BSA President). John Urry is currently editing a special issue of Theory, Culture and Society on global heating (2010) and preparing Climate Change and Society (Polity 2011). He is a former RAE Panel Chair and Editor of the International Library of Sociology.

John Brewer is Sixth Century Chair in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He is currently working on another of sociology’s ‘big issues’, with Polity Press about to publish his book on the sociology of peace processes.  The Leverhulme Trust are also funding a £1.26m research programme on compromise after conflict.

The conference programme includes:

* A welcome to the conference from BSA President, Professor John Brewer

* A welcome to the British Library by Jude England, Head of Social Sciences

* Professor John Urry, Lancaster University: ‘The importance of putting Society into Climate Change’

* Rt Hon. Malcolm Wicks MP ‘Climate Change: What is the Question?’

* Professor Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster University: ‘Transitions in practice – climate change and everyday life’

* Professor Tim Jackson, University of Surrey: ‘The social and structural dimensions of sustainable living’

* Professor Alan Warde, University of Manchester: ‘How sociological understandings of routine consumption might inform effective strategies for enhancing sustainability’

* Professor Brian Wynne, Lancaster University: ‘Climate Change Science’

Places for this event are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Lunch and refreshments are included. BSA Members can attend this event free of charge (your 2010 subscription must be paid in advance of registration). However, due to the costs incurred by the BSA, in the event of a no-show or cancellation of your booking after 5:00pm on Monday 12th January 2010, a fee of £10 will be charged. Non-Members of the BSA may also attend this event for a registration fee of £10.

Please visit the event website to register and for further event details. For more details about joining the BSA please visit

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London International Conference on Education (LICE-2010)

September 6-8, 2010, London, UK


The London International Conference on Education (LICE) is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The LICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.

The aim of LICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The LICE-2010 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation. All accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.

The topics in LICE-2010 include but are not confined to
the following areas:

*Academic Advising and Counselling
*Art Education
*Adult Education
*APD/Listening and Acoustics in Education Environment
*Business Education
*Counsellor Education
*Curriculum, Research and Development
*Distance Education
*Early Childhood Education
*Educational Administration
*Educational Foundations
*Educational Psychology
*Educational Technology
*Education Policy and Leadership
*Elementary Education
*Health Education
*Higher Education
*Human Resource Development
*Indigenous Education
*ICT Education
*Kinesiology & Leisure Science
*Language Education
*Mathematics Education
*Multi-Virtual Environment
*Music Education
*Physical Education (PE)
*Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
*Reading Education
*Religion and Education Studies
*Rural Education
*Science Education
*Secondary Education
*Second life Educators
*Social Studies Education
*Special Education
*Student Affairs
*Teacher Education
*Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
*Other Areas of Education


Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Submission Date: March 01, 2010 
Research Paper, Case Study, Report Submission Date: March 30, 2010
Proposal for Workshops: February 15, 2010
Notification of Workshop Acceptance/Rejection: February 15, 2010
Notification of Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Acceptance/Rejection: March 15, 2010
Notification of Research Paper, Case Study, Report Acceptance /Rejection: April 15, 2010
Camera Ready Paper Due: June 01, 2010 
Participant(s) Registration (Open): January 2010
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 31, 2010
Late Bird Registration Deadline: September 06, 2010
Conference Dates: September 06-08, 2010

For further information please visit LICE-2010 at:

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Work, work, work




A forum will be held on Saturday, March 27, to discuss how to improve access to employment for newcomers and how to build communities where immigrants and refugees participate fully in civic life.

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Friday, February 12
9 am to 4 pm
155 College Street, Suite 610, Toronto

Systems, policies, practices and their consequences presented by:
– Women’s College Hospital’s Network on Uninsured Clients
– Wellesley Institute
– Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
– York Institute for Health Research (YIHR), York University

This event is free but space is limited. Refreshment breaks and lunch will be provided.

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March 5-7, 2010
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St, Vancouver (Coast Salish Territory)
British Columbia, Canada

A conference which draws on faith traditions to present alternatives in the context of the global economic crisis.

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Social Planning Toronto & Toronto Open Budget Present: City Budget Process 101

Wednesday, February 3
6-9 PM
North York Memorial Community Hall,
5150 Yonge Street at North York Centre subway

Every year, Toronto City Council passes capital and operating budgets that identify priorities and guide the City’s spending for the year. How does it all work and how can we make it work better?

Join us for this informative and interactive workshop to:

– Learn how the City of Toronto budget process works
– Find out how you can get involved
– Share your ideas for how we can make the process more open and inclusive

Please register by going to:
or by calling Mary Micallef at (416) 351-0095 x251.




Canada’s finance ministers are doing Canadians a grave disservice by pretending that no real crisis exists within our failing pension system.

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18 Jan 10 — In February 2009, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) announced that it is proposing changes to the way blood donors are screened. CBS wants to eliminate nurses from initial donor screening and replace them with ‘multi-skilled workers’ (MSWs).

CBS wants nurses to be involved in donor screening only if MSWs or other staff request that nurses assess a client for eligibility. But MSWs will lack the necessary medical background to know which donors need a nursing assessment and which do not.

Nurses’ unions across Canada have already written to the minister of health, Leona Aglukkaq, asking her to reject the CBS’s request, and the media has taken notice.

Today, we’re broadening our efforts to protect Canada’s blood supply by asking everyone who is concerned to contact Minister Aglukkaq.

This morning the Canadian Federation of Nurses’ Unions (CFNU) launched The new website provides an easy to use, online ‘Take Action’ tool. Please take two minutes to send your message to Minister Aglukkaq today at:



Are you writing a paper on:
– Community organizing?
– Community development?
– Community planning?
– Community-based research?
– A related area?

COMM-ORG: The On-line Conference on Community Organizing is looking for papers to post on the COMM-ORG Papers page. All papers are posted on the COMM-ORG website and announced on its accompanying list-serve, which reaches over 1000 people across more than a dozen nations. We welcome discussion of all papers on the list-serve and encourage our members to also send comments directly to authors.

To submit a paper, contact the editor, Randy Stoecker, at Authors retain complete control over their work.

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by Julia Barnett & Carlo Fanelli, The Bullet

When word came that the 39-day strike by CUPE Locals 79 and 416 had come to an end, the immediate question on most members’ minds was “Did we win?” The information gap between rank and file members and the union executive was so large that many strikers were unaware of why exactly they were on strike in the first place and were dependent on media reports to find out where both sides stood during collective bargaining. Much of the information that picketing workers did receive was inconsistent, late or completely empty of any substantive information, leaving strikers frustrated and angry.

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Exploring the role of the Social Economy in a changing world
June 1, 2010

Research and shared perspectives on the Social Economy play an important role in informing the way we imagine social life in Canada as well as shaping the way in which the economy, individuals, and the environment will co-exist in the future. Since it is recognized that each individual embodies a unique perspective on the Social Economy and that it is a community of these diverse perspectives which dictates the manner in which Social Economy movement will move forward – we are pleased to create a space where students and those with interest in the Social Economy may share their perspectives.

This one-day Social Economy Student Network conference will be held at Concordia University in Montréal June 1st, 2010 (with a social event for presenters, organizers and attendees to follow). The Deadline for abstract submissions is March 1st, 2010.  We invite anybody who has had experience working with and researching various aspects of the Social Economy to submit an abstract.

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The second issue of New Voices, produced by the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto, includes photos and profiles articles written by internationally trained journalists living in Canada, all exploring themes such as employment equity, legislative change and opportunities for newcomers.

The publication also highlights an upcoming community forum entitled Refusing to settle for less: Newcomer policy recommendations to overcome poverty, which is taking place on Saturday, March 27, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

The forum will bring together newcomer communities, the community service sector, organized labour, business, and government. Please contact Adriana Salazar at or 416-699-4527 ext. 229 for registration or for more details.

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Studies in Social Justice
Vol 3, No 2 (2009): Special Issue: Work, Insecurity, and Social Justice
Table of Contents

Journal of Education and Work, Volume 23 Issue 1 2010
New partnerships for learning: meeting professional information needs
Pat Gannon-Leary; James Carr
Pages 65 – 77

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 2010;39 10-28
Neoliberal restructuring, activism/participation, and social unionism in the nonprofit social services
Donna Baines



The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

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Popular Education



The Fifth International Conference of the Popular Education Network (PEN) will take place at the University of Edinburgh, from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 April 2010, hosted by the Department of Higher and Community Education.  This conference builds on the success of previous PEN conferences held in Edinburgh (2000), Barcelona (2002), Braga (2004) and Maynooth (2007).

The Popular Education Network now has about 160 members in 60 institutions in 25 countries.  Membership of the network is free, and participation in PEN conferences is open to all who subscribe to the broad values and purposes of the network (see below).

The language of the conference will be English, but there will opportunities for informal translation as appropriate.  Non-English speakers are welcome to attend and participate fully.


The conference is not organised around any particular theme – although certain key concerns may well emerge.  For example:

  • The effects of globalisation on our work;
  • Sustaining political commitment and ideological coherence in hard times;
  • Developing alliances and strategic collaborations;
  • Radicalising research and making it ‘really useful’;
  • Contesting managerialism and the culture of the accountant;
  • Respecting diversity without abandoning solidarity;
  • Exploiting relative autonomy;
  • Working with progressive social movements;
  • Developing curriculum and pedagogy;
  • Using ICT in subversive and counter-hegemonic ways;
  • Engaging dialectically with the politics of policy;
  • Developing more democratic, creative and expressive ways of working.

The conference will be seminar/workshop-based, with the emphasis on discussion, dialogue and debate rather than simply the formal presentation of academic/research papers.  In this spirit of collegiality we invite participants to present academic papers, curriculum materials, or accounts of unfinished research in progress. Please respond by completing the return slip at the end of this message and emailing it back to us by 26th February 2010.  We would also welcome ideas or suggestions about anything in particular you would like to see in the conference programme – or you would wish to offer.

The conference is an opportunity for university-based teachers and researchers, and others involved in higher education, who share a common interest in popular education – many of whom work in considerable isolation in their own institutions – to meet, exchange ideas, learn from each other and enjoy some much needed solidarity and conviviality. 

We hope that PEN members far and wide will be interested in participating in this conference.  Please also feel free to pass on information about it to anyone else who might be interested in attending.  For further information about the network and previous conferences, see the attached paper [not included here: GR].  The conference is open to all who work in higher education and who are willing to subscribe in general terms to the Popular Education Network statement of intent:

Popular education is:

•       Rooted in the real interests and struggles of ordinary people

•       Overtly political and critical of the status quo

•       Committed to progressive social and political change in the interests of a fairer and more egalitarian society.

Popular education has the following characteristics:

•       Its curriculum comes out of the concrete experience and material interests of people in communities of resistance and struggle

•       Its pedagogy is collective, focused primarily on group as distinct from individual learning and development

•       It attempts to forge a direct connection between education and social change.

If you are interested in a fuller account of this particular view of popular education and its relation to higher education, see Crowther J, Galloway V and Martin I (eds) (2005) Popular Education: Engaging the Academy – International Perspectives Leicester, UK: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (ISBN 1 86201 209 1), which contains several chapters based on presentations at previous PEN conferences.


As in the past, the conference will be organised on a strictly non-commercial basis.  No one will make any money out of it!  Local costs will therefore be kept to an absolute minimum.  The conference fee is £50.  This covers room costs, paper work and food/refreshments while the conference is in session.  Details about booking accommodation will be sent to those who express interest in participating.  Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements.

We look forward to hearing from you – and to seeing you in Edinburgh this April!


This is to confirm that I would like to attend the Fourth International Conference of the Popular Education Network at the University of Edinburgh from 23 to 25 April 2010.





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If you would like to lead a seminar discussion, run a workshop or take responsibility for a session for any other purpose, please give brief details:

If you have any ideas/suggestions about what you would like to see in the conference programme, please make them here:

If you can speak a language in addition to English and could help with informal translation, please indicate language(s):

Special requirements (e.g., diet, mobility, access etc)


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Gerrard Winstanley


Keele University 5-6 February 2010

Speakers include Chris Rowland, Nigel Smith, John Gurney, Ariel Hessayon, Ann Hughes, Tom Corns.

The conference will discuss Winstanley as political thinker and activist, as radical theologian, and as prose stylist. It is held in connection with the publication for the first time of a complete edition of Winstanley’s writings, and marks the 400th anniversary of his birth.

Plenary lecture admission free (Friday); conference registration £25 to include lunch on Saturday.

Accommodation available.

For further details contact Ann Hughes:

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Gender and Education


Gender and Education Association Interim Conference 2010: Gender and Education. Diversity of Voices

8 – 9 April 2010,
Universitat de Barcelona
Edifici Històric de la Universitat de Barcelona, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585. 08007

Judith Butler

Capitolina Diaz

Lídia Puigvert

Myria Vassiliadou

Gaby Weiner

The conference will draw together outstanding international speakers and researchers as well as activists engaged in gender and education. We encourage submissions that address conceptual, methodological, and practical challenges and opportunities in research and practice, from a diversity of voices on gender and education. The aims of the conference are:

* To review the cutting edge feminist and gender theory research and learn current research trends

* To provide an environment for participants to dialog and share their concerns and claims on gender and education issues

* To create a learning space to network and strengthen collaborations

The Interim Conference 2010: Gender and Education. Diversity of Voices is organised by SAFO CREA Women’s group (CREA-UB is the Centre of research in Theories and Practices that overcome Inequalities at the University of Barcelona) with the support of the Gender and Education Association.

Our hope is that the submissions for the 2010 Interim Conference will stimulate new conversations and collaborations that broaden our understandings of gender and education, making it possible to use that knowledge to create learning opportunities for all.

Deadline for abstracts – 14th February
Information on the conference is posted on the website at:  

Email enquiries to:

Telephone: +34 93 403 50 99

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Dates: April  8- 9, 2010

Place: Edifici Històric de la Universitat de Barcelona, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585. 08007


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Karl Marx


Schedule of Events, Spring 2010

Admission to all Heyman Center events is free and open to the public.
Unless noted below, no registration necessary.
Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
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Discussant: SANJAY REDDY
“Marx or Keynes or…?”

Wednesday, 31 March   6:15pm
Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought 


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Unclaimed Seats will be released to the public at 6:05pm.

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Howard Zinn

HOWARD ZINN (1922-2010)
Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87
January 27, 2010 05:40 PM
By Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and a leading faculty critic of BU president John Silber, died of a heart attack today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling, his family said. He was 87.

“His writings have changed the consciousness of a generation, and helped open new paths to understanding and its crucial meaning for our lives,” Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, once wrote of Dr. Zinn. “When action has been called for, one could always be confident that he would be on the front lines, an example and trustworthy guide.”

For Dr. Zinn, activism was a natural extension of the revisionist brand of history he taught. Dr. Zinn’s best-known book, “A People’s History of the United States” (1980), had for its heroes not the Founding Fathers — many of them slaveholders and deeply attached to the status quo, as Dr. Zinn was quick to point out — but rather the farmers of Shays’ Rebellion and the union organizers of the 1930s.

As he wrote in his autobiography, “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train” (1994), “From the start, my teaching was infused with my own history. I would try to be fair to other points of view, but I wanted more than ‘objectivity’; I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble.”

Certainly, it was a recipe for rancor between Dr. Zinn and Silber. Dr. Zinn twice helped lead faculty votes to oust the BU president, who in turn once accused Dr. Zinn of arson (a charge he quickly retracted) and cited him as a prime example of teachers “who poison the well of academe.”

Dr. Zinn was a co-chairman of the strike committee when BU professors walked out in 1979. After the strike was settled, he and four colleagues were charged with violating their contract when they refused to cross a picket line of striking secretaries. The charges against “the BU Five” were soon dropped, however.

Dr. Zinn was born in New York City on Aug. 24, 1922, the son of Jewish immigrants, Edward Zinn, a waiter, and Jennie (Rabinowitz) Zinn, a housewife. He attended New York public schools and worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard before joining the Army Air Force during World War II. Serving as a bombardier in the Eighth Air Force, he won the Air Medal and attained the rank of second lieutenant.

After the war, Dr. Zinn worked at a series of menial jobs until entering New York University as a 27-year-old freshman on the GI Bill. Professor Zinn, who had married Roslyn Shechter in 1944, worked nights in a warehouse loading trucks to support his studies. He received his bachelor’s degree from NYU, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Columbia University.

Dr. Zinn was an instructor at Upsala College and lecturer at Brooklyn College before joining the faculty of Spelman College in Atlanta, in 1956. He served at the historically black women’s institution as chairman of the history department. Among his students were the novelist Alice Walker, who called him “the best teacher I ever had,” and Marian Wright Edelman, future head of the Children’s Defense Fund.

During this time, Dr. Zinn became active in the civil rights movement. He served on the executive committee of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the most aggressive civil rights organization of the time, and participated in numerous demonstrations.

Dr. Zinn became an associate professor of political science at BU in 1964 and was named full professor in 1966.

The focus of his activism now became the Vietnam War. Dr. Zinn spoke at countless rallies and teach-ins and drew national attention when he and another leading antiwar activist, Rev. Daniel Berrigan, went to Hanoi in 1968 to receive three prisoners released by the North Vietnamese.

Dr. Zinn’s involvement in the antiwar movement led to his publishing two books: “Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal” (1967) and “Disobedience and Democracy” (1968). He had previously published “LaGuardia in Congress” (1959), which had won the American Historical Association’s Albert J. Beveridge Prize; “SNCC: The New Abolitionists” (1964); “The 
Southern Mystique” (1964); and “New Deal Thought” (1966). Dr. Zinn was also the author of “The Politics of History” (1970); “Postwar America” (1973); “Justice in Everyday Life” (1974); and “Declarations of Independence” (1990).

In 1988, Dr. Zinn took early retirement so as to concentrate on speaking and writing. The latter activity included writing for the stage. Dr. Zinn had two plays produced: “Emma,” about the anarchist leader Emma Goldman, and “Daughter of Venus.”

Dr. Zinn, or his writing, made a cameo appearance in the 1997 film ‘‘Good Will Hunting.’’ The title characters, played by Matt Damon, lauds ‘‘A People’s History’’ and urges Robin Williams’s character to read it. Damon, who co-wrote the script, was a neighbor of the Zinns growing up.

Damon was later involved in a television version of the book, ‘‘The People Speak,’’ which ran on the History Channel in 2009. Damon was the narrator of a 2004 biographical documentary, ‘‘Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.’’

On his last day at BU, Dr. Zinn ended class 30 minutes early so he could join a picket line and urged the 500 students attending his lecture to come along. A hundred did so.

Dr. Zinn’s wife died in 2008. He leaves a daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn of Lexington; a son, Jeff of Wellfleet; three granddaugthers; and two grandsons.

Funeral plans were not available.

Zinn Education Project:

Retrospective: Interviw with Howard Zinn, in the ‘London Progressive Journal’: 

Henry Giroux reflects on the life and work of Howard Zinn in ‘Truthout’:

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Forwarded from PhaenEx

Dear All

PhaenEx has just published its latest Special Topics issue, “Rethinking 1968”, guest edited by Kevin W. Gray. It can be found at

We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest. Please feel free to share this link with other listserves and colleagues.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Vol 4, No 2 (2009)

Table of Contents


Editorial Introduction: Rethinking 1968 (i-ii)


May 1968, Sartre and Sarkozy (1-25)

Saving 1968: Thinking with Habermas against Habermas (26-44)

The May 1968 Archives: A Presentation of the Anti-Technocratic Struggle in May 1968 (45-59)

May ’68 and the One-Dimensional State (60-77)

The Frankfurt School’s Interest in Freud and the Impact of  Eros and Civilization  on the Student Protest Movement in Germany: A Brief History (78-96)

Les événements de Mai  as Theory and Practice (97-129)

Sartre’s Pure Critical Theory (130-175)


Notes on Contributors (176-177)

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A roundtable discussion for the launch of issue 2 of the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies

Faisal Devji, Saul Newman, Kevin McDonald & Nathan Coombs

February 25th 2010, 6PM, Goldsmiths College

The second issue of the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies will be launched with a special event at Goldsmiths College in London – a roundtable on ‘Transnational Militancy in the 21st Century’ based on a discussion conducted, and to be published in the forthcoming issue. The participants will be Faisal Devji (author: The Terrorist in Search of Humanity),Kevin McDonald (Global Movements: Action and Culture), Saul Newman (Politics Most Unusual: Violence, Sovereignty and Democracy in the War on Terror) & Nathan Coombs (editor-in-chief for issue 2 of the JCGS).

Amongst the themes explored will be: the relationship of transnational politics to the possibility of militancy; what/who is a militant subject? what are militant demands today (none, some, infinitely many?); and what developments might we see throughout the rest of the 21st century?

The event is free and unticketed. It is scheduled for 25th February 2010, 6-8PMat Goldsmiths College, room Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre (BPB LT).

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The phenomenon of Obama and the agenda for education: Can hope audaciously trump neoliberalism?

Under Contract with Information Age Publishing


Dr. Paul R. Carr: Educational Foundations, Beeghly College of Education, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, USA, 44555,

Dr. Brad J. Porfilio: Educational Leadership, School of Education, Lewis University, Chicago, IL, USA,

Paul R. Carr is originally from Toronto, and now resides in Montreal. He studied for two years in France in the early 1980s, and then undertook the rest of his university studies in Canada in the areas of political science, sociology and education. He completed his doctorate in the sociology of education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 1996, with his thesis examining anti-racism and institutional culture in education. For the past few years, he has been a professor at Youngstown State University, where he teaches courses in multicultural education, the sociology of education, diversity and leadership, and qualitative methodology. His current research is broadly concerned with social justice, with specific threads related to critical pedagogy, democracy, media literacy, and intercultural education. In 2007, he co-edited The Great White North? Exploring Whiteness, Privilege and Identity in Education ( Rotterdam : Sense Publishers), and, in 2008, co-edited another book, entitled Doing Democracy: Striving for Political Literacy and Social Justice ( New York : Peter Lang). He is currently finalizing two other edited books dealing with intercultural education and youth culture, respectively, as well as a single-author book on critical pedagogy and democracy. Paul is the co-founder and co-director of the Global Doing Democracy Research Project, which aims to produce a range of studies on the international level, leading to critical, comparative analysis of how democracy and education can be more effectively connected. He has a blog on the Paulo and Nita Freire International Center for Critical Pedagogy on the theme of democracy. Lastly, he has been involved in a range of projects and initiatives in relation to solidarity with Latin America. His website is:

Dr. Brad J. Porfilio is Assistant Professor of Education at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. He teaches courses on critical pedagogy, qualitative research, globalization and education, multicultural education, foundations of education, and curriculum theory in the Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning Doctoral Program. The Educational Leadership Program at Lewis University is unique in its critical and transformative focus where students are prepared to become transformative educational leaders who are deeply discerning, knowledgeable and approach the educational system as a potential avenue for challenging and transforming the status quo. Dr. Porfilio received his PhD in Sociology of Education in 2005 at the University at Buffalo. During his doctoral studies, he served as an Assistant Professor of Education at Medaille College and D’Youville College, where he taught courses across the teacher education spectrum and supervised pre-service and in-service teachers from Canada and the US. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, edited volumes, and conference papers on the topics of urban education, critical social studies education, neoliberalism and schooling, transformative education, teacher education, gender and technology, and cultural studies.

Premise for the book:

Obama is, arguably, popular at home and (especially) abroad, especially among people of “color”. Expectations are high that he will transform the United States. His style, message and presence are extremely attractive, especially following eight years of problematic leadership in the White House.

Why is Obama popular? Does he provide hope, as he eloquently argued throughout the electoral campaign? Can he change society when the two-party system, combined with an overpowering neoliberal economic model, is infused into the cultural and political landscape of society? Will he challenge the military-industrial model, scaling back the 750 US military bases in a hundred countries and untold billions being spent on military purposes? Will he dismantle monopolistic, undemocratic business practices that supposedly underpin the marketplace? How will he promote meaningful critical engagement and change in relation to race, discrimination, marginalization and differential power relations?

The above questions are fundamental to framing a debate around what type of hope and change we are considering. To undertake an analysis of what this means in real terms of change, we are seeking progressive scholars to interrogate Obama’s education vision, agenda and policies, and, further, to assess how well the education agenda might address the broader call for change. While this is early in Obama’s first term, we consider education to be the lynchpin to promoting a paradigm of engagement that advances social justice while contextualizing neoliberalism. We have found only one book that addresses the Obama agenda but this work is not a critical diagnosis of the issues.

Globalization is not simply a concept that leads to prosperity for all, and continuing to consider education as a consumer-good, rather than a public good, can serve to reinforce social inequities. Moreover, the antipathy that many people around the world exemplify toward Americans, often focused on US foreign policy, will not be diminished if Americans themselves are not more engaged with “others”. Education is the key to critically understanding and challenging war, patriotism, inequities, injustices, and building a more robust, dynamic and meaningful democracy.

The challenges in education are enormous, given the effect of several years of No Child Left Behind. Obama’s early indications at changing education policy have left some believing that the substance is much more conservative than the style. Support for charter schools and merit pay for teachers have left some wondering if the US will further slide into decay internationally, where it traditionally does poorly on comparative assessments. Renowned cultural studies scholar Henry Giroux has commented that Obama’s plans for education will serve to further disenfranchise marginalized groups.

We are interested in examining the state of public education under Obama, and how education may or may not be used as a lever to transform society, to effectively build the socio-cultural and political architecture that can buttress a diminution of racial, ethnic, religious, gender and class cleavages. Thus, understanding and interrogating neoliberalism will be an integral focus of this book, seeking to determine if the change espoused from above (the Obama government) can find its way into the classroom, the community and workplace.

Our conceptual framework is inspired by the burgeoning critical pedagogical movement (Freire, Giroux, Kincheloe, Macedo, McLaren, Steinberg). As Freire has underscored, education is a political project, and our analysis will critically dissect and unravel the policy, curricular, pedagogical and socio-political contextual variables, manifestations and proposals framing the Obama educational agenda.

With trillions of dollars being spent on bailouts of banks, insurance companies and car manufacturers, in addition to the endless stream of funds being allocated for war, little attention has been paid to the importance of education. Yet, education is where society can be transformed or re-produced.

This book will not only provide a detailed, critical analysis of the Obama education agenda. It will also provide proposals and insight into an alternative vision for education, one that takes into consideration neoliberalism, and seeks to neutralize it through critical pedagogy.


 This volume will be a valuable resource to instructors who teach in the fields of teacher education, social studies, educational leadership, social work, social, cultural and philosophical foundations of education, sociology, political science, and global studies as well as their students. It may also be of interest to researchers, scholars, and the broader education public as well as mainstream and media sources.


1)      Proposals due by March 1, 2010;

2)      Confirmation of selected chapters by April 1, 2010;

3)      Contributors will have their first drafts completed by June 15, 2010.

4)      The editors will review these first drafts, and provide authors detailed comments and suggestions by July 15, 2010.

5)      The contributors will make all of the necessary edits, and send the final chapters to the editors by September 1, 2010.

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Georg Lukacs


Marx and Philosophy Society

Symposium on Georg Lukács’s ‘Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat’

2-6pm, Saturday February 6, 2010, at the London Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street, London WC1


Gordon Finlayson
Tim Hall
Michalis Skomvoulis

Gordon Finlayson is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex and is the author of many books and articles on the Frankfurt School.

Tim Hall is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of East London. His article ‘Reification, Materialism & Praxis: Adorno’s critique of Lukács’ is forthcoming in Telos (2010) and he is the co-editor of The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence: New Essays on the Social, Political and Aesthetic Theory of Georg Lukács (New York, Continuum: 2010).

Michalis Skomvoulis is a PhD student at the University of Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne and has written extensively on Lukacs.

The English translation of Lukács’s essay is available at:

Attendance is free and open to all. To register e-mail Meade McCloughan:

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