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Engineering

Engineering

INTERROGATING URBAN CRISIS

CALL FOR PAPERS – URBAN STUDIES/URBAN STUDIES FOUNDATION SPONSORED CONFERENCE: “INTERROGATING URBAN CRISIS: GOVERNANCE, CONTESTATION AND CRITIQUE”: DE MONTFORTUNIVERSITY, LEICESTER, MONDAY 9TH – WEDNESDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2013

Urban research is pre-occupied with the implications of an enduring economic crisis, which poses challenges and threats to cities far beyond those directly caught up in the crash. Yet, comparative research on the urban dimensions of crisis is still at a premium. Inspired by the Urban Studies/Urban Studies Foundation mission to promote critical and comparative urban research, we invite contributions from established academics, early career researchers, graduate students and critical governors and activists worldwide, addressing our conference theme: ‘Interrogating Urban Crisis: Governance, Contestation and Critique’. How is crisis understood, narrated, governed, contested and researched from the perspective of cities and urban societies, in and beyond places directly affected by the crash? Can cities in the West learn from counterparts in the East and South about evading, contesting and overcoming crises – or vice-versa?

The conference mission is to conduct and facilitate far-reaching international comparisons. We encourage contributions undertaking comparison directly and indirectly, or otherwise addressing the problem of international, transnational and comparative relevance. Critical governors and activists are welcome to submit papers, but are also a vital experiential and evidential anchor for the event. We warmly welcome proposals for non-academic contributions, such as story-telling and critical policy forums. The conference will be organised into three parallel streams: governing, contesting and researching urban crises. Proposers are asked to highlight the most relevant for their contribution.

Stream 1: Governing Urban Crises

How are understandings of, responses to and defences against crisis constituted through urban governance?

– How do cities narrate and govern the economic crisis? In what context does urban government deploy crisis (or renaissance/resilience) narratives, of what kind? Where does it act strategically/reactively? Where does it drive, manage or subvert austerity?
– How are collaborative practices, such as public participation, co-production and governance ‘beyond the state’ changing in the face of crisis-governance? In what circumstances are they enhanced, maintained, transformed or undermined?

Stream 2: Contesting Urban Crises

What is the role of cities and urban societies in fostering resistance to the depredations of crisis – and to crisis narratives? What, in particular, is the potential for envisioning and enacting post-neoliberal urbanisms?

– How do urban governors relate to urban resistance? E.g. repressing, ignoring, recuperating, cultivating or internalising it?
– What kinds of claims for justice are made, tacitly or explicitly, in resisting austerity and disinvestment?
– To what extent is resistance confined to ‘critique’, or does it also prefigure/actualize alternative forms of urban governance or urban society?
– What can Western urban studies learn about post-neoliberal urbanism from cities in the East and South – and vice-versa?

Stream 3: Critical Research on Urban Crises

What are the theoretical and methodological challenges of conducting critical comparative studies of crisis-governance, resistance and transformation?

– What methodological, theoretical and empirical challenges do we face in advancing a comparative focus on crisis-governance, resilience and resistance in cities?
– How do academic/non-academic notions of urban crisis/resistance differ?
– Can critical urban scholars, governors and activists cooperate in fostering comparative research: is ‘critical co-production’ feasible?

Conference Proposals

Academic abstracts and suggestions for non-academic contributions of up to 300 words should be submitted to the conference administrator, Suzanne Walker, at swalker@dmu.ac.uk , by Friday 29th March 2013. Proposals must include the following information: name(s), workplace, title of contribution, details of contribution (including the comparative contribution) and preferred stream (governing, contesting or researching). Decisions on proposals will be made in April 2013.

Urban Studies-Urban Studies Foundation Funding

Thanks to generous support from Urban Studies and the Urban Studies Foundation, we can offer free registration, subsistence and accommodation to those whose proposals are accepted. We are also able to part-subsidise travel expenses, with priority for contributors requiring long-haul flights.

Please contact swalker@dmu.ac.uk if you have any questions or comments about the conference.

PROFESSOR JONATHAN DAVIES
DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
CONFERENCE ORGANISER

First published: in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-interrogating-urban-crisis-governance-contestation-and-critique-de-montfort-leicester-9-11-september-2013

 

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‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Paris Commune

Paris Commune

THE HISTORY OF THE PARIS COMMUNE OF 1871

NEW TITLE:

VERSO’S WORLD HISTORY SERIES:

THE HISTORY OF THE PARIS COMMUNE OF 1871

by Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray

Preface by Eric Hazan

OUT NOW

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The classic history of the Paris Commune, part of Verso’s highly praised and affordable World History Series.

In 1871, the working class of Paris, incensed by their lack of political power and tired of being exploited, seized control of the capital. This book is the outstanding history of the Commune, the heroic battles fought in its defence, and the bloody massacre that ended the uprising. Its author,LISSAGARAY, was a young journalist who not only saw the events recounted here first-hand, but fought for the Commune on the barricades. He spent the next twenty-five years researching and writing this history, which refutes the slanders levelled at the Communards by the ruling classes and is a vivid and valuable study in urban political revolution, one that retains its power to inspire to this day.

This revised edition includes a foreword by the writer and publisher ERIC HAZAN.

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PROSPER-OLIVIER LISSAGARAY (1838–1901) was a socialist, duelist, republican journalist and sometime lover of Eleanor Marx.

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“Lissagaray relives the Commune with all the bitterness of a man who could see the tragedy unfold, even as he played his part, dutifully, to the end.”

– PAUL MASON, economics editor of the BBC’s Newsnight and author of WHY IT’S KICKING OFF EVERYWHERE

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464 pages       /         $26.95 / £14.99 / $28.50CAN      /      ISBN: 9781844677764

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For more information about THE HISTORY OF THE PARIS COMMUNE OF 1871, or to buy this or any other part of the series, visit:

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First published: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-title-from-verso-the-history-of-the-paris-commune-of-1871-by-prosper-olivier-lissagaray

 

Paris Commune

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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University

University

HIGHER EDUCATION AS IF THE WORLD MATTERED

A conference to be held on 25 and 26 April 2013 organised by: The Higher Education Research Group (Institute for Education, Community and Society, The University of Edinburgh) in partnership with The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

CALL FOR PAPERS

While higher education is known to enhance people’s life chances, questions remain to be asked about how the goods to be gained from higher education are presently distributed. Despite policies that are meant to increase access to higher education for under-represented sections of society we know that in a highly stratified society and higher education system even widened entry does not guarantee greater social justice in relation to access, for example. Against this backdrop, broad questions that the symposium will address include: To what extent and how do higher education policies and practices make a difference to this world? What are present priorities and how could things be otherwise? To what extent does higher education address community and environmental concerns? To what extent are participants encouraged to make a contribution to the world?

This conference, and a book that will be associated with it, therefore, seek to explore social justice in and through higher education by examining recent policies and practices in relation to six broad strands of higher education: Research and knowledge mobilisation; Curriculum; Pedagogy; Access and participation; Institutional leadership; Quality and educational development. Contributions in each section seek to analyse the assumptions underpinning policy and practice, arrive at judgements about the extent to which the world is seen to matter and offer suggestions on how things could be different from how they are. Running across these six strands are concerns related to internationalisation, funding, and lifelong learning.

Keynote Speakers
Professor Melanie Walker, Free State University, South Africa
Professor Monica McLean, University of Nottingham, UK
Professor Jon Nixon, Senior Research Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIE), and Honorary Professor, University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Ray Land, Durham University, UK

For Keynote speaker abstracts and biographies, click here

Author submissions

All submissions are subject to a blind peer review process. Proposals are invited for Individual Papers. Each paper accepted for individual presentation will be allocated a minimum of 30 minutes for presentation and discussion.

Timetable for submissions

All proposals must be submitted via email to fsmit@srhe.ac.uk . The deadline for submission is 1 March 2013.

Call for Papers- Format for submissions

To maintain the high quality of papers presented at the conference, and ensure that the review process has access to a sufficient level of detail on paper proposals to take an informed view, submitting authors are asked to provide a short paper for peer review in two parts.

Please note that both parts will be required at the point of first submission, but there will be no subsequent call for fuller papers for accepted abstracts.

• Part 1 Abstract: a 150 word summary of the proposal which will be printed in the published conference programme and also made available at conference on the CD Rom.
• Part 2 Outline: a maximum 1000 word paper (not including references)

Conference Venue
The symposium will take place at Paterson’s Land, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Road, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ. All rooms are equipped with a screen and laptop.

The School of Education is located in the picturesque OldTown area (off the Royal Mile, or Canongate). It is a 10 minute walk (or three minute taxi ride) from Edinburgh Waverley train station to the School of Education. The City of Edinburgh is easily reachable by train and most airlines (Easyjet and Ryanair offer low-budget flights from several cities in England). Travel from Edinburgh Airport to the City Centre (final stop at Waverly Bridge, right opposite Waverley Station) by Airlink bus service takes approximately 30 minutes (and a single journey costs £3.50) and by taxi the cost is between £18 and £20.

The City of Edinburgh offers many attractions for conference participants considering spending the weekend. It also features a wide range of cafés, bistros and restaurants and a good number of reasonably priced hotels close to the conference venue (e.g., IBIS at Grassmarket, The Jurys Inn on Jeffrey Street, The Travel Lodge on St Mary’s Street, and the highly praised Salisbury Green Hotel, situated on the University’s own premises at Pollock Halls).

Conference Fees and Booking

Fees are £150 (£130 for SRHE members) and include all refreshments during the day on both days (excluding dinner) and the conference programme. Any overnight accommodation is to be organised and paid directly by delegates. Sorry, there are no single day fees.

Employees of the University of Edinburgh may attend free of charge, but must register in order to attend this event, and should e-mail their full name, contact details and any special or dietary requirements to Nicola Manches at nmanches@srhe.ac.uk

To book your place visit www.srhe.ac.uk/events/details.asp?eid=77 and click on ‘Book now’.

Further Information

If you require any further information or assistance, please contact the Conference Organiser, Francois Smit at fsmit@srhe.ac.uk

Conference Director:  Carolin Kreber, Institute for Education, Community and Society, The University of Edinburgh.

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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A Crisis of Capital

A Crisis of Capital

‘CAPITAL AGAINST CAPITALISM

NOW ONLINE OPEN ACCESS

SPECIAL ISSUE ON ‘CAPITAL’ AGAINST CAPITALISM: NEW RESEARCH IN MARXIST POLITICAL ECONOMY 

Journal of Australian Political Economy (JAPE) 
Issue no 70, Summer 2012/13

http://australianpe.wix.com/japehome#!current/c1cok

The special issue includes:

– Introduction by Elizabeth Humphrys and Jonathon Collerson (Guest Editors)
– Mike Beggs on zombie Marx and modern economics
– Humphrey McQueen on the ‘massiness’ of capital and David Harvey
– Thomas Barnes Damien Cahill overview recent Australian scholarship on class
– John Pardy looks at class and schooling in Australia
– Marcus Banks provides a Marxist analysis of Workfare
– Elizabeth Humphrys looks at unfree labour in the early Australian colonies and whether the colonies can be considered ‘capitalist’ from inception
– Mike Donaldson writes on socialist strategy, modes of production and social formations in ‘Capital’
– Thomas Barnes looks at Marxism and informal labour
– Alan Freeman asks how to integrate financialisation into Marxist accounts of the rate of profit
– Jean Parker looks at neoliberalism through the prism of Marx
– Don Munro looks and land and ‘Capital’
– Richard Westra writes on ‘Capital’ as dialectical economic theory
– Andy Higginbottom looks at ‘structure and essence’ in ‘Capital’ Vol 1 — extra surplus-value and the states of capitalism

 

First published: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/jape-2014-special-issue-on-capital-against-capitalism-new-research-in-marxist-political-economy

 Capitalism 3

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski