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Education Crisis



The Quad, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE

The protests, walkouts and occupations of last term were just the first chapter in a much longer struggle for the right to education and against Con Dem austerity. In 2011 as university managements gear up to implement massive fees increases and students and staff are faced with vicious attacks on courses, jobs and our education we will need to go further. The first National Assembly for Education is open to students, staff and all supporters of our movement: let’s get together and discuss the future of education and how we fight for it.

The assembly will include: planning and co-ordinating future actions. Break out sessions for university students * school and college students * education workers. Opening plenary with activist Jody McIntyre, Mohamed Bani (eye witness to Tunisian revolution), and occupiers from round the country.

Called by university occupations, including: King’s College London, LSE, Sheffield, Manchester, UWE and UEL

Supported by Education Activist Network, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, London Student Assembly


10.30 11am – Registration

11am -12noon Opening Session

Short introductions followed by discussion and debate with:

* Jody McIntyre activist
* Ben Beech UCL occupation
* Ruby Hirsch Le Swap school
* Mohamed Bani- eye witness to Tunisian revolution
* Jim Wolfreys UCU NEC, Kings College

12noon-2pm: Break Outs

* Higher Education students * organising the occupation movement * building support for the education strike and shut down of education

* School and College Students * organising at school and college * building a walk out * supporting strike action

* Education workers

* Supporters

2-2.30pm Lunch Break

2.30-4pm Report backs from break outs and discussion of future actions

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Capitalist Crisis




March for Education, Fight Every Cut

Assemble 12noon ULU, Malet St. March to Parliament



March for A future that Works

Assemble 10:30am Manchester Museum. March to Platt Fields Park:


WHY THE 29th

Just months into office the Coalition government’s vicious attack on education and young people has faced mass opposition on the streets. Hundreds of thousands of students have protested, walked-out of their schools and colleges, or occupied their universities.

The vote to treble tuition fees and scrap EMA might have passed through parliament, but as the movement in France has shown “what parliament votes for the streets can undo” Our movement has generated mass support up and down the country and has shown it is possible to resist the coalitions vicious attacks.

This week’s protests to save EMA saw the return of the student movement onto the streets with hundreds of London students chanting outside parliament: ‘wipe off David Cameron’s smile, let’s all go Tunisian style’.

Now we are gearing up for two very important demonstrations on 29th January in London and Manchester. The “Unite for Education” London demonstration has been supported by UCU, PCS, GMB, UNISON HE Committee and CWU Gen Sec Billy Hayes. The “Future for All” Manchester demonstration has been called by NUS, UCU and the TUC and is supported by PCS, GMB, UNITE, NUT, FBU and PCS.

The attacks on education and young people are part of a wider assault on workers and the public sector. A record one million under 25s are now unemployed and hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs, as well as pensions and benefits, are under threat.

These demonstrations present a real opportunity to bring trade unionists, parents, the unemployed, pensioners and all those under attack in behind the student movement to build a movement that can stop fees, win back EMA and defeat the government.

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The Nottingham Critical Pedagogies Group is a fluid network of academics, education workers and students interested in discussing the potentials for (and problems with) taking a critical pedagogical  approach to higher education in the UK.

To that end we organise reading groups and workshops; discuss critical pedagogy with current students; invite visiting speakers and run this blog.

Membership is informal and members may commit as much or as little time to the project as they wish.

We have close ties with the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice and have received funding for the Centre for Integrative Learning.

If you would like to be kept informed of our activities, please email Heather Watkins on and ask to join our mailing list.

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Rethinking the Modern: Colonialism, Empire, and Slavery
11-12 July, 2011, Birmingham Midland Institute

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 25th February 2011.
See website for abstract submission details.

For more information on the conference, details on the streams, and contact details for stream co-ordinators see:

For general queries, email Gurminder K Bhambra ( or Lucy Mayblin (

In recent times, a number of academics and commentators have sought to offer a revisionist history of colonialism. This history presents colonialism as either something that was not as bad as some others make out, something that actually made the modern world and so was essentially a good thing from which the current search for a new global order should have much to learn; or as something to be understood simply in terms of networks of circulation and distribution. The sense of colonialism as a wretched episode of human history that continues to distort the life chances of those unfortunate enough to live under its legacies is slowly being eroded. Similar attempted revisions seek to alter public understandings of modern transatlantic slavery and its continuing legacies. We believe that the historical processes of imperialism, colonialism and slavery shaped, and continue to shape, our common world in ways which have been and continue to be problematic. This conference seeks to confront head-on these new revisionist histories and provide the space for a more adequate understanding of these processes and their legacies as they continue into today. The key questions and topic that this conference seeks to address include the following:

*   In what ways do the standard forms of knowledge production in the academy undermine the lived thought and experience of the colonized and their descendents and, by extension, impoverish our understandings of the human condition?
*   Can there be a ‘global history’ outside of a history of colonialism, imperialism, and slavery?
*   How are minorities identified, constructed, and governed within modernity and colonialism?
*   How do we address the current fashion for regarding colonialism as simply a network of practices?
*   To what extent is the rehabilitation of (old) empire associated with the legitimisation of new forms of imperialism?
There will be 12 key streams in the conference and abstracts should be submitted under these

  • Imperial Enlightenment and Critical Thought
  • Coloniality / Modernity
  • The Place of Minorities in Modernity and Coloniality
  • Recovering Forgotten Histories
  • Decolonial Thought and Other Philosophies
  • Slavery and its Legacies
  • Migration and Empire: Voluntary and Forced
  • Colonial Desires and Eastern Empires
  • Is Global History / Sociology Possible?
  • From Empire to Neo-Imperialism
  • Reassessing Anti-Colonial and Liberation Movements
  • The Colonial Context of the European Integration Project, Past and Present


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