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The Island

THE COMMONWEALTH IN THE WORLD

The Commonwealth in the world: governance, resistance and change

Occasional Seminar Series
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Commonwealth Advisory Bureau (CA/B) and Université Paris Diderot

Pascal Bianchini:    Anti-colonial scholarship: (re) discovering Jean Suret-Canale

Tuesday, 1 November, 12:30-14:30
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Senate House – Room ST275

How it is possible to lead two extraordinary careers in a same life? Jean Suret-Canale was a politically commited intellectual and a pathfinder in African history (though he was in fact a geographer). He could be compared to Basil Davidson with whom he had epistolary exchange. As Davidson, Suret-Canale was involved in the Resistance during the Second World War and tried to disentangle African history from its colonial bias.

Suret-Canale published some major volumes read by generations of African intellectuals and militants in the 1960’s and the 1970’s and many of them were translated into several languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian, Japanese and even Chinese…) His correspondence reveals that he was in contact with some major intellectual and political figures from Africa (Ruben Um Nyobe, Sekou Toure, Mongo Beti, Mario de Andrade…) or with major academic figures working on Africa (Melville Herskovits, Walter Markov, Henri Brunschvig…).

Though Suret-Canale played a major role as a founding father in African studies, he was only appointed by a French university at the age of 57 and ended his academic career in the relatively junior position of assistant professor. This paradox is a major clue to a non-French audience about the reality of French African studies. Suret-Canale, in the interview he gave to Pascal Bianchini, (Suret-Canale.  De la résistance à l”anticolonialisme) explained his setbacks in the French academe by his membership of the Communist Party (he was a member of the Central Committee and assistant director of Centre for Marxist Studies and Research in the 1960’s) and his official status of geographer while his main work was in African history.

In addition, his personal story reveals that his consistent anti-colonial commitment had prevented him from making a career matching his international influence. Unfortunately, since the 1980’s, he has been rejected and/or forgotten by contemporary French Africanists. He has also been criticized by African militants for his alleged support to Sekou Toure, the leader of independence in Guinea where Suret-Canale worked and lived from 1959 to 1963.

However, whatever criticism can be levelled at his political positions, his intellectual contribution to the decolonisation process is important and echoes through to the ‘postcolonial debate’ that occurred in the recent years in France. Suret-Canale’s name remains completely unknown to a new generation.

Attendance is free but contact Dr Leo Zeilig (leo.zeilig@sas.ac.uk) and Dr Mélanie Torrent (melanie.torrent@univ-paris-diderot.fr) if you would like to attend.

 

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Antonio Gramsci

CHALLENGING GOVERNANCE THEORY

Newly published by Policy Press: Jonathan S. Davies, “Challenging Governance Theory: From Networks to Hegemony”.  
http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?ISB=9781847426147&.  

“Theories heralding the rise of network governance have dominated for a generation. Yet, empirical research suggests that claims for the transformative potential of networks are exaggerated. This topical and timely book takes a critical look at contemporary governance theory, elaborating a Gramscian alternative. It argues that although the ideology of networks has been a vital element in the neoliberal hegemonic project, there are major structural impediments to accomplishing it. While networking remains important, the hierarchical and coercive state is vital for the maintenance of social order and integral to the institutions of contemporary governance.

Reconsidering it from Marxist and Gramscian perspectives, the book argues that the hegemonic ideology of networks is utopian and rejects the claim that there has been a transformation from ‘government’ to ‘governance’. This important book has international appeal and will be essential reading for scholars and students of governance, public policy, human geography, public management, social policy and sociology”. 

Jonathan S. Davies is Professor of Critical Policy Studies at De Montfort University.

 

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Philosophy

EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL VOLUME 10 NUMBER 3 – 2011

Just published at: http://www.wwwords.eu/eerj/content/pdfs/10/issue10_3.asp

EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL
Volume 10 Number 3, 2011   ISSN 1474-9041

SPECIAL ISSUE
Philosophy of Education and the Transformation of Educational Systems
Guest Editor: ROLAND REICHENBACH

Roland Reichenbach. Introduction. Philosophy of Education and the Transformation of Educational Systems

Paul Smeyers. Philosophy of … Philosophy and …: taking the conditions we find ourselves in seriously

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Amrita Zahir. Content Ditches Method to Save Endangered Species: a plea for dialogue

David Bridges. From the Scientistic to the Humanistic in the Construction of Contemporary Educational Knowledge

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Christiane Thompson. Relocating Educational Theory: remarks on the fabrication of educational knowledge

Paul Standish. Education’s Outside

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Norbert Ricken. Education and the Problems of Difference

Michel Soëtard. Philosophy of Education: a thorn in the (clay) foot of the educational system

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Rita Casale. Philosophy of Education as a Critique

Philippe Foray. Philosophy and the Rationalisation of Educative Action: the example of personal autonomy

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Bruce Maxwell. Why Does Philosophy have to Defend High-Level Directives for Education?

Jan Masschelein. Philosophy of Education as an Exercise in Thought: to not forget oneself when ‘things take their course’

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Sharon Todd. Becoming Present in Context: the politics of the gap in educational transformation

Anne-Marie Drouin-Hans. Necessary Transformation or Safe Permanence? A Philosophical Approach to the Desire for Change

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Hans-Christoph Koller. The Research of Transformational Education Processes: exemplary considerations on the relation of the philosophy of education and educational research

Volker Kraft. Role and Function of ‘Philosophy of Education’ within the Educational Sciences: a cross-national attempt

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James C. Conroy. On Not Abandoning the Marriage of Theory and Practice

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Dionysios Gouvias. EU Funding and Issues of ‘Marketisation’ of Higher Education in Greece

Mieke Lunenberg, Fred Korthagen & Rosanne Zwart. Self-Study Research and the Development of Teacher Educators’ Professional Identities

Kristiina Brunila. The Projectisation, Marketisation and Therapisation of Education

Helena Ostrowicka. On the Reception of Foucauldian Ideas in Pedagogical Research

Margarida Chagas Lopes & Graça Leão Fernandes. Interruptions and Failure in Higher Education: evidence from ISEG-UTL

REVIEW ESSAY
Ana Márcia Pires. Globalization, New Modes of Governance and Educational Challenges: a comparative review

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PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION. Subscription to all numbers of the 2011 volume (this includes full access to ALL BACK NUMBERS) is available to private individuals at a cost of US$50.00. If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.eu/subscribeEERJ.asp

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For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editor, Professor Martin Lawn (m.lawn@btinternet.com).

In the event of problems concerning subscription, or difficulty in gaining access, please contact the publishers at support@symposium-journals.co.uk

 

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David Harvey

DAVID HARVEY LECTURE

The Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize Committee, in conjunction with Historical Materialism, present the 2011 Deutscher Memorial Lecture:

David Harvey
History versus Theory: A Commentary on Marx’s Method in Capital
Friday, 11 November 2011
Location: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Time: 1830-2030

At the lecture the winner of the 2011 Deutscher Memorial Prize will be announced. The following books have been shortlisted:

• Jairus Banaji, Theory as History: Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation, (Brill)
• Gail Day, Dialectical Passions: Negation in Postwar Art Theory (Columbia)
• Charles Post, The American Road to Capitalism: Studies in Class Structure, Economic Development and Political Conflict, 1620-1877 (Brill)

Online pre-booking: £3
On the door price: £5

Due to the high demand for this event, it is suggested that you book early to avoid disappointment. Please note that although this event takes place as part of the Historical Materialism conference, the price is not included in the conference fee due to the very high costs of hall booking in Central London.

Book online here http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/8annual/deutscher
All enquiries: alex.callinicos@kcl.ac.uk
http://www.deutscherprize.org.uk/

 

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Mike Cole

THE DEVELOPING CONJUNCTURE AND SOME INSIGHTS FROM HUBERT HARRISON AND THEODORE W. ALLEN ON THE CENTRALITY OF THE FIGHT AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY

My article “The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights From Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy” is now available at: http://www.jeffreybperry.net/works.htm (top left).

Harrison and Allen offer some important insights relevant to struggle today.

This is a pre-publication copy of an article that will appear in “Cultural Logic”

Please share the article with others.

JEFFREY PERRY

 

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Fear of a Blank Planet

RECONNECTING POLITICAL DISCONNECTION

Call for Papers: Reconnecting Political Disconnection

JOMEC Journal

Reconnecting Political Disconnection

 

Winter 2010 to Summer 2011 saw surprising political processes and events: massive political upheaval and transformation in formerly undemocratic countries, on the one hand, and the apparent ineffectuality of widespread discontent and protest in many ‘democratic’ countries on the other. At the same time, new and old forms of media and journalism technology and practice had disparate effects: some appeared to enable political connection, movement and transformation, while others worked to disconnect, close down and preserve stasis.

This issue of JOMEC, Reconnecting Political Disconnection, invites contributions which engage with what is to be learned from these complex conjunctions in which new and old forms of journalism, media, cultural and political practice converge and operate in competing ways.

 

Submission guidelines:

Abstracts: 100-500 words

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 11th November 2011

Contributor details: 100-200 words (position, institution, publications, etc.)

Deadline for first draft submissions: End February 2012.

Article Length: 1,000-6,000 words

Journal Referencing Style: Harvard

 

Contact: Paul Bowman: BowmanP@cf.ac.uk


Dr Paul Bowman
Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
Director: Race, Representation & Cultural Politics Research Group
Co-Director: The (Re-)Constructing Multiculturalism Research Network
School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies [JOMEC], Cardiff University

http://cardiff.academia.edu/PaulBowman  

 

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REVIEW 31

Progress

This is a new online progressive review, launched only last week – Review 31 (www.review31.co.uk).

With a diverse mix of scholars and journalists it will be reviewing the pick of the latest titles in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular emphasis on politics, history, art and literature. 

Content is free – no subscription is required.

Follow Review 31 on Twitter @review31.

 

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Bronze Age

SOCIALIST GLOBALIZATION

14:00 Monday 14 November 2011

Room G04, Wates House, UCL, 20 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AJ

UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture, with the support of the Bartlett School of Planning, and UCL Urban Laboratory 

Socialist Globalization: Architectural Transfer from the People’s Republic of Poland

Lecture by Łukasz Stanek

In the Cold War period, socialist Poland was considered a highly valued brand—at least in certain markets, and particularly the global market of architectural labour. This talk presents the designs of architects and planners from the People’s Republic of Poland (PRL) as they operated in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Algeria, Ghana, and Nigeria during the Cold War. Working in these territories gave Polish professionals an acquaintance not only with advanced technologies, materials, and functional programs, but also, from the 1970s on, with ‘postmodernism’ as a new tendency in architectural practice and discourse. As well as examining such international projects, Stanek questions the impact this design experience had on the subsequent production of urban space in Poland after socialism. In doing so, Stanek provides new empirical evidence and analysis, of an as yet under-explored field of international architectural development, challenging received conceptions of the period as constituted solely by a binarised ‘East/West’ cultural hegemony.

Łukasz Stanek is the 2011–2013 A. W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Visual Arts, National Gallery, Washington. After studies and research in architecture and philosophy at Kraków, Weimar, Münster, Paris, and Zurich, Stanek has taught at the Faculty of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Stanek’s recently published book, Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory (Minneapolis, MA: Univeristy of Minnesota Press, 2011), ‘takes the discussion [on sociospatial and urban theory] to a new level of philosophical sophistication while also grounding Lefebvre’s work in relation to a series of concrete engagements with architecture and urbanism‘ (Neil Brenner). Stanek recently curated the exhibitions “PRL™ Export Architecture and Urbanism from Socialist Poland” (2010) and “Postmodernism Is Almost All Right” (2011) at the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (http://www.south-of-eastwest.net ).

 

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