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What lies in the shadow of the statue?


One Day Workshop: Thursday 22nd July 2010

Institute of Advanced Studies, Lancaster University,
Room A010, 9.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.


Conor Gearty, Law, LSE;

Bob Jessop, Sociology, Lancaster;

Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS;

Martin Loughlin Law, LSE.


Christos Boukalas, Politics, Lancaster

Michael Dillon, Politics, Lancaster

Michael Kratke, Sociology, Lancaster

Mark Lacey, Politics, Lancaster

Christopher May, Politics, Lancaster

David Seymour, Law, Lancaster

David Sugarman, Law, Lancaster

The Centre of Law and Society at Lancaster University has organised a one-day Workshop on the subject of the ‘state of exception’ from researchers and scholars across the spectrum of the human sciences, lawyers, activists, and NGO’s.

The response of western states to the attacks on the World Trade Centre in late 2001 led to major shifts in state organisation and operating modes and in social practices and perceptions. It thus significantly affects the nexus of socio-political relations, as expressed in such spheres as law, political action, economy, popular ideology and culture, war, policing, work, international relations, and ultimately, the texture of everyday life.

Academic reflection on these developments seems, whatever its entry point or primary area of concern, to converge on the conclusion that we are dealing with some kind of “state of emergency”: whether as a derailment from the rule of law, unilateralism in international affairs, recurrence of a Schmittian ‘Political’ informing state power – and so on. It can be argued that the concept “state of emergency” not only re-appears, but claims predominance within social science in the early 21st century. Significantly, it seems to be the social-science concept that most resonates in society, as it is used by a variety of actors, in a variety of contexts.

In any case, the specific post-9/11 version of counterterrorism policy has by now developed and acquired its own history. Democrat dominance in the US political stage may imply that further changes lie ahead, while the ‘emergency’ mode of power seems to be migrating (again?) from security to economic policy.

Given its centrality in social theory, the importance of its referents, the range of areas in which it is now employed, the polyvalence of the term, and the indeterminacy characterising the present conjuncture, it is time to (re)assess the character of state power and its effects on the practices and meanings of early 21st century social life. To this end, it would be good to start by assessing the concept that has been the analytical lynchpin for current developments.

Accordingly, the Centre of Law and Society is organising a one-day Workshop on the “state of exception”.

The Workshop will bring together academics, lawyers, activists and NGO staff in an attempt to clarify the term’s meaning and connotations and to investigate its relevance and adequacy as a conceptual and analytical framework for contemporary socio-political phenomena.

For further information and registration, please contact:
Dr. Christos Boukalas,
Department of Politics and International Relations,
Lancaster University,
Lancaster LA1 4YD,
United Kingdom.

Christos Boukalas (Politics, Lancaster University) and
David Sugarman (Law, Lancaster University)

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What lies in the shadow of the statue?



Call for Papers

Décalages, A Journal of Althusser Studies, is planning a special issue on Althusser and Political Theory. We accept articles in English, Spanish, Italian and French. For information concerning submitting an article, please go to our website:

The deadline for submission is October 1, 2010.

Décalages, a Journal of Althusser Studies, proyecta publicar un número especial en torno al tema “Althusser y la teoría política”. Décalages es una revista plurilingüe que acepta colaboraciones en español, francés, inglés e italiano. En nuestra pagina web,, se encuentra toda la información necesaria para la presentación de originales. El plazo de recepción termina el 1 de octubre de 2010.

Décalages, A Journal of Althusser Studies, prépare la publication d’un numéro spécial sur “Althusser et la théorie politique”. On admet des articles en français, espagnol, italien et anglais. Dans la page web on trouvera l’information nécessaire pour l’envoi des textes. On peut présenter des contributions jusqu’ au 1 d’octobre de 2010.

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We announce a conference to be held June 17-18, 2011 at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam (NL). The conference will explore the transnational dimensions of mutiny and maritime radicalism during the great cycle of war and revolution beginning in the mid-1750s, progressing through the eras of the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions, into the period of the South American Wars for Liberation, and concluding with the revolutionary movements of the 1830s-40s.

Our central theme will be mutiny – its causes, frequency, forms, patterns, and outcomes – as we chart, link, and compare maritime insurrections in the Atlantic and beyond, on warships, merchant and fishing vessels, on privateers, slavers, convict ships, troop transports, hulks, galleys, and other vessels plying their trade on the seas.  We will also concentrate on the mutineers themselves: their individual and collective biographies, social composition, self-organization, objectives, and ideas.

We also include unrest in port cities, sites of international exchange between maritime and landed forms of resistance.  Sailors did not live only on ships.  They spent significant amounts of time in port, sometimes connecting shipboard unrest and radical movements on land in personal, political, and social ways.

Our aim is to rediscover the age of revolution in its full geographic extent, and though our central focus will be on the Atlantic with its wars and revolutions, we take an expansive and flexible view of its limits, hoping for contributions on other maritime regions such as the Baltic, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Black Seas, or the Indian, South Pacific, Arctic, and Antarctic Oceans, excluding none.

Questions covered in the papers might include:

1.  What was the chronology and geography of mutiny (broadly defined) in the age of revolution?
2.  What kinds of ships were involved and how many?
3.  What were the social profiles of the mutineers?
4.  How were the crews initially raised/mobilized?  How were they remunerated?
5.  What was the social composition of mutinous crews?
6.  What was the nature of self-organization among mutinous crews?
7.  What were the political dimensions of mutinies?  What were their demands?
8.  What were the connections of mutinies to other ships and fleets, to landed society, and to other social movements?

We expect the conference to result in an edited volume published by a major international press.

Proposals should include a title, 250 word abstract, and short CV.  
Please submit materials by email attachment to by September 1, 2010.

The Mutiny Conference Advisory Committee

Claire Anderson (Warwick University)
Emma Christopher (University of Sydney)  
Niklas Frykman (Claremont McKenna College)
Lex Heerma van Voss (International Institute of Social History)  
Marcus Rediker (University of Pittsburgh)

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Volume 9 Number 2, 2010   ISSN 1474-9041


Stephen J. Ball. New Voices, New Knowledges and the New Politics of Education Research: the gathering of a perfect storm?

Roland Reichenbach. Two Solitudes: educational research and the pedagogical realm

Herbert Altrichter. Theory and Evidence on Governance: conceptual and empirical strategies of research on governance in education

AGENCY IN A CHANGING EDUCATIONAL CONTEXT: Negotiations, Collective Actions and Resistance

Anne-Lise Arnesen, Elina Lahelma, Lisbeth Lundahl & Elisabet Öhrn. Introduction. Agency in a Changing Educational Context: negotiations, collective actions and resistance


Kari Berg. Negotiating Identity: conflicts between the agency of the student and the official diagnosis of social workers and teachers

Jukka Lehtonen. Gendered Post-Compulsory Educational Choices of Non-Heterosexual Youth

Joakim Lindgren & Lisbeth Lundahl. Mobilities of Youth: social and spatial trajectories in a segregated Sweden


Maria Rönnlund. Student Participation in Activities with Influential Outcomes: issues of gender, individuality and collective thinking in Swedish secondary schools

Ulpukka Isopahkala-Bouret. Vocational Teachers between Educational Institutions and Workplaces

Marianne Dovemark. Teachers’ Collective Actions, Alliances and Resistance within Neo-liberal Ideas of Education: the example of the Individual Programme

Carina Hjelmér, Sirpa Lappalainen & Per-Åke Rosvall. Time, Space and Young People’s Agency in Vocational Upper Secondary Education: a cross-cultural perspective


Ann-Sofie Holm. Gender Pattern and Student Agency: secondary school students’ perceptions over time

Katariina Hakala. Discourses on Inclusion, Citizenship and Categorizations of ‘Special’ in Education Policy: the case of negotiating change in the governing of vocational special needs education in Finland

Tove Steen-Olsen & Astrid Grude Eikseth. The Power of Time: teachers’ working day – negotiating autonomy and control


Jörg Dinkelaker. Learning in the Knowledge Society and the Issue of Fundamental Change in Education: a comparative review

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Raya Dunayevskaya



JUNE 10, 2010


Peter Hudis, co-editor of the Rosa Luxemburg Reader, “Today’s Global Financial/Economic Crisis and the Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg”

Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins, “From the Grundrisse to Capital, Multilinear Themes”

David Black, author of Helen Macfarlane, “Why Philosophy? Why Now? On the Revolutionary Legacies of Raya Dunayevskaya, CLR James, and Anton Pannekoek”

Eli Messinger, radical psychiatrist, “Review Essay: Michael Löwy’s The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx”

Statement of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, “We Are All Palestinians Now”

Ba Karang, writer for Africa Links, “Africom and the USA’s Hidden Battle Front in Africa”

Kamran Afary, author of Performance and Activism, and Kevin Anderson, “Behind the 2009 Upheaval in Iran”

Batay Ouvriye (Haiti), “Behind the January 12, 2010 Haiti Earthquake”

Peter Hudis and Kevin Anderson, interview with Simon Birnbaum for iz3w, “The Obama Effect Undermines the Left” (in German and English)

Dale Parsons, labor activist, “A Deeper Look at the Massey Coal Mine Deaths”

Statement of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, “Support the People of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Face of Imperialist War and Fundamentalist Retrogression”

Yasmin Nair, LGBT activist, “What’s Left of Queer?: Immigration, Sexuality, and Affect in a Neoliberal World”


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Education Crisis


Day of action on Monday

This Monday 21st June has been declared a day of action for education by a coalition of education unions, with protests organized at colleges and universities across the country.  A full list of these protests is available at

In London there are a number of rallies and protests, mostly at around noon, but some in particular deserve support.

At University of the Arts, UCU members will be on strike on the day with picket lines at 272 High Holborn, Central St Martins, Chelsea School of Art and Design and London College of Communications as well as a rally at 12.30pm at Chelsea College of Art.  At Westminster University where UCU members face up to 50 percent pay docking for taking action short of a strike over job losses there is a rally at 12pm at the Regent Street site (309 Regent Street).

3pm, London South Bank University

At LSBU where management are breaking from national bargaining, the joint trade union action group has called a protest at 3pm and is asking other colleges and universities to join them.  Many universities and colleges holding rallies at 12noon or 1pm, and should aim to send support to South Bank afterwards.  Student campaign groups from Middlesex University and King’s College London will be coming, and we call on students and education workers from across London to join them.

Education Activist Network National Autumn Conference

31st December – save the date

In the new academic year we will be holding a conference to build our resistance to David Willetts’ cuts and “reforms”.  After the success of our February teach-in we have high hopes.  More details of speakers and participants will follow soon, but activists should save the date and aim to win support from their union branch or campaign group.

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