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Glenn Rikowski

THE EUROPEAN CURRICULUM – A CALL FOR PAPERS

 CALL FOR PAPERS

SPECIAL ISSUE

THE EUROPEAN CURRICULUM: RESTRUCTURING AND RENEWAL

The European Educational Research Journal (www.wwwords.co.uk/EERJ) would like to produce a special issue on the processes of curriculum reform in European education systems in 2012.

 

Editors:
Professor KIRSTEN SIVESIND, University of Oslo
Professor JAN VANDEN AKKER, University of Twente and Director General, SLO (Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development)
Professor MORITZ ROSENMUND, Universities of Vienna and Zurich

The EERJ works within the idea that European education exists today within a borderless space containing significant flows of ideas, policies and academics, between countries, in networks and associations, and in projects. From the beginning, it has encouraged research across European borders and across the field of educational studies: it has published symposia and network papers in a range of fields on European education policy, market reforms, travelling policies, public education, social capital, the technology of numbers, mobility, didactics and social justice.

This Call for Papers is focused on current processes and programmes of curriculum reform as a key problematic in understanding knowledge formation and education policy steering inEurope. Indeed, the dominance of the knowledge economy paradigm as an organising policy principle for education has accentuated research attention to comparisons of performance, policy learning, and technologies of governance like the Bologna Process and OECD PISA. However, curricula and their associated pedagogic practices remain under-researched as elements in the shaping and governing of a European education policy space.

After a long dominance of national reform efforts and decentralised decision power, Europeanisation and cross-national comparisons are becoming more central in the national educational policy agenda. New qualifications frameworks acrossEuropedraw attention, not only to quality processes, but to common interests in curriculum and evaluation. From kindergarten to higher education, policymakers and practitioners discuss what knowledge is of most worth, how to think about the curriculum, and how it should be evaluated and assessed to facilitate new ways of learning. The formation of knowledge is the core of this activity, and concentrates attention on schooling and new flexible learning pedagogies.

Questions for the Call include:
– Are national education futures still produced within curriculum texts and discourses?
– Are there convergences in curriculum thinking and theory across time and space?
– Do key agencies and actors share common ideas and mores in deciding upon the ‘what, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of teaching?
– How is knowledge transferred and translated between the global and the local arena?
– Are European wide standards being created in curriculum and instruction?
– Is curriculum still a viable idea?

In a time of governing by performance and comparison, can European curriculum and knowledge formation manage its contradictions and still produce identity, meaning and culture?

Submission
The EERJ reviews submitted papers on the basis of the quality of their argument, the contemporary nature of their work, and the level of ‘speaking’ from the local to the European in which they are engaged. All the manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. All contributors should follow the journal’s guidelines provided at www.wwwords.co.uk/eerj/howtocontribute.asp There is no limit on manuscript length but they will normally be 6000-7000 words.

The deadline for submission is January 31, 2012

Please send all submissions to the journal’s Editor, Martin Lawnm.lawn@btinternet.com – ensuring your email heading/subject refers to the Call.

 

 

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LINKS

LINKS UPDATE – 29th August 2011

What’s new at Links: Marxism & ecology, Markets and power, new ‘New Deal’? food sovereignty, Libya

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Mauritius: Marxism, ecology and the contribution of John Bellamy Foster

By Lalit de Klas
June 2011 – Lalit [the revolutionary socialist party inMauritius] sees the natural universe, whether it be the air above us, the sea around us or the Earth we walk upon, and all that lives upon it, and even outer space, as being our collective heritage as human beings. We are part of it, and also the guardians of it. This natural universe, our Mother Earth, is now endangered.

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Martin Hart-Landsberg: Market ‘outcomes’ and political power

“Now imagine if we had a state that engaged in transparent planning and was committed to using our significant public resources to reshape our economy in the public interest. … state planning and intervention in economic activity already goes on. Unfortunately, it happens behind closed doors and for the benefit of a small minority. It doesn’t have to be that way.”

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Crises real and artificial, and why a new ‘New Deal’ is not feasible

By Sam Williams
August 21, 2011 — Since World War I, the maximum debt that theU.S. government could carry has been determined by law. Every so often as the maximum debt limit was approached, Congress routinely voted to raise the debt limit. But this year the Republican-controlled House balked. The Republican majority threatened to refuse to raise the debt ceiling unless the Obama administration agreed not to raise taxes on the rich and corporations or even close tax loopholes that have often enabled the rich and corporations to pay no taxes at all.

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Fred Magdoff on ‘What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism’

Fred Magdoff interviewed by Scott Borchert
August 24, 2011 — Fred Magdoff is co-author, with John Bellamy Foster, of What every environmentalist needs to know about capitalism. Bellamy Foster will be a featured international guest at the second World at a Crossroads: Climate Change – Social Change Conference, Friday, September 30 – Monday, October 3, 2011,MelbourneUniversity.

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La Via Campesina: Food sovereignty now! (video)

August 7, 2011 — La Via Campesina: Food sovereignty now! from La Via Campesina

Watch at http://links.org.au/node/2464

 

Libya: NATO’s ‘conspiracy’ against the revolution; Who are the Libyan rebels?

The following article, reposted from Jadiliyya, was written before the entry of rebels intoTripolion August 20-21, signalling the looming collapse of the Gaddafi regime. It offers valuable analysis of the dynamics between imperialism and the rebel movement and the Libyan masses. It contends that the Western powers, in an attempt to control the uprising, rationed their military support to ensure that significant sections of the Gaddafi state would be retained in any post-Gaddafi regime.

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Global Crisis

JAPAN SOCIETY OF POLITICAL ECONOMY – 59th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Call for Participation for the 59th annual conference of JSPE

The Japan Society of Political Economy invites you to its 59th annual conference “The Global Economic Crisis and State: Alternative Approaches for Monetary and Fiscal Policies” which take place on September 17 (S aturday) and 18 (Sunday), 2011, at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan

Program: http://www2.rikkyo.ac.jp/web/jspe/pdf/2011_JSPE_conference_program.pdf

This year we will have three plenary sessions (2 in Japanese 1 in English) and 21 parallel sessions (17 in Japanese and 4 in English). 13 English papers will be presented.

The program includes English Sessions on: 2007-9 Global Crisis and the Future of Capitalism, 2007-9 Global Crisis and Developing Economies, 2007-Global Crisis and Beyond, and 2007-9 Global Crisis and State. Plenary sessions are: (In English) Alain Lipietz “Fears and Hopes: The Crisis of the Liberal-Productivist Model and its Green Alternative”, (In Japanese) “Discussing the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Nuclear Disaster”, and “The Global Economic Crisis and State: Alternative Approaches for Monetary and Fiscal Policies”

Contact: Prof. Nobuharu Yokokawa (Chairman of the JSPE Committee for International Communication and Exchange) E-mail: yokokawa@cc.musashi.ac.jp Postal Address: c/o Prof. Toshiaki Ohtomo, Department of Economics, Rikkyo University, 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro,Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 171-8501 Tel: +81-3-3985-2281

 

JSPE Website: http://www2.rikkyo.ac.jp/web/jspe/callforpapers.html and http://www.jspe.gr.jp/drupal/en_cfp2011

 

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Douglas Kennedy

RUTH RIKOWSKI REVIEWS ‘THE MOMENT’ – BY DOUGLAS KENNEDY

Ruth Rikowski reviews Douglas Kennedy’s latest book, The Moment. She has been reading his novels for over five years now and rates this writer very highly indeed.

The Moment is Kennedy’s 10th novel, and, as Ruth argues, he has built a philosophical dimension into it to a greater extent as compared with his previous works.

You can see Ruth’s review at: http://ruthrikowskiim.blogspot.com/2011/08/i-went-into-waterstones-bookshop-few.html

Ruth’s blog, ‘Serendipitous Moments’, is at: http://ruthrikowskiim.blogspot.com/

 

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Raya Dunayevskaya

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES FROM U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS – UPDATE 28th AUGUST 2011

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/
AUGUST 2011

1.  DAVID BLACK, “‘NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE’ AND BLOOD AND FLAMES ON ENGLAND’S STREETS: 1981, 1985 AND 2011” — The explosion of rage and revolt on the streets of British cities, recalls the dramatic “uprisings” of the 1980s. The author, a resident of the riot-hit London Borough of Haringey, looks at what has changed and why it matters.

2. BA KARANG, “OSLO MASSACRE AND THE ‘REASONING’ OF THE FAR RIGHT” — In the aftermath of the Massacre in Norway, Norwegian-African Ba Karang examines the ideological strands of the Far Right in the thinking of Anders Breivik.

3. PETER HUDIS, “COMMENTS ON ‘WHAT MORE COULD WE WANT OF OURSELVES!’, JACQUELINE ROSE’S REVIEW OF THE LETTERS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG” — In responding to Rose’s review in London Review of Books: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/books/the-letters-of-rosa-luxemburg/ Hudis discusses Luxemburg’s differences with Lenin, her writings on imperialism and indigenous communal social forms, and her worldview as both “open” and “single-minded.” Originally appeared on the Verso Books authors’ blog, June 21, 2011.

4. DALE PARSONS, “LABOR AT THE CROSSROADS” — The capitulation on the part of Obama and the Democrats to the far-Right agenda of the Republicans in the latest battle over raising the deficit ceiling raises the issue of whether capitalism is undermining its own conditions of existence.

5. KELLY GREEN, “TECHNOLOGY, LABOR, AND THE TRANSCENDENCE OF CAPITAL: REVISITING THE MARCUSE-DUNAYEVSKAYA DEBATE” — In the 1960s and 1970s, Herbert Marcuse and Raya Dunayevskaya developed differing responses to the new stage of capitalist production represented by automation.

6. ELI MESSINGER, “REVIEW OF RICHARD GREEMAN’S BEWARE OF VEGETARIAN SHARKS” –Veteran socialist Greeman’s book collects his essays on the radical movement, as well as biographical and theoretical reflections.

7. ELI MESSINGER, “REVIEW OF SLAVOJ ZIZEK ET AL., LENIN RELOADED” — This review of one of the few recent books devoted to Lenin’s thought – with much discussion of dialectics — is particularly timely now that Lenin Reloaded is appearing in Spanish, Turkish, and other languages.

8. KHALFANI MALIK KHALDUN, “BURIED ALIVE INSIDE INDIANA SCU UNIT: A LOOK AT SUGGESTIONS TO MODIFY CURRENT CONDITIONS AND CREATE A MORE CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT” — This piece by political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun, speaks to the issues that have helped foment the hunger strike of prisoners in Pelican Bay, California, as well as elsewhere in California. Now is the time to demonstrate support for those wrongly incarcerated and suffering the terrible abuses of the U.S. criminal injustice system.

9. RINITA MAZUMDAR AND HEATHER TOMANOVSKY, “DIALOGUE ON MARX, GENDER, KINSHIP, AND HUMAN EMANCIPATION” — Dialogue on Tomanovsky’s essay, “Marx, Gender, and Human Emancipation,” which originally appeared on this website: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/marx-gender-and-human-emancipation-%E2%80%93-by-heather-tomanovsky/

10. STEVEN COLATRELLA AND PETER HUDIS, DIALOGUE ON MARX’S CRITIQUE OF THE GOTHA PROGRAM – Dialogue over Hudis’s essay on “Directly and Indirectly Social Labor: What Kind of Human Relations Can Transcend Capitalism?” which appears on this website: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/directly-and-indirectly-social-labor-what-kind-of-human-relations-can-transcend-capitalism-by-peter-hudis/

11. DAVID BLACK, “ADORNO FOR REVOLUTIONARIES?” — In Adorno for Revolutionaries Ben Watson attempts to show how Theodore Adorno, starting with the commodity form, outlined a revolutionary musicology, a passageway between subjective feeling and objective conditions. In extending the analysis beyond the confines of ‘highbrow’ classical music Watson aims to ‘detonate the explosive core of Adorno’s method’.

12. PETER HUDIS, “READING ROSA” – Interview with Hudis on The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg with Red Pepper (London)

13. THE LETTERS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG, EDITED BY ANNELIES LASCHITZA, GEORG ADLER AND PETER HUDIS, TRANSLATED BY GEORGE SHRIVER (VERSO 2011) — Links to reviews in New Politics and elsewhere

14. MARX AT THE MARGINS: ON NATIONALISM, ETHNICITY, AND NON-WESTERN SOCIETIES, BY KEVIN ANDERSON

Links to reviews in Le Monde Diplomatique, Counterfire, Marx-Engels-Jahrbuch, and elsewhere.

RECENTLY PUBLISHED

1. KEVIN ANDERSON, “ARAB REVOLUTIONS AT THE CROSSROADS” – The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and the uprising in Libyahave exhibited a post-Islamist and post-nationalist character.  After challenging both the political and the economic order, they face dangers from old forces like the military and the Islamists (Egypt) or of violent repression (Libya).

2. PETER HUDIS, “THE LIFE, LETTERS, & LEGACY OF ROSA LUXEMBURG – Video of a presentation at a symposium marking the publication on the Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, New York University Law School, March 14, 2011

THE SITE ALSO INCLUDES OTHER ARTICLES FROM THE PAST DECADE BY U. S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS AND THEIR INTERNATIONAL COLLEAGUES.
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