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Education Crisis

OUT OF THE RUINS: THE UNIVERSITY TO COME

Call for Papers

TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 28, Fall 2012

This special issue of TOPIA seeks contributions (articles, offerings, review essays and book reviews) that reflect on the contemporary university and its discontents. Fifteen years after the publication of Bill Readings’ seminal book The University in Ruins and in the wake of the UK government’s new austerity budget, Nick Couldry and Angela McRobbie proclaim the death of the English university. InItaly, students demonstrating against the Bologna Process protect themselves from police with giant books. On the heels of severe budget cuts and increasing privatization in the California state system, protesting students occupy university buildings, while in British Columbia and Quebec hundreds of students gather for rallies against spiralling student debt and increasing corporate influence on campus.

Everywhere university systems are being eviscerated by neoliberal logics asserting themselves even in the face of economic recession. After decades of chronic under-funding and restructuring, public universities have ceded the university’s public role in a democracy and embraced “academic capitalism” as a “moral” obligation. Acting as venture capitalists, they pressure academics to transfer and mobilize knowledge and encourage research partnerships with private interests; acting as real estate developers, they take over neighbourhoods with callous disregard for established communities; acting as military contractors, they produce telecommunications software and light armoured vehicles for foreign governments; acting as brand managers, they open branch plant campuses around the world and compete for foreign students who can be charged exorbitant fees for access to a “first world” education. With tuition fees and student debt on the rise, academic labour is tiered, cheapened and divided against itself; two-thirds of classes inU.S.colleges and universities are taught by faculty employed on insecure, non tenure-track contracts.

The casualization of academic labour and a plea for sustainable academic livelihoods were at the core of the longest strike in English Canadian university history. As collegiality, academic freedom, and self-governance recede from view, the university remains a terrain of adaptation and struggle.   We will need all the conceptual tools that cultural studies can muster to analyze the changing university as the foundation for our academic callings and scholarly practices. In addition to external influences such as globalization, technoscience, corporatization, mediatization, and higher education policy, internal managerial initiatives, bureaucratization, deprofessionalization, structural complicity between administration and faculty, and intellectual subjectivities must also be analyzed.

All of us, no matter what our political position, must take the time to reflect on the broad questions raised by these changes. Is the site of the university worth struggling over or re-imagining? Can the neoliberal university be set against itself? Is it time for reform or exodus? What other practices of knowledge production, interpretations, modes of organization, and assemblages are possible? This special issue is designed to reflect upon, analyze and strategize about the past, present and future of the university.  

In addition to these matters of concern, possible topics to further dialogue and enable further study include but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing and assessing the crisis of the public university
  • Implementing globalizations: theory, rhetoric and historical experience
  • Continuity and transformation in national academic cultures
  • The position and role of the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • University leaders and university making
  • Managerial theory/practice, academic ethics, and the symbolism of university finance
  • University-private sector intermediaries and initiatives; “innovation” and “creativity” as alibis for academic capitalism; knowledge “transfer” and “mobilization”
  • Marketing, media relations and the promotional condition of the university
  • Space, time, speed and rhythm in the network university
  • The professor-entrepreneur, research practice, and the imperative to produce
  • Academic labour, tenure, stratification and precarity
  • Faculty governance, unions and institutional democracy
  • The indebted, student-worker and the decline of academic study
  • Scholarly disciplines and territories, infrastructure, information practices, communication and publishing
  • The scholarly community of money: grant agencies, writing, committees and adjudication
  • Media/cultural production and critical/radical pedagogy
  • The development of knowledge cultures and the expansion of the commons
  • The university in relation to nearby communities and wider social movements
  • Resistance, common and counter-knowledge, alternative educational formations

Submissions  

To view the author guidelines, see: http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/topia/about/submissions#authorGuidelines.

To submit papers (with titles, abstracts and keywords) and supplementary media files online, you need to register and login to the TOPIA website at: http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/topia/user/register.  

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2012.

Peer review and notification of acceptance will be completed by May 15, 2012.

Final manuscripts accepted for publication will be due July 5, 2012.

 

Comments and queries can be sent to Bob Hanke bhanke@yorku.ca or Alison Hearn ahearn2@uwo.ca.

For more information about TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, visit www.yorku.ca/topia.

 

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Socialism and Hope

NEW ISSUE OF SOCIALIST STUDIES

New Issue Published

Socialist Studies / Études socialistes has just published its latest issue at: http://www.socialiststudies.com/index.php/sss

This is a double issue on “Organizing for Austerity: The Neoliberal State, Regulating Labour, and Working Class Resistance,” guest edited by Bryan Evans and Ian Hussey, features eleven articles, an interview with David McNally, review essays, and book reviews.

 

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Lockdown High

LABOR AND PUNISHMENT

WorkingUSA
CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Issue on Labor and Punishment

WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society is calling for papers for a special issue devoted to labor and punishment. Scholars interested in being considered for this special issue should submit a paper to the journal by December 1, 2011.

The US has seen explosive growth in its prison population, ushering in a historically unprecedented era of mass incarceration. On any given day, more than two million individuals are incarcerated (either in jail or in prison) and as many as seven million individuals – roughly one out of every thirty-one adults – are under some form of correctional supervision (either incarcerated, on probation or on parole). Rates of incarceration among black men are particularly staggering: although they constitute less than ten percent of the U.S. population, they represent over thirty-five percent of the country’s population behind bars. Given the devastating social and economic consequences of incarceration, it is no exaggeration to say that the prison both reflects and reproduces racial and class inequality. These facts have inspired a resurgence of critical attention in a wide array of disciplines to the causes, contours and consequences of America’s imprisonment binge.

This special issue of WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society will examine the wide-ranging implications of these trends for work, labor markets and the labor movement. It will both foreground the ways in which the politics of punishment are enmeshed with the politics of labor and shed a long overdue spotlight on the plight of some of society’s most vulnerable workers (incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated). The guest editors of this issue will consider original empirical papers on a wide array of topics that address the intersection of labor and punishment.

Examples of possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• The experiences of formerly-incarcerated individuals in the labor market and in the workplace • Collaboration or conflict between prisoner “re-entry” and movements for workplace justice • Prison guards’ unions and the politics of imprisonment • Criminal background checks, employer discrimination and “ban the box” initiatives • Historical or contemporary analyses of prison labor • Organizing and collective actions of prisoners (protests, labor strikes, hunger strikes, riots) • Case studies of targeted apprenticeship or job-training/job-placement programs for formerly incarcerated individuals • Socialist alternatives to ending incarceration and prison labor

To be considered for this special issue, please email a copy of your paper to Gretchen Purser (gwpurser@maxwell.syr.edu), Daisy Rooks (daisy.rooks@mso.umt.edu) and Immanuel Ness (iness@brooklyn.cuny.edu) by December 1, 2011.

For more information, on submission guidelines to WUSA, go to our webpage: www.working-usa.org

 

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