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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 29th APRIL 2013

EVENTS

FORUM: OUR COMMUNITY AND THE PORT AUTHORITY

Monday April 29
7:30pm
Harbourfront Community Centre
627 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto

* What is happening at Toronto Island Airport?
* Why is there a strike at Porter FBO?
* How does all of this affect our Community?

Forum and open discussion with:
* Porter Workers
* Community Spokespeople
* Professor Steven Tufts, Geography Department, York University

Organized by the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly, Public Sector Campaign
https://www.facebook.com/events/434779199947738/

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NIAGARA FIGHTS: “RIGHT TO WORK” CONFERENCE

Saturday June 15
9:30 am
CAW Local 199 Hall
124 Bunting Rd.
St. Catharines, ON

Speakers:
– Prof. Bryan Palmer – Trent University
– Cheryl Athersych – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
– Tami Friedman – Brock University Labour Studies
– Sam Gindin – past CAW Research Director
– John Clarke – Ontario Coaliton Against Poverty
– Mike Kohloff – Lansing, Michigan Workers Centre
– Malclom Allen MP – Welland and Thorold, Ontario

Music, Display Tables and Food
Admission Free
For more information contact Bruce Allen: ballen@cogeco.ca or (905) 934-6233
Sponsored by the Niagara Regional Labour Council

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DOCUMENTARY FILMS: FIGHTING CUTS

Tuesday, May 7
6:00pm until 9:00pm
Art Gallery of Ontario (Jackman Hall)
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Free admission

Mayworks Festival and Canadian Labour International Film Festival are proud to present a joint screening of two documentaries that honour artists, activists, and the working poor who oppose government cuts.

The Harris Project
Directed by Marcos Arriaga and Jeff Sterne
Canada / 15 min / 1998

In 1996, four young filmmakers graduate from post-secondary studies to find a provincial government that has implemented a “Common Sense Revolution.” The Harris Project follows the filmmakers’ personal struggles as they try to complete a low-budget, short documentary about a right wing governmental plan that will forever change the economic landscape of Ontario.

Home Safe Toronto
Directed by Laura Sky
Canada/ 96 minutes/ 2009

Home Safe Toronto is the second in the Sky Works series of documentaries that deals with how Canadian families live with the threat and the experience of homelessness. It shows how the housing crisis in Canada is an expression of the increasing economic and job insecurity that has devastated the manufacturing sector in the greater Toronto area and throughout southern Ontario.

A Q&A will follow with the film makers and producers.

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CONFERENCE – RIGHTS, SOLIDARITY & JUSTICE: WORKING PEOPLE ORGANIZING, PAST AND PRESENT

June 6-8
New York City

The Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) is pleased to announce its impending national conference. More than 90 panels, roundtables and workshops will explore past struggles and contemporary challenges faced by working people in a global context. Opening and closing plenary sessions with speakers ranging from Frances Fox Piven, Richard Wolff, Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Saket Soni to John Wilhelm, Ruth Milkman and a panel of activists will examine the current crises and new directions for the labor movement.

See the website: http://www.lawcha.org/annualconference for the full program and registration information.

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TAKE ACTION AGAINST EI CUTS, APRIL 26-MAY 1

By Brent Patterson, rabble.ca

The Council of Canadians is working with the Canadian Labour Congress and Common Causes to support lobby days and demonstrations against the Harper government’s cutbacks to Employment Insurance and other key programs and public services.

Numerous activities will be taking place during a Week of Action this coming April 26 to May 1. The growing list of actions can be read at http://www.commoncauses.ca/in-action/13/04/19/workers-rights-week-take-action-against-austerity-and-ei-cuts

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EDUCATION, COMMUNITIES & CHANGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: RETHINKING PEDAGOGY IN CHANGING TIMES

Thursday, May 16
George Brown College (St. James Campus)
200 King Street East, Toronto

The Community Worker Program at George Brown College is pleased to announce the 1st Summer Institute Rethinking Pedagogy in Changing Times. The one-day event of focus sessions, interactive exhibits and a community forum and facilitated panel discussion, will open with a keynote address delivered by celebrated author and cultural critic, Henry Giroux.

Communities throughout the world are experiencing massive political, economic, social, environmental and cultural shifts due to the growth of neoliberal market and governing structures over the past three decades. Within post-secondary institutions faculty are faced with students who have grown up in a world increasingly bereft of good governance and social responsibility.

Some things we need to talk about…
– What is the role of post-secondary education in neo-liberal times?
– How do we promote inclusive agendas for change and transformation?
– As our students prepare to join the 21st century workforce, how do we support them to engage in the building of equitable and just communities?

Registration Fee: $45 (regular) $20 (student/no wage)

For more information, go to “Summer Institute” at: http://www.web.net/~comwpgbc/

Register at: rethinking@georgebrown.ca

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO – “CONTINENTAL CRUCIBLE” BOOK LAUNCH
Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America
Toronto — 20 April 2013.

The crucible of North American neoliberal transformation is heating up, but its outcome is far from clear. Continental Crucible examines the clash between the corporate offensive and the forces of resistance from both a pan-continental and a class struggle perspective. This book also illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico and the United States used free trade agreements to consolidate their agendas and organize themselves continentally.

Moderated by Teresa Healy, and presentations by:
– Richard Roman, Associate Professor Emeritus, Sociology, University of Toronto, and Fellow, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University.
– Leo Panitch, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science, York University.
– Katherine Sciacchitano, former labour lawyer and organizer and presently a professor at the National Labor College, Washington, D.C.
– Chris Schenk, instructor in the Department of Industrial Relations, University of Toronto and former Research Director of the Ontario Federation of Labour.
– Sam Gindin, Packer Chair in Social Sciences, York University and former chief economist and Assistant to the President of the Canadian Auto Workers.

Music by Healy and Juravich

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls171.php

“Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America” by Edur Velasco Arregui and Richard Roman, published by Fernwood: http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/Continental-Crucible/

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HUNDREDS OF CHICAGO STUDENTS WALK OUT OF STANDARDIZED TEST

By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

Hundreds of Chicago students are taking up the mantle in the fight against the role of standardized tests in public school closures as they walked out of a state exam Wednesday. Their message: “We are over-tested, under-resourced and fed up!”

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/24-8

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THE 28-YEAR-OLD WHO CAUGHT THE EXCEL ERROR HEARD ROUND THE WORLD

By Bhaskar Sunkara, In These Times

The economics student who debunked global austerity shares why he did it.

Thomas Herndon has had a swell couple of weeks. The 28-year-old graduate student has been interviewed numerous times and cited just about everywhere after playing a key role in debunking a 2010 paper by Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff that was used to justify global austerity policies.

Read more: http://inthesetimes.com/article/14925/the_excel_error_heard_round_the_world/

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CHICAGO’S FAST FOOD WORKERS: “WE CAN’T SURVIVE ON $8.25”

By David Moberg, In These Times

On a normal day, Sonia Acuña, a petite 41-year old mother of four, puts on her bright red McDonald’s cap and reports to work at a branch of the giant hamburger chain in Chicago’s main rail terminal, Union Station. But today, in cold and drizzling early morning weather, Acuña—still wearing her McDonald’s hat—was out on the street in front of the terminal, striking.

Although she was the only worker at her McDonald’s to walk off the job today, she joined other workers on strike from other Chicago fast food and retail outlets. They delivered a pointed chant, “We can’t survive on $8.25.” As they moved through Chicago’s central shopping districts, the crowd of strikers and supporters swelled to more than 500 people.

The walk-out is the latest in a growing wave of direct actions by low-wage workers across the country demanding better wages, benefits and working conditions, as well as the right to unionize.

Read more: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/14911/chicagos_fast_food_workers_fight_for_15/

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CAN CO-OPS SAVE UNIONS?

By Rebecca Burns, In These Times

Labor-cooperative partnerships may herald a new strategy for labor–if they can get off the ground.

What has 18 owners, no bosses and high hopes for fostering workplace democracy in America? New Era Windows LLC, a worker-owned cooperative formed last year by members of United Electrical Workers (UE) Local 1110.

After occupying their factory to save their jobs—twice—workers at a closing Chicago windows plant decided last year to try a new tack: running the business themselves. They purchased equipment from their former bosses and are now setting up a new factory they believe will create good jobs in the city’s depressed economy.

New Era is one of a growing number of union-backed cooperatives nationwide that could herald a new strategy for labor. In his survey of existing cooperatives, economist Gar Alperovitz has calculated that the number of workers in partly or wholly employee-owned companies now exceeds those who belong to private-sector unions—a statistic that speaks both to the perilous state of the labor movement and the promise of reviving it through new structures.

Read more: http://inthesetimes.com/article/14872/can_co_ops_save_unions/
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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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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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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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Heathwood Press

Heathwood Press

HEATHWOOD INSTITUTE, HEATHWOOD PRESS, HEATHWOOD NETWORK & THE GLOBAL VOICE PROJECT

Hello everyone,

We have just launched our new website and are sending out several batches of newsletters to update our readers, friends, and colleagues about what has been going on over the last three months and what to expect from the organisation moving forward.

Launch of New Beta Site

– Our ambition as a group has always been to break down the barriers separating critical theoretical discourse and ‘the everyday practise of social and individual life’. In attempting to achieve this we have engaged with readers and have been working with several leading theories of alternative media and web application, to develop new ways in which a range of media projects can assist the organisation to bridge the theory-practise divide.

– One of the new features on our website includes the organisation’s Global Voice project, which acts as centralised hub or platform for the publication of non-profit research and reports.

The non-profit sector of society is notorious for its ability to encourage ethical and critical practise across many different social spheres. Drawing close links to some of the leading non-profit organisations, locally and globally, Heathwood can directly assist and support the ongoing research and practise of NPO’s in a number of fundamental ways: 1) to pull-in non-profit media, report, commentary and critique from around the world and disseminate that information in one centralised place; 2) to normatively engage with independent non-profits so as to support their efforts on a grassroots level with a highly engaged critical theory; 3) to listen to NPO’s across the globe and the struggles and conflicts they report in order to further our own understanding about social agency and structure;  and 4) to integrate non-profit research and data, which is heavily rooted in praxis, with Heathwood’s post-Frankfurt school critical theory.

– Another exciting feature that we’ve been working on for some time consists around the democratisation of media and how to make Heathwood’s site more representative of a truly social, participatory media centre.

To achieve this we have launched a new on-site comments system that allows for real-time discussion between members of the public as well as between readers/public and members of Heathwood. The aim of this new feature is to encourage over time the development of a fertile digital ground for discussion and the sharing of ideas.

Heathwood Network

We have also recently launched a new public forum called the Heathwood Network, which will further support and encourage direct discussion and engagement on a range of subjects. The forum can be accessed via the menu on our new site.

– We’ve also been developing a series of critical theory eGuides, ranging in subject from alternative education and epistemology to alternative economics and ideology critique. No launch date has been set for this programme.

-Lastly, we have been working on publishing a range of infographics, interactive media, videos and datablogs to further support our present research activity and public engagement campaigns.

New Members

We’ve welcomed a new member in past few months, Robert King, whose work in systems will be a great addition to the organisation.

We’ve also had the opportunity to work with some great people from around Europe and North America, including Glenn Rikowski, Chris Cutrone, Richard Wolff, Peter Thompson, Daniel Little, Geert Dhondt, Jeanne Willette, and others.

Moving Forward

There’s a lot planned for the upcoming year, including several new book publications and further expansion to our digital media projects.

If anyone has any questions or would like to discuss more about Heathwood and where it is headed, please feel free to contact Robert C. Smith at robert.smith@heathwoodpress.com

Alternatively, follow the organisation on twitter for daily publication updates.

Signed,

-The members of Heathwood

P.S. Feel free to forward this information to friends, colleagues or whomever you may think appropriate.

Robert C. Smith
Director and Researcher at Heathwood Institute and Press
Website: http://www.heathwoodpress.com
Email: robert.smith@heathwoodpress.com
Phone: +44 (0) 07919252541
Holt, Norfolk, United Kingdom

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

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

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

Luddites

Luddites

SUBJECTS AND PRACTICES OF RESISTANCE

CALL FOR PAPERS

For two inter-linked, consecutive workshops under the theme of Subjects and Practices of Resistance to be held 9-11 September 2013 at University of Sussex.

The first workshop (9-10 Sept) is on Discipline(s), Dissent and Dispossession and the second on Counter-Conduct in Global Politics(10-11 Sept).  The workshop convenors encourage attendance at both workshops.  However, paper proposals should specify the intended workshop and which days participants would be able to attend.

The workshops are generously sponsored and supported by the BISA Poststructuralist Politics Working Group (PPWG) and the Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT) at the University of Sussex

 

Workshop 1: Discipline(s), Dissent and Dispossession

9-10 September 2013

Contemporary struggles against dispossession – from the 2011 Occupy movement to ongoing land rights conflicts in the Ecuadorian rainforest – not only remind us of existing forces of domination and exploitation, but also challenge the ready-made concepts and frameworks through which such struggles are often interpreted.   Building on a previous project – “Disciplining Dissent”* – this workshop aims to open up discussion on the intersections between the politics of resistance and the politics of knowledge. How might we conceptualise dissent or resistance in ways that are sensitive to the social and epistemic relations within which anti-systemic struggles are embedded? How might we frame the complementarity and tensions between political dissent and intellectual critique? How might available concepts and frameworks occlude the complex interplay between resistance and repression, discipline and dissent, obscuring what is at stake politically in existing practices of struggle?

We welcome contributions that consider these themes from diverse theoretical perspectives and academic disciplines, including international relations, international political economy, sociology, philosophy, geography and anthropology.

Questions that might be addressed include (but are not limited to): how is dissent rendered intelligible in ways that serve to contain, nullify or depoliticize struggles; the politics of knowledge in political dissent; the place of normative political critique in the absence of universal categories or emancipatory blueprints; the ways in which dissenting communities are building their own theories of dissent or are theorising out of their own dissenting practices; the forms of subjectivisation incited, subverted or arrested through practices of dissent and/or their relation to the types of dissenting subjects assumed by intellectuals and experts; the ways in which academic disciplines interpret, appropriate and discipline both dissent and critique; the nature and purpose of academic critique at a moment of austerity and economic “crisis”.

It is hoped that the workshop will serve as a basis for a journal special issue, as well as for further collobarations around these themes.

Abstracts of approx. 300 words should be sent to L.Coleman@sussex.ac.uk and cait@sussex.ac.uk by 31 May 2013 (please indicate whether or not you plan to attend both workshops).  

Convenors:

Lara Montesinos Coleman, University of Sussex

Doerthe Rosenow, OxfordBrookesUniversity

Karen Tucker, University of Bristol

*published as Lara Montesinos Coleman and Karen Tucker (eds.), Situating Global Resistance: Between Discipline and Dissent (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012) and as a special issue of Globalizations 8:3 (2011).

 

Workshop 2: Counter-Conduct in Global Politics: Theories and Practices

10-11 September 2013

Resistance, and its study, is on the rise. Protesting, agitating, dissenting, and occupying inter alia have received increased attention and theorisation in the past tumultuous decade since 11 September 2001. However, such academic and public attention has tended to focus on the visible and politically discernible practices of dissent against sovereignty, economic exploitation, dispossession and other forms of oppression. Little systematic attention has been paid to potentially less visible practices of resistance or those who do not participate in an expressly political register but that attempt to resist ‘power that conducts’ (Foucault 2007). To this end, the workshop has four main aims. First, to theoretically develop, refine and critically interrogate the concept and theorisation of ‘counter-conduct(s)’, a term that, until recently, has received scant attention within the social sciences. We encourage the further critique, development and modification of Foucault’s initial attempts to understand subjects’ ‘possible inventions’ as counter-conduct (1982, 2007). Second, to provide a space in which empirical, multi-disciplinary investigations of counter-conduct in a variety of thematic areas and spaces of global politics can be presented. Third, to facilitate reflection on the variable and contingent forms of counter-conduct, examining its close relationship with conducting power and revealing the processes of invigilation of resistance and adjustment of conducting strategies. Finally, to reflect on the methodological implications and issues, which affect the study of the variegated practices of counter-conduct.

We welcome contributions that consider these themes not only from a Foucaultian perspective but also that bring diverse theoretical perspectives  — and views from a variety of academic disciplines, including politics, international relations, international political economy, sociology, political theory and philosophy, geography and anthropology – to bear on the study of counter-conduct.

Format: consisting of longer paper presentations, followed by substantial constructive feedback from discussants and audience, the format of the Counter-Conduct in Global Politics workshop aims to facilitate intensive and extensive engagement among participants with a view to producing article length contributions to a significantly placed journal special issue. Given the lack of systematic focus on practices and subjects of counter-conduct, it is hoped that such a special issue will engender further debate and consideration of the study of counter-conduct in global politics and potentially act as a reference for postgraduate and doctoral research as well. Abstracts of approx. 250 words should be sent to L.Odysseos@sussex.ac.uk and cait@sussex.ac.uk by 31 May 2013 (please indicate whether or not you plan to attend both workshops).

Convenors:

Carl Death, University of Manchester (as of August 2013)

Helle Malmvig, Danish Institute of International Studies

Louiza Odysseos, University of Sussex

 

Centre for Advanced International Theory

Department of International Relations

University of Sussex

Falmer

East Sussex

BN1 9SJ

cait@sussex.ac.uk

T 01273 876615

Website: 

Revolt

Revolt

www.sussex.ac.uk/cait

Follow us on Twitter @SussexCAIT

 

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

 

Mezmerize

Mezmerize

THE NEW NORMAL

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY SEMINAR

‘The New Normal’ – Work and Performance Management in an Age of Recession, by Phil Taylor,
Date:   Thursday 9th May 2013
Time:    17:00 – 18:30
Room:    W138, Williams Building, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT

The seminar is based on a presentation given at the recent Work, Employment and Society, 25th Anniversary Conference. It will take as its point of departure a reflection on change and continuity in the sociology of work and employment over a quarter of century with reference to the comparative political and economic conjunctures. Focusing on the recent and the present, the presentation will consider the nature of what Richard Hyman called the ‘new normalcy’ in 1987 and the term McKinsey Consultants is using today – ‘the new normal’ – to justify an unprecedented managerial offensive against workers in the post-crisis world of work and employment. The lynchpin of the new regime in the workplace is an emerging system of Performance Management. Phil will present findings from a three-year study of the ‘new workplace tyranny’ and will consider ways in which it can be resisted.

Phil Taylor is Professor of Work and Employment Studies in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde. He has researched and published extensively on all aspects of the call/contact centre, particularly work organisation and employment relations. Over the past decade he has extended this research to encompass the remote sourcing and the globalisation of business services. Other research interests include lean working, prison privatisation, union organising, and occupational health and safety. He was a lead member of a major project under the ESRC’s Future of Work Programme, based at the University of Strathclyde and drawing on researchers across several Scottish Universities. He is currently editor of New Technology Work and Employment. He was co-editor of Work, Employment and Society from 2008 and 2010 having previously served on its editorial board (2004-2006).

If you would like to attend this event please confirm your attendance to Elena Karoullas:  E.Karoullas@mdx.ac.uk

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/2018the-new-normal2019-2013-work-and-performance-management-in-an-age-of-recession-by-phil-taylor-middlesex-uni-9-may

 

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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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

Work

Work

NETWORKED LABOUR

Networked Labour: Rethinking labour in an age of networks and movements

See: http://www.networkedlabour.net

The upcoming international seminar, titled Networked Labour is initially supported by Networked Politics, Transform! Europe, Transnational Institute and IGOPNET (Institut de Govern the Polítiques Públiques) and it will be held in Amsterdam between 7-9 May 2013.

Networked Politics have been an open project promoted by Transform! Italia, Transnational Institute – New Politics and IGOP, and developed in co-operation with Euromovements.  To provide a space for exchange between activists, researchers and activist-researchers there were several seminars and debates held between 2006 and 2009.  Most of the encounters organised in parallel to the important movement-network gatherings like European and World Social Forums and preparatory meetings that were linked to the Forum processes. Several printed and on-line books, an on-line library, and an on-line  ’New Politics Dictionary’ were among the concrete outcomes of the Network Politics debate; along side the founding of initiatives like the annually held Free Culture Forums.

Our current work will be focusing on the changing worlds of labour and production, and emerging new movements, political actors and their politics. We will mainly be discussing these topics in relation to the accelerating developments in the ICTs. Our hope is to create new synergies by bringing together many contributors and observers of the recent changes, movements, protests, and mobilisations. We hope this will enable us to increase our collective understanding of the new possibilities emerging in front of us for a radical social change.

If you are interested in joining or following this open discussion and exchange simply register to the networked labour weblog. We are looking forward to explore the change together!

Örsan Şenalp, Marco Berlinguer, Mayo Fuster Morell, Hilary Wainwright

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/networked-labour-seminar-7-9-may-2013-amsterdam

 

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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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

Ruth Rikowski

Ruth Rikowski

DIGITAL PEDAGOGIES

Digital Pedagogies: E-Learning and Digital Humanities Unconference

13 June 2013 

Call for Session Proposals

UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, in partnership with the Higher Education Academy, will be hosting a FREE unconference* focusing on bringing together the e-learning and digital humanities communities to discuss the development of ‘Digital Pedagogies’ in University teaching. We want to hear your ideas for sessions!  

* An ‘unconference’ structure is delegate-driven with the agenda created by the attendees on the day. There is an open call for presentations on the topic of enhancing and developing digital pedagogies in your field of research.

About ‘Digital Pedagogies Unconference’

‘Digital Pedagogies’ are innovative methods of teaching – using ICT tools to facilitate and foster a high quality digital learning space. There are big questions around how teaching techniques can be modified and digital enhanced to meet the needs of 21st century virtual learning. The objective of this unconference will be firstly to bring together these e-learning and digital humanities communities with what are often similar research objectives, and secondly provide a space to speak about current digital teaching techniques, defining areas for improvement and enhancement.

What do I propose?

There are roughly four things people do in sessions: Talk, Make, Teach, and Play. Sometimes one session contains elements of all these, but it’s also a fair taxonomy for THATCamp sessions. In a Talk session proposal, you offer to lead a group discussion on a topic or question of interest to you. In a Make session proposal, you offer to lead a small group in a hands-on collaborative working session with the aim of producing a draft document or piece of software. In a Teach session, you offer to teach a skill, either a “hard” skill or a “soft” skill. In a Play session, anything goes — you suggest literally playing a game, or you suggest some quality group playtime with one or more technologies, or what you will. Of course, these are just guides – we are open to new ideas, new ways of interaction and methods of making this unconference insightful and fun!

How do I propose a session?

There are two ways of proposing a session:

(1) through the THATCAMP Digital Pedagogies site at http://digitalpedagogies2013.thatcamp.org/registerproposal/ or

(2) by emailing Rachel at rachel.kasbohm.11@ucl.ac.uk with a brief proposal. 

*Remember* that you will be expected to facilitate the sessions you propose, so that if you propose a hacking session, you should have the germ of a project to work on; if you propose a workshop, you should be prepared to teach it or find a teacher; if you propose a discussion of the Digital Public Library of America, you should be prepared to summarize what that is, begin the discussion, keep the discussion going, and end the discussion.

 

To register as a delegate:  http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2013/13_June_digital_pedagogies_UCL 

More information: http://digitalpedagogies2013.thatcamp.org/

Questions, comments or concerns? Contact Rachel at rachel.kasbohm.11@ucl.ac.uk

 

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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

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

 

London Radical Bookfair 2013

London Radical Bookfair 2013

LONDON RADICAL BOOKFAIR 2013

On Saturday May 11th 2013, the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) will be hosting a new radical bookfair, to take place in London’s Conway Hall. The idea behind the fair is to create an event which showcases the depth and breadth of radical publishing and bookselling in the UK.

The ARB is composed of booksellers with a range of subject interests, including socialism, anarchism, peace/pacifism, sex & gender, environment, anti-racism and progressive children’s writing: we intend for the London Radical Bookfair to represent the full spectrum of radical publishing.

The event will culminate with the announcement of the winner of the ARB’s book prize for the best political non-fiction, The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing. This year for the first time the Bread and Roses award will be complimented by a new prize, The Little Rebels Award, to be given for the best piece of fiction for readers aged 0-12 years.

As well as the bookfair in the main hall, we will be hosting talks in the Brockway Room throughout the day, with short-listed authors from the two book prizes presenting and discussing their work.

Entrance to the fair will be free for all. Food and drink will be available.

There will be lots of information about the fair and book awards to follow. An announcement for how to get involved in the fair, either as a stall holder or as a volunteer, will be made soon.

Guest Speakers include: Mark Fisher, Sarah Garland, Donny Gluckstein, Danny Dorling, Eveline Lubbers, and Emanuele Campiglio – and many others

In the meantime if you would like to speak to someone about this event, please contact nik[at]housmans.com

 

London Radical Bookfair 2013

Saturday 11th May 2013

10am – 5pm

Free entry

Conway Hall

Red Lion Square

London WC1R 4RL

London Radical Bookfair: http://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/

Alliance of Radical Booksellers: http://www.radicalbooksellers.co.uk/

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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

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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

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

Spinoza

Spinoza

THINKING THROUGH SPINOZA: A RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Thinking through Spinoza: A research symposium

Friday 24 May, Room 3.20 Arts 2 Building
School of Politics and IR, Queen Mary, University of London

Spinoza’s philosophy continues to be an important reference point for scholars working within the Humanities. The symposium reflects this diversity of engagements with Spinoza, and brings together scholars working within political theory, philosophy, architecture, and the visual cultures. The symposium asks ‘How might we think with/through Spinoza today? The speakers’ responses reflect some of the most exciting and innovative approaches being developed through Spinoza’s thought today.

PROGRAMME

9.30-10.00:        Arrival, coffee, and registration

10.00-10.15:      Opening Remarks: Thinking, through Spinoza – Dr Caroline Williams (SPIR, QMUL)
10.15-11.30:      ‘Vital materialism: Spinoza after Deleuze’, Professor Rosi Braidotti (Director, Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht)
Chair:                Professor Diana Coole, (Politics, Birkbeck)

11.30-11.45        Coffee

11.45-1.15:        ‘Spinoza’s concept of equality’: Dr Beth Lord (Philosophy, Aberdeen); and ‘Spinoza’s Geometric Ecologies’, Dr Peg Rawes (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)
Chair:                Dr Filippo del Lucchese (Politics, Brunel)

1.15-2.15           LUNCH (Arts Two Senior Common Room, 4th floor)

2.15-3.45           ‘Jura communia as anima imperii: the symptomatic relationship between law and conflict in Spinoza’ Dr Filippo del Lucchese (Politics, Brunel); and ‘Spinoza and the Production of Subjectivity (or, the Three Kinds of Knowledge, and the Passage Between)’ Dr Simon O’Sullivan (Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths)
Chair:                Dr Beth Lord (Philosophy, Aberdeen)

3.45-4.00    COFFEE

4.00-5.15           ‘Spinoza and Art’, Professor Moira Gatens (Philosophy, Sydney)
Chair:                Dr Caroline Williams (SPIR, QMUL)

5.15-6.30    Closing Remarks (Dr Caroline Williams (SPIR, QMUL) followed
by a wine reception for all participants (ArtsTwo SCR)

To register for the event, or for further information, click on the following link:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6258000849#

Best Wishes,
Caroline

Dr Caroline Williams
School of Politics & International Relations Queen Mary, University of
London
327 Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
United Kingdom
Email: c.a.williams@qmul.ac.uk
Webpage: http://www.politics.qmul.ac.uk/staff/drcarolinewilliams.html

 

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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

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

Capitorg

Capitorg

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 13th APRIL 2013

EVENTS

APRIL 28: NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING FOR WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED, INJURED OR MADE ILL ON THE JOB

A message from the Workers Health & Safety Centre: More than twenty years ago, the Canadian Labour Congress declared April 28 a National Day of Mourning for workers who have been killed, suffer disease or injury as a result of work. Every year since, unions, labour councils, families and community partners gather by the thousands to ‘mourn for the dead’. What began through the efforts of Canada’s labour movement is now observed in more than 100 countries.

The Day of Mourning though, is also intended to focus attention on what we can do to break the silence of indifference and say enough to the suffering caused by hazardous working conditions. On April 28 let’s resolve to action that restores and promotes dignity and health in our workplaces and our communities.

For more information, including venues: http://www.whsc.on.ca/pdfs/DOM13_EventListing_WebMar26.pdf

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COLOUR OF POVERTY / COLOUR OF CHANGE PRESENTS ITS 2ND PROVINCIAL FORUM – FROM POVERTY TO POWER – RACIAL JUSTICE, MAKING CHANGE

Monday April 29 from 6pm to 9pm
Tuesday April 30 from 9am to 5pm
Oakham House – Student Campus Centre
Ryerson University, 55-63 Gould St, Toronto (Room SCC 115)

Join us on Monday April 29 from 6pm to 9pm for a welcome to the conference, guest speakers, poetry performances and reception. Then on Tuesday April 30, join us for the all day learning and strategy forum with guest speakers, roundtable discussions and issue focused strategy sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Roundtables will include:
– Intersectionality of oppression
– Political participation and representation

Issue focused strategy sessions will include the following topics:
– Employment equity
– Income security
– Colours of politics
– Criminal justice and policing
– Immigration policy and the changing face of Canada
– Fiscal policy & economic literacy
– Education – access and opportunities

Everyone welcome !  Free – but hurry – to register click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5698626746

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BOOK LAUNCH: ‘THE GREAT REVENUE ROBBERY: HOW TO STOP THE TAX CUT SCAM AND SAVE CANADA’

Monday, April 15
6:30pm – 8:30pm
No One Writes to the Colonel
460 College Street, Toronto

“This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom. If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again.”
-Thomas Walkom, political columnist, Toronto Star

Join authors and organizers for the launch of The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada

Edited by Richard Swift for the Canadians for Tax Fairness

Online media sponsor: rabble.ca

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CELEBRATING MAY DAY 2013

Sunday, April 28
4:30pm – 8:00pm
Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street, Toronto, ON

Build a Common Front Against Austerity and War!

Speakers, Live Music, Poetry & Dance, Food & Refreshments

Organized by the United May Day Committee

Free Admission

Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.

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SEND IN YOUR WORK POEMS!

By Lorraine Endicott, Editor, Our Times

An artist and poet born in North Burnaby, B.C., Lena Wilson Endicott (or “LWE,” as she often liked to sign her paintings) cared deeply for the world and social justice, and loved Our Times, reading every issue from cover to cover.

Our Times is sponsoring a Canadian poetry contest in her name. Send us your poems about work, working people and social justice. (Maximum five.) They need to not have been published before, and be a maximum of 40 lines each.

We are excited to announce the judges for the contest. They are Marilyn Dumont, poet; Valerie Endicott, family member (and member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario); and Adriane Paavo, labour educator (Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union, and member of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada). The contest coordinator is Maureen Hynes, poet, and Our Times’ poetry editor.

Make sure there is no identifying information on the poetry pages themselves, to ensure impartial judging. Put your name, address, email address and union affiliation, if any, in the body of your email or in your cover letter.

Email your submission to Our Times’ poetry editor at poetry@ourtimes.ca, or mail it to: Our Times, Poetry Editor, Suite 407 15 Gervais Drive, Toronto Ontario M3C 1Y8.

The deadline for submitting is June 30, 2013. The first-prize winner will receive $400 and the first two runners-up will receive $100 each.

The winner and runners-up will have their poems published in Our Times, and will receive two-year subscriptions to the magazine. Winners will be announced in our Fall 2013 issue.

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APRIL 16 WORLDVIEWS PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT: THE WAR ON KNOWLEDGE?

Tuesday, April 16
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs – 1 Devonshire Place
University of Toronto

Higher education is under attack. Internationalization, politics, and worldwide economic trends are forcing universities and colleges to ask themselves tough questions. Criticisms are commonplace in the media, while new communications technologies threaten traditional institutions. So what lies ahead?

Let’s talk about it.

Join Worldviews 2013 for a special pre-conference debating the interplay between higher education, media, and society. This free event will feature a short keynote presentation, panel debate, and reception.

We will explore the increasing emphasis being placed around the world on:
– Shifting the cost of education to students
– Getting students in and out of higher education in shorter time periods
– The increasing focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics related subjects, and criticism of the liberal arts
– The exclusive focus on higher education as a means for job training
– Expanding online learning as either a complement or alternative to on-campus learning

Why are these ideas being proposed by so many and whose interests do they serve? Is this pragmatic agenda a “war on knowledge” or a “war” on specific types of knowledge and specific types of education? Some media coverage has asked constructive questions, but much of the discussion has been superficial. So where do we go from here?

Registration is required (and free!), so save the date and register here! http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/13609/register/

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CLASS ACT: A TRIBUTE CONCERT IN HONOUR OF LONG-TIME LABOUR AND SOCIAL ACTIVIST ARLENE MANTLE

Saturday May 11
8 pm
Trinity St. Paul Church, 427 Bloor Street West
Tickets: $15 PWYC (see below)

Co-sponsored by Toronto Musicians Association

Please join Mayworks Festival at Class Act, a tribute concert in honour of Arlene Mantle’s (1932-2012) lifelong contribution to the labour movement and tireless fight for social justice.

Featured performers include writer, teacher and Canada’s first Lady of Dub, Lillian Allen; multi-award winning, singer/songwriter, self-taught musician, and prisoner rights activist Faith Nolan; Toronto-based composer and singer, former front man of The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir and The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, David Wall; Juno nominated songwriter, producer and musician Dinah Thorpe; singer/song writer and community activist Amai Kuda; and Chilean band, Grupo Taller (meaning ‘workshop group’); and singer, songwriter, mother and activist Lynn Mantle,who learned her chops singing back up behind mom, Arlene Mantle.

These stellar performers will be backed up by the Kevin Barrett Group, making its mark on the Toronto music scene for more than a decade, led by musical director, producer and teacher Kevin Barrett. This evening of song and celebration will be hosted by long-time social justice activist and community organizer, Angela Robertson.

How to purchase your tickets:
Seats to the concert are limited. Mayworks encourages everyone to purchase advanced tickets to guarantee a seat.

Tickets may be purchased via the Mayworks Paypal account online: http://mayworks.ca/support/  (please indicate “Class Act Concert” when you make your donation). If you are unable to make an online donation but would still like to purchase advanced tickets, please send an email to
registration@mayworks.ca with the subject line “Class Act Concert”.

Want more information?
Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates working class culture. For more information on other events at the 2013 Festival, please visit http://www.mayworks.ca
        
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NEWS & VIEWS

WHY I’M VOTING NO: OSSTF AND ONTARIO TEACHERS

By Jason Kunin, The Bullet

Teachers in Ontario may not know it, but their actions in this coming week will have huge ramifications for unionized workers across Ontario and across the country. We stand poised either to hold the line against the austerity agenda and mounting attacks on workers, or pave the way for escalating attacks on the labour movement.

After a year that has seen the provincial Liberal government strip education workers of their collective bargaining rights and legislate strips to our wages and benefits that took decades of struggle to win, public secondary teachers in Ontario will be voting this week on whether to accept a peace deal that offers some minor improvements over the “contract” imposed four months ago by Bill 115 but which leaves most of the major strips intact.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/804.php

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THE FOG CLEARS: NEW INFORMATION ON FEDERAL JOB AND SERVICE CUTS

By Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

After four austerity budgets and lots of hide and seek, there are finally some answers about what services federal departments are going to cut. CCPA’s Senior Economist David Macdonald has examined over 180 departmental Reports on Plans and Priorities in order to estimate employment cuts down to the program level and determine where federal spending cuts hit the hardest.

He finds that cuts have disproportionately focused on service delivery, and that the total number of federal public service jobs cut over the entire austerity period (March 2012 to March 2016) will be 28,700—with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada experiencing the largest loss of positions. By 2016, the total number of people working for the federal government will have fallen by 8%, almost double the 4.8% figure reported in Budget 2012.

Read the full analysis, The Fog Finally Clears: The job and services impact of federal austerity:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/fog-finally-clears

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MAGGIE THATCHER, MILK SNATCHER

By Sheila Cohen, Labor Notes

“Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, out, out, out!” was the slogan chanted at so many demonstrations.

Londoners will be gathering again in Trafalgar Square this Saturday to celebrate the death of “Maggie Thatcher, Milk Snatcher.” Now that she’s well and truly “out,” how do we define what she left behind?

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/04/maggie-thatcher-milk-snatcher

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MEXICAN WORKERS WIN OWNERSHIP OF TIRE PLANT WITH THREE-YEAR STRIKE

By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes

On the 879th day of their strike, Mexican tire workers sought help in Germany, where the multinational that wanted to close their plant was based. After a determined 1,141-day campaign, the company sold them the plant, which they now run as a cooperative.

The hurdles to buying a plant, even a failing plant, are huge, and once in business, the new worker-owners face all the pressures that helped the company go bankrupt in the first place. Most worker-owned co-ops are small, such as a taxi collective in Madison or a bakery in San Francisco.

But in Mexico a giant-sized worker cooperative has been building tires since 2005. The factory competes on the world market, employs 1,050 co-owners, and pays the best wages and pensions of any Mexican tire plant.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/04/mexican-workers-win-ownership-tire-plant-three-year-strike

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DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE! RBC LAYOFFS NOT ABOUT FOREIGNERS VS. CANADIANS

By Chris Ramsaroop and Syed Hussan, rabble.ca

Once again the temporary foreign worker program has erupted in controversy where it is being used to pit workers against each other.

News reports point out that the Royal Bank of Canada has decided to move its information technology department abroad. To do so, it has brought in temporary workers from India that will learn the ropes from their Canadian counterparts. Following this training, the Canadian workers will be laid off, and the Indian workers will transition the IT department to India and return there.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2013/04/dont-believe-hype-rbc-layoffs-not-about-foreigners-vs-canadians

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UNION MEMBERS OBJECT TO THEIR PENSIONS BANKROLLING ANTI-UNION PORTER AIRLINES

COPE Local 343’s fuel handlers at Porter FBO have been on strike since January 10, 2013 for a first contract. They organized for safer working conditions and a living wage. Porter has not budged on its position of a 25-cent increase for half the workers and nothing for the remainder.

What many of you may not know is that OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario school board and municipal workers, is the single largest outside investor in Porter, which pays its fuel handlers on average $13 an hour.

Read more: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1790

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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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

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

 

Economics

Economics

IIPE TRAINING WORKSHOP 3

http://iippe.org/wp/?p=827

Following successful Training Workshops in Marxist Political Economy in London in June 2012 and March 2013, IIPPE announces its 3rd Training Workshop. This will be held over 1 day on Monday 8 July at the ISS in The Hague, the day before the start of the IIPPE Annual Conference, to take place also at the ISS in The Hague. This is therefore an excellent opportunity to combine the Training Workshop with attendance at the IIPPE Annual Conference.

While we cannot fund travel costs, we have space for 90 participants, and for 40 of these we have secured funding for 4 nights accommodation (7 July to 10 July). If you wish to attend the Training Workshop, please send a short paragraph giving your reasons to Elisa van Waeyenberge (ew23@soas.ac.uk).

Please also make it clear whether you are applying for one of the 40 funded places. We expect oversubscription for these funded places; if so we will give priority to students and others who cannot obtain institutional funding to attend the Conference.

Please apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We hope to allocate the funded places by the end of April at the latest.

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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 athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowskihttp://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

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

 

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

STUDIES IN MARXISM – VOLUME 13

Studies in Marxism Volume 13

This is now available. Purchasing it will also renew your membership of the specialist group. Contact Mark Cowling: C.M.Cowling@tees.ac.uk for details.

Table of Contents

Revolutionaries Seldom Harvest the Fruit: The 17th Bouazizi 2010
Sabah Alnasseri

Eliminate Capitalism and Distrust Socialism: What Remains of Marxism?
Alberto Martínez Delgado

Eliminate Marxism and Distrust Socialism: a Reply to Martínez Delgado
Joe Femia

The Spectral Proletariat: The Politics of Hauntology in The Communist Manifesto
Tim Fisken

Culture, Community and Cognition: A Vygotskian Foundation for a Republican Approach to Deliberative Democracy
Martyn Griffin

Beyond Dominion, Beyond Possibility of Justice
Leonard Mazzone

The Elephant in the Room: Agamben’s ‘Bare Life’ and Marxist Biopolitics
Arthur C Whittall

Communism without self-emancipation: a critique of Slavoj Žižek’s concept of ‘divine violence’
Alan Johnson

Towards a Critical Future of Technology? ‘Futurism from below’, Wall-E, and the emergence of hyper-consumerism as subjectivity
Mark Edward

Reviews

Kevin B. Anderson
Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies

Sean Sayers
Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelians Themes.

Marcello Musto (ed.)
Marx for Today

Mahamdallie, H (ed.)
Defending Multiculturalism: A Guide for the Movement

V. I.  Lenin
Revolution, Democracy, Socialism: Selected Writings. Edited by Paul Le Blanc

Kieran Allen
Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism

Matthew Johnson (ed.)
The Legacy of Marxism:  Contemporary Challenges, Conflicts and Developments

Garry Browning
Global Theory from Kant to Hardt and Negri.

Andy Merrifield
Magical Marxism, Subversive Politics and the Imagination.

Sebastian Dullien, Hansjörg Herr and Christian Kellerman
Decent Capitalism: A Blueprint for Reforming our Economies

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/studies-in-marxism-volume-13

 

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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

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

Work

Work

THE POLITICS OF WORKERS’ INQUIRY CONFERENCE

May 2-3, 2013 @ University of Essex

http://ephemeraweb.org/conference/index.htm

Workers’ inquiry is an approach to and practice of knowledge production that seeks to understand the changing composition of labor and its potential for revolutionary social transformation. It is the practice of turning the tools of the social sciences into weapons of class struggle. Workers’ inquiry seeks to map the continuing imposition of the class relation, not as a disinterested investigation, but rather to deepen and intensify social and political antagonisms.

This conference brings together various aspects of workers’ inquiry, from its historical origins and development to contemporary mutations and adaptations of it within contemporary struggles. It will expand the terrain and form of workers’ inquiry, focusing on topics including inquiries into cultural labor and the service economy, geographies of class conflict, transformation in value production, and the limits to workers’ inquiry as a political/research method.

Presentations from:
Anna Curcio (University of Messina) 
Bianca Elzebaumer & Caterina Giuliani (Cantiere per pratiche non-affermative) 
Heidi Hasbrouck (Goldsmiths) 
Tolga Hepdincler (Bahcesehir University)
Funda Kaya (Bahcesehir University)
Asli Kayhan (Kocaeli University)
Michał Kozłowski, Janek Sowa, Kuba Szreder (Free/Slow University of Warsaw)
Alan W. Moore (ABC No Rio / Squatting Europe)
Frederick H. Pitts (University of Bath)
Kasparas Pocius (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute)
Gigi Roggero (University of Bologna)
M. Nedim Süalp (Marmara University)
Zeynep Tul Akbal Sualp (Bahcesehir University)
Jamie Woodcock (Goldsmiths)

For more information and to register send a message to conference@ephemeraweb.org.

Sponsored by ephemera and the Essex Centre for Work, Organization, and Society

 

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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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