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HOW CLASS WORKS 2012

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
A Conference at SUNY Stony Brook June 7-9, 2012

The Center for Study of Working Class Life is pleased to announce the How Class Works – 2012Conference, to be held at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, June 7-9, 2012. Proposals for papers, presentations, and sessions are welcome until December 12, 2011 according to the guidelines below.

For more information, visit our Web site at: http://www.workingclass.sunysb.edu  

Purpose and orientation: The conference seeks to explore ways in which an explicit recognition of class helps to understand the social world in which we live, and ways in which analysis of society can deepen our understanding of class as a social relationship. Presentations should take as their point of reference the lived experience of class; proposed theoretical contributions should be rooted in and illuminate social realities. Presentations are welcome from people outside academic life when they sum up social experience in a way that contributes to the themes of the conference. Formal papers will be welcome but are not required. All presentations should be accessible to an interdisciplinary audience.

Conference themes: The conference welcomes proposals for presentations that advance our understanding of any of the following themes:

* The mosaic of class, race, and gender. To explore how class shapes racial, gender, and ethnic experience and how different racial, gender, and ethnic experiences within various classes shape the meaning of class.
* Class, power, and social structure. To explore the social content of working, middle, and capitalist classes in terms of various aspects of power; to explore ways in which class and structures of power interact, at the workplace and in the broader society.
* Class and community. To explore ways in which class operates outside the workplace in the communities where people of various classes live.
* Class in a global economy. To explore how class identity and class dynamics are influenced by globalization, including experience of cross-border organizing, capitalist class dynamics, international labor standards.
* Middle class? Working class? What’s the difference and why does it matter? To explore the claim that the U.S. is a middle class society and contrast it with the notion that the working class is the majority; to explore the relationships between the middle class and the working class, and between the middle class and the capitalist class.
* Class, public policy, and electoral politics. To explore how class affects public policy, with special attention to health care, the criminal justice system, labor law, poverty, tax and other economic policy, housing, and education; to explore the place of electoral politics in the arrangement of class forces on policy matters.
* Class and culture: To explore ways in which culture transmits and transforms class dynamics.
* Pedagogy of class. To explore techniques and materials useful for teaching about class, at K-12 levels, in college and university courses, and in labor studies and adult education courses.

How to submit proposals for How Class Works – 2012 Conference

Proposals for presentations must include the following information: a) title; b) which of the eight conference themes will be addressed; c) a maximum 250 word summary of the main points, methodology, and slice of experience that will be summed up; d) relevant personal information indicating institutional affiliation (if any) and what training or experience the presenter brings to the proposal; e) presenter’s name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address. A person may present in at most two conference sessions. To allow time for discussion, sessions will be limited to three twenty-minute or four fifteen-minute principal presentations. Sessions will not include official discussants. Proposals for poster sessions are welcome. Presentations may be assigned to a poster session. Proposals for sessions are welcome. A single session proposal must include proposal information for all presentations expected to be part of it, as detailed above, with some indication of willingness to participate from each proposed session member. Submit proposals as an e-mail attachment to michael.zweig@stonybrook.edu or as hard copy by mail to the How Class Works – 2012 Conference, Center for Study of Working Class Life, Department of Economics, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384.

Timetable: Proposals must be received by December 12, 2011. After review by the program committee, notifications will be mailed on January 17, 2012. The conference will be at SUNY Stony Brook June 7-9, 2012. Conference registration and housing reservations will be possible after February 20, 2012. Details and updates will be posted at http://www.workingclass.sunysb.edu  

Conference coordinator:
Michael Zweig
Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life
Department of Economics
State University of New York Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384
631.632.7536
michael.zweig@stonybrook.edu  

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon

AISHE CONFERENCE 2011

ALL IRELAND SOCIETY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION (AISHE)

THE CHALLENGE FOR GRADUATES IN A CHANGED WORLD

Dear Colleagues

In response to a number of requests, we are extending the deadline for submissions of Abstracts. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 13th April 2011.

The conference home page is here: http://ocs.aishe.org/index.php/international/2011

It is your research, expertise and practice, shared through the conference, that makes the AISHE conference a really valuable experience for everyone who participates so please submit your abstracts. Submission of abstracts is exclusively through the online Conference System. To submit your abstract, click on the following link: http://ocs.aishe.org/index.php/international/2011/schedConf/cfp

Past Conferences:

http://ocs.sfu.ca/aishe/index.php/international/2009/schedConf/cfp http://ocs.aishe.org/index.php/international/2010/schedConf/cfp

Notification of abstract acceptance is due by 6th May 2011. Thank you to those of you who have already submitted abstracts.

Registration is currently open. To register for the conference please click on the following link – http://ocs.aishe.org/index.php/international/2011/schedConf/registration

Do please forward this reminder to any colleagues, organisations, mailing lists etc. that may be interested in the conference. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact our AISHE Administrator, Linda King: linda.king@aishe.org

Kind regards**

*Saranne Magennis,** AISHE President.*
Saranne Magennis,
Director,
Higher Education Policy Unit,
Humanity House,
NUI Maynooth,
Co Kildare.
Ireland

Linda King
AISHE Administrator
NUI Maynooth
Maynooth
Co. Kildare
linda.king@aishe.org
Office 00 353 (0) 1 708 6578
Mob 00 353 (0) 87 2258174

AISHE-C 2011: The Challenge for Graduates in a Changed World

Dublin City University

August 25, 2011 – August 26, 2011

AISHE-C 2011, the seventh international conference of the All Ireland Society for Higher Education, will take place in Dublin City University on 25th & 26th August 2011.

The overall theme of the conference is The Challenge for Graduates in a Changed World. Within this, specific topics will include:

Graduates for a Digital Age

Students as Researchers

The Student Citizen: Learning Through Work & Community Engagement

Interdisciplinarity in Learning & Teaching

Global Issues in Learning & Teaching

Discipline Based Pedagogies

The conference showcases the best of scholarship within the island of Ireland, and also warmly welcomes international participants who can share wider experience and perspectives

Keynote Speakers:

Tom Collins, President of NUI Maynooth

Lee Harvey, Copenhagen Business School

Glynis Cousin, University of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, UK

Diary Dates:

10th January 2011: Call for Papers (Abstract Submission) Opened

25th February 2011: Registration Opens.

25th March 2011: Deadline for submissions

6th May 2011: Notification of Acceptance

25-26th August 2011: AISHE Conference dates.

Conference Fees:

AISHE Conference 2011 Standard rate, includes full conference, 1 year’s AISHE Membership and Conference dinner: €200

AISHE Conference 2011 Existing Member Discount, includes full conference, 1 year’s AISHE Membership and conference dinner: €180

Concessions (Registered Student, Retired AISHE Member) includes full conference, 1 year’s AISHE Membership and conference dinner: €100

One day attendance, includes one day conference attendance, 1 year’s AISHE Membership. (Conference dinner €40 extra if required): €100

Guest includes conference dinner only: €40

Personal Assistant to participant with disability (includes full conference and conference dinner): €0.00

Location:

The conference will be taking place in the School of Nursing at DCU, directly beside the main campus entrance on Collins Avenue:

How to get to DCU

Map of DCU Campus

Venue and Accommodation

If you require overnight accommodation for the conference, please see the list of accommodation near DCU.

Conference Information:

» Overview

» Call for Papers (December 12, 2010 – April 13, 2011)

» Proposal Submission

» Track Policies

» Presentations and Authors

» Conference Schedule

» Registration

» Accommodation

» Organizers and Partners

» Timeline

The AISHE International conference (AISHE-C) is the premier venue in Ireland for presenting research and practice in teaching and learning in higher education. The conference is held annually, usually at the end of August/start of September. The venue varies across the island of Ireland.

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Big Society

DEVELOPMENTS IN CONTEMPORARY CITIZENSHIP

CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH GROUP
KING’S COLLEGE LONDON
CALL FOR PAPERS
DEADLINE: MAY 2nd 2011

The European Studies Postgraduate Research Group at King’s College London is pleased to announce a call for papers for their forthcoming research seminar, Developments in Contemporary Citizenship.

The institution of citizenship is undergoing a period of intense scrutiny in academia and political practice. The widening and deepening of the European Union, the social inclusion of migrant populations and the economic inequalities emphasised by the repercussions of the financial crisis are just a few examples of processes which today urge a renewed assessment of citizenship as a normative ideal and a political project.

The seminar is free and open to all. We hope to engage a range of speakers from interdisciplinary backgrounds in debate over theoretical conceptualizations of citizenship (Panel One) as well as case studies of the forms of and provisions for modes of citizenship in dynamically changing societies (Panel Two). The discussions will be chaired by Dr Stathis Kouvelakis and Dr Nagore Calvo of King’s College London. 

Key areas include (but are not limited to):
– The theoretical and social relevance of the concept of citizenship
– Citizenship, nationhood and the State
– Citizenship as inclusion: immigration, race, ethnicity
– Citizenship beyond national borders: the European Union and global rights
– Crisis, recession and economic rights
– Inclusion and exclusion on the local level: citizenship ‘from below’?

We aim to create a space for open discussion and critical development of original work. Papers should be of around 15 minutes’ duration, followed by discussion from the audience. Academics, researchers and postgraduate students are encouraged to send abstracts of no more than 250 words proposing articles, working papers, discussion pieces on theoretical debates or empirical case studies that can offer a new perspective to the debate.

Date: 10th June 2011
Place: King’s College London, Waterloo Campus

Abstracts should be sent to Simon McMahon at simon.mcmahon@kcl.ac.uk by Monday 2nd May at the latest. Speakers will be contacted during the following week.

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World Crisis

SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK: ‘THE SITUATION IS CATASTROPHIC, BUT NOT SERIOUS’

Co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics

Launch of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change

A talk by Slavoj Žižek: “The Situation Is Catastrophic, but Not Serious”

April 4 / Proshansky Auditorium / 6:30 p.m. 
CUNY GRADUATE CENTER/ 365 FIFTH AVENUE (AT 34TH STREET), NEW YORK CITY

Free, reservations required.

For more information, call 212-817-8215.

Slavoj Žižek is “the world’s hippest philosopher,” according to the British newspaper The Telegraph. He “can spin you from Heidegger to Hershey bars (by way of Hitchcock and Hizbollah).” Žižek is a “master of the counterintuitive observation,” according to The New Yorker.

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Zizek

 

The Island

ONTOLOGY AND POLITICS

 

MANCHESTER WORKSHOPS IN POLITICAL THEORY 2011: August 31st – September 2nd 2011

Call for Papers: Ontology and Politics Workshop

Convenors: Paul Rekret (Queen Mary), Simon Choat (Kingston), Clayton Chin (Queen Mary)

Despite its pervasiveness, the question of the relation between ontology and politics continues to be a crucial one for Continental philosophy.  While the place and status of the question of being in the realm of the political has occupied much of social theory in the past twenty or thirty years, we remain no closer to drawing any common ground on these themes.

Post-structuralist or post-foundational political thought has insisted on the inherent contingency of any political ontology and has, from this notion, sought to draw out a framework for an emancipatory politics grounded in the concepts of difference and otherness. However, such a stance finds itself increasingly challenged today. On the one hand, thinkers such as Alain Badiou and Jacques Ranciere call for the need to think a politics grounded in a conception of universality rather than alterity, while on the other hand, so-called speculative realism more fundamentally challenges the very notion of ontology as it has been conceived by the majority of Continental thinkers in recent decades.  This panel aims to explore the intersections of politics and ontology and the resulting implications for thinking both the political and the philosophical.

We invite papers addressing the following and any other related themes:
-Is there a place for reflection on ontology in the theorisation and study of politics?
-Is there a necessary transitivity between the ontological and the political?  How should this relation be conceived?
-Is there a necessarily leftist or emancipatory ontology?
-Should the politics which has generally been thought to follow from post-foundational or post-structuralist ontologies be re-evaluated in light of recent critiques?
-Does a new and different relation between ontology and politics follow from recent speculative materialist ontologies?

If you would like to present a paper at this workshop, please submit an abstract of 300-500 words (or a full paper) to p.rekret@qmul.ac.uk or S.Choat@kingston.ac.uk by 15 June 2011.

For more information on the conference see: http://manceptworkshops.wordpress.com/

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