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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 26th AUGUST 2013

EVENTS

THINK BIG AND LET’S GET GOING: APPLYING THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH TO OUR DAILY WORK

26th Annual Health Promotion Ontario Conference

Thursday September 26, 2013
Oakham House, Ryerson University
63 Gould Street, Toronto

Speakers:
Keynote Address:  Dr Ryan Meili, MD – Upstream – Reviving Politics through a Focus on Health
Code Red Panel Discussion:
– Neil Johnston, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
– Suzanne Brown, MSW, Manager of Neighbourhood Development Strategies, City of Hamilton
– Steve Buist, Investigations Editor, The Hamilton Spectator
– Tom Cooper, Director, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
Closing Keynote: Paul Berton, Editor-in-Chief, The Hamilton Spectator – The Role of Media in Addressing the SDOH

Register now:  http://www.hpontario.com

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FREE PUBLIC CONCERT TO CELEBRATE CANADA’S NEWEST UNION – UNIFOR

Sunday, September 1
6:30pm until 11:30pm
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St. West, Toronto

This year, Labour Day marks the formation of a new union – Unifor – with the coming together of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers’ union and the Canadian Auto Workers.

To celebrate we are hosting a free public concert at Nathan Phillips Square with diverse acts from all across Canada. Come see some of Canada’s greatest bands: Stars, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Les Colocs, Sister Says

19+ drink tent with beer, wine and food available for purchase. All-age food vendors in square.

For more information on Unifor visit:  http://www.newunionconvention.ca

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WORLD FESTIVAL OF YOUTH & STUDENTS TORONTO INFO MEETING

Tuesday, August 27
6pm
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 8-170
St. George Subway station, Toronto

The WFYS is the largest gathering of progressive and anti-imperialist youth and students in the world, taking place this December in Quito, Ecuador. Over 15,000 young people will unite for a week-long experience of culture, music, conferences, workshops, discussions and other meetings about peace, environmentalism, anti-imperialism, and the struggle for social progress.

This year from December 7-13th, the youth festival will be held in Quito, Ecuador with the support of the PAIX alliance as well as student, environmental, indigenous and other leftist youth, under the banner of “Youth unite against imperialism, for a world of peace, solidarity and social transformation!

You can find out more at http://www.18wfys.tumblr.com

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WORKSHOP SERIES: PENSION FUNDS, UNIONS, AND WORKING CLASS STRATEGIES

September 27-December 13
3:30pm – 6:00pm
Centre for Social Innovation, ING Room, ground level
720 Bathurst Street (one block south of Bloor), Toronto

One of the key features of the continuing deep economic crisis facing Canadian workers is the attack on long established pension and retirement benefits, which are now dismissed as a costly frill that only benefits a shrinking minority of the workforce. The defence of these benefits by trade unions is becoming more difficult and divisive – it risks appearing self-serving in a context where the older notion that private, employer-based plans might serve as a positive step toward a universal system of full coverage for all workers is no longer credible.

Workshop Coordinators:
• Convenor: Kevin Skerrett (Canadian Union of Public Employees), kevin.skerrett@gmail.com
• Greg Albo (Centre for Social Justice), albo@yorku.ca

Each of the six workshops will be held on Friday afternoons from 3:30pm – 6:00pm, every other week. (We will skip November 8th, and use November 15th in its place)

*** We ask that those interested in attending please register and RSVP their interest to Kevin Skerrett, at kevin.skerrett@gmail.com ***

For more info: http://www.socialjustice.org/community/Pensions.pdf

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre (York University), Canada Research Chair in Political Economy (York University) and Socialist Project

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EXHIBITION – THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN PEACE: 40 YEAR COMMEMORATION OF CHILE’S LOST DEMOCRACY

Friday, Sep 6 to Wednesday, Sep 11
Closing reception: Wednesday, Sep 11 @ 7 pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto
(Bloor & Bathurst)

A multimedia exhibition to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the CIA-sponsored military coup in Chile which deposed the democratic government of Salvador Allende.  The exhibition is an opportunity to reflect on this period in history which for many marked the beginning of the slide to neoliberal economy and politics and to hear voices calling for equity and justice.

Collective Alas rescues and salvages artifacts that at one point were designated subversive, and as a consequence dangerous to the military regime of Agusto Pinochet (1973-1990). Alas gathers magazines, film, newspaper articles, books, audio cassettes, vinyl, and posters that were destroyed by the military. During this period, people risked their lives to preserve these items. Poetry, music and articles were considered subversive because they denounced a dictatorial regime.  Alas’ mission is to reflect on our collective memory and work towards greater understanding, justice and human rights for all. The closing reception on September 11 will feature live musical performances.

To learn more: http://beitzatoun.org/event/exhibition-the-right-to-live-in-peace/

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NEWS & VIEWS

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT: HELP FREE TAREK AND JOHN

On Friday August 16th, Tarek Loubani, a Canadian emergency physician and John Greyson, a Canadian filmmaker and professor were arrested by Egyptian authorities. Tarek and John were on their way to Gaza — where Tarek was to work at Al Shifa Hospital, and John to explore the possibility of making a film about the work.

Days later, Tarek and John are still being held in Cairo’s Tora prison. Egyptian officials have given no clear reason for their arrest.  In fact, a recent press release by a Cairo district prosecution states that 9 foreigners, including John and Tarek, will be detained for 15 days, pending investigations.  Egypt is going through a turbulent time, and after hundreds were killed in violent clashes last week, foreigners, particularly journalists are being targeted. We need to get our friends out of there.

Family and friends are worried sick about their safety. Pressure from the Canadian government is our best hope. We must pressure our government to demand their freedom and pressure the Egyptian authorities to let them go. Thank you for your action on this urgent matter!

To find out how to help: http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/canadian-government-help-free-tarek-and-john

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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT: ONLINE INFO

The Ottawa Network for Education (ONE) has created an excellent online resource relating to assistive technology support to enhance academic access. The website includes a number of captioned videos which are excellent. The English and French ONE Assistive Technology Support websites are highlighted below:
http://www.onfe-rope.ca/programs/assistive-technology-support
http://www.onfe-rope.ca/fr/programs/l%E2%80%99initiative-d%E2%80%99appui-aux-technologies-d%E2%80%99aide

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RANK AND FILE PODCAST WITH KYLE BUOTT

Dave Bush speaks with Kyle Buott, President of the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council, about trade unionism and worker activism. Kyle addresses the political importance of local labour councils in regional labour movement struggles and building solidarity between workplace issues and social movements.
http://rankandfile.ca/2013/08/21/rank-and-file-podcast-with-kyle-buott/

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DECENT JOBS, HOUSING, AND EDUCATION: MLK’S STILL ELUSIVE DREAM

By Michael K. Honey, History News Network

A quarter of a million people rallied “For Jobs and Freedom” at the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963, and tens if not hundreds of thousands will do so again at this year’s fifty-year commemorations of the event.

See: http://hnn.us/articles/decent-jobs-housing-and-education-mlks-still-elusive-dream

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CLC ENDORSES CONSUMER BOYCOTT OF LABATT IMPORTS: ST. JOHN’S BREWERY WORKERS ON STRIKE SINCE APRIL

OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress has endorsed a national consumer boycott against a number of imported brands of Labatt beer and is calling on the company to return to the bargaining table.

“This is a David and Goliath struggle between about 50 local workers and the world’s largest multi-national brewing corporation trying to force its employees into a race to the bottom,” says CLC President Ken Georgetti. “Canadian workers and their unions are not going to stand idly by and allow
this to happen.”

The workers in St. John’s have been on strike since April 10. They are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public Employees (NAPE/NUPGE). Their employer is the Canadian division of the Anheuser-Busch InBev brewing corporation, which has after-tax profits of more than $9 billion.

The Labatt imports being targeted for boycott include Stella Artois, Becks, and Lowenbrau. The focus is on imported products in order to prevent other unionized Labatt employees in Canada from experiencing a loss of work.

In Newfoundland and Labrador people are also being urged to boycott a number of other Labatt beers, including Budweiser, Labatt Blue, Alexander Keith’s and Kokanee.

For more info: http://www.canadianlabour.ca/national/news/clc-endorses-consumer-boycott-labatt-imports-st-john-s-brewery-workers-strike-april

For a list of union-made beers: http://www.alternet.org/labor/union-beer-you-are-drinking?page=0%2C0

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TORONTO PLAZA HOTEL WORKERS’ STRIKE INTO ITS 14TH WEEK

On strike for 14 long weeks, the USW members at the Toronto Plaza Hotel know exactly what their employer thinks of them.  They know because he tells the world he thinks they are “animals”.  And apparently “animals” shouldn’t receive any benefits and aren’t entitled to union representation in the workplace.  Tell him and his financial backers he’s wrong and tell the workers you’re standing with them HERE: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1938&src=canadamail

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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=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

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North Atlantic Oscillation

North Atlantic Oscillation

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY RELOADED

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Solidarity Reloaded

Trade Unions and other Social Movements: Between the Challenges and Opportunities of Globalisation
Graduate Conference 2014
April 1-4, 2014
Georg-August University of Göttingen, Conference Centre by the Historical Observatory. Organised by the Hans Böckler Foundation in cooperation with the Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences (GGG)

Against the backdrop of economic globalisation, the transnational networking and cooperation of trade unions and other social movements has increasingly gained attention in social movement and trade union research. As capital now increasingly moves in global terms and political and economic decision-making processes no longer occur exclusively at the national level, trade unions and other social movements now also face the challenge of collaborating across borders. International solidarity seems more necessary than ever – while simultaneously ‘uneven geographical development’ (Harvey) often makes this increasingly difficult. At the same time, however, globalisation as well as social transnationalisation processes seem to open up new possibilities for international solidarity. Simplified travel and communication options facilitated especially by the internet as well as the emergence of a global public at large all make easier cross-border diffusion of ideas, frames and collective identities.

These developments are analysed by different disciplines, with scientists often referring to international solidarity as a natural basis for transnational action. However, the concept of international solidarity proper often remains vague in scientific debates. A particular shortfall here is the lack of noteworthy theoretical development about what international solidarity actually is and what conditions favour or inhibit it. In this context, equally meagre attention has hitherto focused on the relationship between solidarity, interest and empathy on an international scale.

This multi-disciplinary conference aims to contribute to a better understanding of the foundations for international solidarity among workers, trade unions and other social movements in such areas as migration, feminism, climate change, and in view of the protests against European austerity policies. Furthermore, it intends to analyse what windows of opportunity might open up in the age of economic globalisation and social transnationalisation. The conference aims to bring together trade union and social movement research as well as research and practice in a debate on international solidarity, thereby contributing to the development of theories. To this end, questions as to the relationship between shared interests and identification and/or empathy in a globalised and transnationalised world are to be re-formulated. Forming a special focus here will be the commonalities and differences between workers’ movements and other social movements.

The questions to be debated at the conference include:
*�� What is solidarity across borders based upon? What are its foundations and prerequisites? What is the difference between international workers’ solidarity and the solidarity of other social movements?
*�� What contribution do concepts from movement research such as frames and opportunity structures bring to the understanding of international solidarity?
*�� How can the relationship between common interests and “emotional” factors and/or empathy and shared identity be determined? How could this relationship change within the context of globalisation and transnationalisation?
*�� What are the obstacles to, but also opportunities for, international solidarity in social movements and trade unions?
*�� What are the prerequisites for organising international solidarity along supply chains and/or in transnational corporate networks? What role does international solidarity play in the revitalisation of trade unions?
*�� What specific role do developments such as the transnationalisation of social life, the digitalisation of communication and extended travel possibilities play in promoting international solidarity?
*�� What role does the internet play as a space for the transnational public at large? What (catalyst) effects are proven to result from transnational solidarity?
*�� What can trade unions learn from other social movements such as the feminist, environmental or development policy movements, and vice versa?
*�� What difficulties – but also perspectives and needs – exist for alliances between trade unions and other social movements on an international scale?

Addressees of the Conference
The conference targets doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers as well as researchers on the cusp of research and practice. It provides a forum for discussing one’s own questions, theses, theoretical ramifications, methodological approaches and challenges. Interested scientists are requested to submit exposés that deal with international solidarity issues of labour organisations and social movements in general, against the background of growing transnationalisation. A special focus at the conference will be to debate cross-border approaches pursued by trade unions and social movements which contribute to further theoretical understanding of solidarity and its prerequisites.

Programme and Organisation
Sarah Bormann, Shuwen Bian, Jenny Jungehülsing, Martina Hartung and Florian Schubert
(Hans Böckler Foundation doctoral scholarship holders)
Doctoral Scholarship Department of the Hans Böckler Foundation
Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences

Details and Deadlines
Interested parties are kindly requested to e-mail a 1 to 2-page abstract in German or English as well as a brief biography and details on their research profile to WT@boeckler.de by no later than 6 September 2013.

For enquiries also contact this address or call the Scholarship Department of the Hans Böckler Foundation (Dr Susanne Schedel on tel. ++49(0)211/7778-301).
The contributions will be selected in late September. Conference languages are German and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided. The Hans Böckler Foundation will bear the costs of board and lodging. It will also bear the travel costs of conference speakers and Hans Böckler Foundation scholarship holders.

Contact
Dr Susanne Schedel
Hans Böckler Foundation
Doctoral Scholarship Department
Hans-Böckler-Strasse 39
40476 Düsseldorf
WT@boeckler.de

 

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-international-solidarity-reloaded.-trade-unions-and-other-social-movements-between-the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-globalisation-graduate-conference-2014

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

LONDON INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION (LICE-2013)

Kindly email this call for papers to your colleagues, faculty members and postgraduate students.

CALL FOR PAPERS, EXTENDED ABSTRACTS, POSTERS, WORKSHOPS AND TUTORIALS!
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London International Conference on Education (LICE-2013)
November 4-6, 2013, London, UK
(http://www.liceducation.org)
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The London International Conference on Education (LICE) is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The LICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.

The aim of LICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The LICE-2013 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation. All accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.

The topics in LICE-2013 include but are not confined to the following areas:
*Academic Advising and Counselling
*Art Education
*Adult Education
*APD/Listening and Acoustics in Education Environment
*Business Education
*Counsellor Education
*Curriculum, Research and Development
*Distance Education
*Early Childhood Education
*Educational Administration
*Educational Foundations
*Educational Psychology
*Educational Technology
*Education Policy and Leadership
*Elementary Education
*E-Learning
*ESL/TESL
*Health Education
*Higher Education
*History
*Human Resource Development
*Indigenous Education
*ICT Education
*Kinesiology & Leisure Science
*K12
*Language Education
*Mathematics Education
*Multi-Virtual Environment
*Music Education
*Pedagogy
*Physical Education (PE)
*Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
*Reading Education
*Religion and Education Studies
*Rural Education
*Science Education
*Secondary Education
*Second life Educators
*Social Studies Education
*Special Education
*Student Affairs
*Teacher Education
*Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
*E-Society
*Other Areas of Education

IMPORTANT DATES:
Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Submission Date: Extended September 15, 2013
Notification of Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Acceptance/Rejection: Extended September 25, 2013
Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Submission Date:Extended September 10, 2013
Notification of Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Acceptance / Rejection: Extended September 30, 2013
Proposal for Workshops: Extended September 05, 2013
Notification of Workshop Acceptance/Rejection: Extended September 15, 2013
Poster/Demo Proposal Submission: August 31, 2013
Notification of Poster/Demo Acceptance: September 10, 2013
Camera Ready Paper Due: Extended October 10, 2013
Participant(s) Registration (Open): May 01, 2013
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Extended September 30, 2013
Late Bird Registration Deadline (Authors only): October 01 to October 15, 2013
Late Bird Registration Deadline (Participants only): October 01 to November 03, 2013
Conference Dates: November 4-6, 2013

For further information, please visit http://www.liceducation.org

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

SOCIETY FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL STUDY OF EDUCATION – CALL FOR PAPERS

Call for Papers

SPSE 2013

The annual meeting of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education (SPSE) will be November 8th and 9th, hosted at two locations (one Friday, the other Saturday) of Columbia College, in downtown Chicago.

The program committee invites papers to be submitted for presentation at the annual meeting and for possible subsequent publication in the Journal of the Philosophical Study of Education. The committee also welcomes group sessions and “author meets critics” sessions on recently published books.

The Program Committee will only review submissions made in accordance with the instructions below.

 

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

Submit blind proposals as a Word or PDF attachment to SPSEChicago@gmail.com by September 1st, with “SPSE 2013” in the subject line. In the body of your e-mail, please provide the following contact information:

     Name

     Institutional Affiliation

     Email address

     Phone number

     Mailing address

Submissions may range from one-page abstracts up to 1000 word summaries, including references. If the session being proposed involves multiple presenters, please specify the contribution of each presenter.

SPSE enthusiastically encourages submissions from graduate students. Accepted graduate student papers will be considered for the SPSE graduate student awards.

SPSE: http://spse.us/spse/mpes.html

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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

 

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

FOUCAULT AND RESISTANCE THROUGH MARX AND MARCUSE – KEVIN ANDERSON

[Vancouver] Casting a Critical Eye on the Foucauldian Concept of Resistance, in Light of Marcuse and Marx, by Kevin B. Anderson

Casting a Critical Eye on the Foucauldian Concept of Resistance, in Light of Marcuse and Marx

Kevin Anderson

Vancouver

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Public Lecture: Kevin B. Anderson
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:00 p.m. – SFU Harbour Ctr. Room tba

The Foucauldian concept of specific forms of resistance has come to the fore in radical thought, as seen in terrains as diverse as academic social theory and anarchist activism. It has displaced earlier concepts of emancipation rooted in abstract universals (Marcuse), but at a price. Marx’s emancipatory but concrete dialectic of class and ethnicity goes beyond both of these one-sided perspectives.

Kevin B. Anderson teaches Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among his most recent books are Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (with Janet Afary, 2005) and Marx at the Margins (2010).

See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/events/casting-a-critical-eye-on-the-foucauldian-concept-of-resistance-in-light-of-marcuse-and-marx-by-kevin-b-anderson

 

Herbert Marcuse

Herbert Marcuse

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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

 

Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg

PARIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROSA LUXEMBURG

[Paris] International Conference on Rosa Luxemburg

Friday, October 4, 2013

Paris, Sorbonne, October 4 and 5, 2013

Conference Languages: French and English with Simultaneous Translation

Rosa Luxemburg’s Concepts of Democracy and Revolution

Sponsored by the International Rosa Luxemburg Society

One of the most important contributions of Rosa Luxemburg to modern Marxist thought is her refusal to separate the concepts of “democracy” and “revolution”. This approach is developed in a) her criticism of the limits of bourgeois democracy, b) her conception of the revolutionary struggle as democratic self-emancipation of the great masses, c) her vision of socialist democracy with the workers’ councils’ system as a possible form of “dictatorship of the proletariat”, and d) her firm insistence – in discussion with Russian revolutionaries – on the importance of democratic freedoms in the transition towards socialism.

We will deal with the question of democracy in her writings on Marxism, on political economy and on the national question (self-administration and national autonomy as democratic solutions).

These are issues that remain relevant at the beginning of the 21st Century. The aim of the Conference will be not only to analyze the historical aspects and the texts themselves, but also the political significance of these issues, in an epoch that sees a crisis of democracy within the context of crisis in capitalist civilization.

For details, click HERE

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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

The Plebs League

The Plebs League

INDEPDENDENT WORKING CLASS EDUCATION

Saturday, 24 August, 11.30am

Radical Manchester: Reform, Riots and Revolution

Meeting point: Cooperative  Bank, corner of Balloon Street and Corporation Street

 

This walk is an introduction to Manchester’s radical history and will include the Co-operative movement, the Clarion newspaper, Marx and Engels, the Siege of Manchester, the Manchester Guardian, the Jacobite risings, the radicals of the 1790s, the American Civil War and the Cotton Famine, the International Brigade, and riots in Albert Square. £6/£5

Advance booking recommended : redflagwalks@gmail.com.

More information: http//: redflagwalks.wordpress.com

The walks will be led by Michael Herbert who has been researching, writing and speaking about Manchester’s radical history for many years. His latest book “Up Then Brave Women; Manchester’s Radical Women 1819-1918 was published in October 2012.  In June 2013 he was filmed with Maxine Peake  and Miranda Sawyer for the BBC programme The Culture Show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01cx83y

IWCE: http://iwceducation.co.uk/

 

About IWCE

The Independent Working Class Education Project aims to learn the lessons of history to inform current class struggle. Inspired by the Ruskin Students strike of 1909, we organise open informed discussions and look at how interesting presentations can be used in a variety of circumstances.

We offer materials and contacts and always try to operate in a non-sectarian way; we are not committed to any particular political current.

IWCE Project hopes to:

* Respect the role of the working class in making history, and in making the future

* Seek to offer a diverse range of education materials and approaches for trade union and other working class and progressive movement groups

We want to rebuild the tradition of independent working-class education (IWCE) that used to exist across many parts of England, Scotland and Wales.

This tradition goes back to the industrial revolution and the growth of a modern working class. Attempts by the employers to use adult education to buy workers off go back almost as far.

Educational initiatives by and for workers themselves probably reached their high point in the early 1900s, with the setting-up of the Plebs’ League (1908), the ‘strike’ by students at Ruskin College (1909), and the founding of the Scottish Labour College. (1916). By the General Strike, more than 30,000 workers were studying regularly in classes run by the National Council for Labour Colleges, which took over from the Plebs League in 1921. But from 1926 onwards decline set in.

Both the Plebs’ League and the Scottish Labour College believed that activists should learn about the history of workers’ attempts to organise, about economics seen from the workers’ side, and about how to think out complex issues for yourself. They were against trusting the bosses to provide education in these areas, and they rejected attempts by the Oxford University Extension Delegacy and the Workers’ Educational Association to foster class collaboration.

Between the 1950s and 2010 the powers-that-be extended university education to wider and wider circles of people. Some of this was to do with producing scientists and technical personnel for industry but some of it, especially in the humanities and social sciences, was about trying to cream off and neutralise sections of the working class; in short, an expanded version of the strategy that goes back to 1909 and beyond.

When it came to power in 2010 the Coalition began to move decisively away from that strategy. It has abolished state funding for all university teaching other than in science, technology and maths, and raised by 300 per cent the level of fees brought in under Tony Blair. Meanwhile, the need of working-class people in general, and activists in particular, for valid education in such areas as history, economics and philosophy is greater than ever.

We can’t deal with this situation by copying what people did in the past. We need to base ourselves on the same principles as them, but also to take account of the changed situation. This includes the export of industrial production to lower wage economies overseas, and the destruction of jobs – and hence of union power bases – for example, in coalmining, steel, shipbuilding, engineering, car-making, the docks and printing – and all the demoralisation that goes with this. It also includes terrifying damage to the environment. We need urgently to redefine IWCE for the present day and the future, and rebuild it accordingly.

‘Working-class’ now must mean wage earners – and those who desperately need to become wage earners – in every field, including the service and public sectors, and many of those who are nominally self-employed, plus their dependents. ‘Education’ must mean workers helping one another to become aware of the whole truth and nothing but the truth about how things are and how they might be. And ‘independent’ must mean controlled by working people themselves. In the world today, effective working-class self-organisation demands IWCE.

Do you share this perspective? If so, we want to work with you, both to think these ideas through further and to start rebuilding valid workers’ education.

Please contact us

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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

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

 

 

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

EDUCATION FOR ACTION

Inspired by the debates in the ‘uncut’ and ‘occupy’ movements around the globe, a group of us have been meeting in Leeds to talk about what’s been happening to adult and workers’ education. We’d like to ask you to join in our discussions so we can generate ideas and action that work in communities and trade unions and inspire new ideas about the content and delivery of an education that we own ourselves.

This group has started to evolve. We are a loose collective that is committed to empowerment through education for a social purpose. Education is being turned into an economic commodity and is being slowly privatised in the interests of the rich and powerful. We want to join forces with others who oppose those that want to reduce the experience of living (for the 99%) to providing consumer demand for stuff!

See: http://education4action.wordpress.com/

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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

IT 17RETHINKING DOMINATION AND HEGEMONY IN TRANSLATION: THE FIRST DRAFT PROGRAMME

We are pleased to announce the first draft programme for our forthcoming conference: http://power.bangor.ac.uk/programme.php.en?menu=4&catid=11512&subid=0

If you want to register as a participant, please send an email to the organisers: translationconference2013@bangor.ac.uk

With best wishes,
Stefan Baumgarten

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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

All that is Solid for Glenn Rikowski: https://rikowski.wordpress.com

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

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

 

Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society, by Glenn Rikowski is at Heathwood Press and can be viewed at: http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

Negative CapitalismNEGATIVE CAPITALISM:  CYNICISM IN THE NEOLIBERAL ERA

With J.D Taylor (author of the book) and Mark Fisher

Wednesday 11th September, 7.00pm

Housmans Bookshop

5 Caledonian Road

King’s Cross

London, N1 9DX

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase, unless otherwise stated

http://www.housmans.com

 

Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era (Zer0 Books, 2013)

Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era offers a new conceptual framework for understanding the current economic crisis. Through a ranging series of analyses and perspectives, it argues that cynicism has become culturally embedded in the UK and US as an effect of disempowerment by neoliberal capitalism. Yet despite the deprivation and collapse of key social infrastructure like representative democracy, welfare, workers’ rights and equal access to resources, there has so far been no collective, effective and sustained overthrow of capitalism. Why is this? The book’s central call is for new strategies that unravel this narcissistic cynicism, embracing social democracy, constitutional rights, mass bankruptcies and animate sabotage. Kafka, Foucault, Ballard and de Sade are clashed with the X-Factor, ruinporn, London, and the artwork of Laura Oldfield Ford. Negative Capitalism’s polemic is written to incite responses against the cynical malaise of the neoliberal era. (From the publisher, see more at: http://www.zero-books.net/books/negative-capitalism)

 

Mark Fisher is author of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Zer0 Books, 2009)

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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

All that is Solid for Glenn Rikowski: https://rikowski.wordpress.com

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

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

Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society, by Glenn Rikowski is at Heathwood Press and can be viewed at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

Heathwood Institute & Press

Heathwood Institute & Press

HEATHWOOD INSTITUTE & PRESS: NEW FUNDING CAMPAIGN

Dear All

We’ve recently launched a new fundraising campaign on Indiegogo and are calling on everyone’s support to help us reach our goal. A breakdown of our funding campaign can be read below. If you could forward this e-mail onto friends and colleagues, it would be greatly appreciated. (For more information about our funding drive, please visit our campaign page: http://igg.me/at/heathwood-institute-and-press/x/4227978

Sincerely,
Robert C. Smith
Director and Researcher
Heathwood Institute and Press

Website: http://www.heathwoodpress.com
Email: robert.smith@heathwoodpress.com
Phone: +44 (0) 07919252541
Address: Barn Cottage, 7 Hempstead Road,
Holt, Norfolk, United Kingdom, NR25 6DL

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Short Summary

Heathwood Institute and Press is a non-profit, critical theoretical organisation that was formed by a collective of academic researchers across a wide range of disciplines.

Motivated and inspired by Frankfurt School critical theory, our aim is to investigate the root causes of social, economic and environmental inequality by offering foundational, multidimensional and holistic social critique as well as developing concrete, critical alternatives to the type of social policy symptomatic of today’s highly unjust societies.

We delve into history, anthropology, psychology and sociology, and ask fundamental questions about the way we as humans have historically related to ourselves, the world and each other. We look at how we humans respond to our experiences (emotionally, psychologically, and in our actions) and why we organise our institutions, societies and belief systems in the ways that we do. We ask hard questions about our theories of religion, knowledge and education, and about how we build and perpetuate ideologies and economic systems. In essence, we seek to understand how, why and when we relate to ourselves, the world and each other in destructive ways, and ultimately to develop new, healthier ways of relating and acting in the world.

To do this we bring together academics from a range of disciplines; economists, sociologists, anthropologists, educationalists, philosophers, theologians …

One of our aims is to take what we perceive to be of value from the traditions of the Frankfurt School, and to retrieve, redevelop, rework and advance it to be relevant and useful in 21st Century society. In building on and extending the traditions of Frankfurt School critical theory, we strive to not only challenge existing fields of research and policy, but also to fundamentally challenge from a foundational and multidisciplinary perspective the existing social model as a whole, with a mind towards promoting systemic change.

Through our research we are working to develop an understanding of the meaning of healthy social progress in the 21st Century from a holistic, integrated and methodologically unique perspective. We aim to achieve this through the advancement of critical theoretical thought by calling for new standpoints of critique and ultimately grounding our calls for new norms of critique according to a foundational, multidimensional critical theory of society.

In the interests of social progress we are geared toward excellence in scholarship and distinguished merit in terms of providing ground breaking research in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics, Psychology and Education, with the ultimate goal of communicating the findings of our research in an engaging, practical manner that is both applicable to policy makers and accessible to the general public.

Originally founded in December 2011 by a group of well-respected researchers, academics and activists, we are now actively bringing together and supporting individuals who are leaders in their area and whose research possesses the potential to break new grounds in addressing the problems that we face in today’s world.

For more information, please see the ‘About us’ section of our website, where you can find our full mission statement, statement of need, programme description, a comprehensive breakdown of our progressive, eco-friendly (print) publishing model, and even our (digital) democratic publishing initiative: http://www.heathwoodpress.com/advancing-frankfurt-school-critical-theory/

Mission Statement

The mission of Heathwood Institute and Press is to address the root causes of social, economic and environmental inequality, and to also develop healthy and sustainable alternative ways of being. In the process we are also committed to the promotion of an informed and engaged citizenry; to promote a foundational awareness and understanding of social, cultural, economic and political processes; as well as to fight economic and social injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and society and the natural systems upon which all life depends.

By investigating more generally the idea of ‘damaged society’ our goal is to produce highly respectable, critical works, whose seminal theses offer more broad foundations for concrete, critical alternatives which affirm the notion of systemic change and the need for fundamental public policy shifts. We seek to further this mission by advancing Frankfurt School critical theory in the 21st Century.

In principle, our mission is three-fold:
1) To understand the fundamental human issues that prevent individual and collective harmony and well-being, and that impede social progress as well as the healthy development of Western civilization;
2) To identify catalysts for change on a fundamental level across the different spheres of society;
3) To engage with researchers, policy makers and most importantly the general public in effort to promote critical dialogue as well as active leadership and participation in the manifestation of social change

We’re an independent, autonomous research organisation in the truest sense

Heathwood is a non-profit organisation that works hard to maintain independent status as well as a respectable distance from corporate and market forces.

In order to maintain our critical stance, we choose to adopt a wholly autonomous economic and political position in the face of society’s present socioeconomic-political circumstance. For these reasons we do not have shareholders or trustees. Nor do we have ties with multinational corporations or to the more general distortions of the global market.

In the same sentiment, Heathwood does not under any circumstance accept conditional funding. In this respect we are proud and, indeed, humbled to be one of the few remaining independent academic groups left.

But as a wholly independent organisation it is not always easy to financially sustain the type of autonomous practice we believe in, especially as predominant economic policy continues to strangle the independent and public spheres of our society.

Therefore if you would like to support Heathwood, its growing list of authors and researchers, and the development of new works, any amount of financial support will go a long way toward sustaining the daily practice of our organisation.

What We Need: A breakdown of funding requirements

Every donation, big or small, is highly valued and goes a long way in supporting both new research and the publication of new works as well as contributing toward the daily operating costs of the organisation.

Our funding campaign can be broken down as follows:
Our goal is to raise £40,000 for the following academic year, which will support the organisation’s operational costs until more sustainable funding sources can be identified. It will also contribute significantly to future publication costs, website maintenance, the salary of its director Robert C. Smith, and the part-time employment of two academic research associates.
In addition, this money will not only help support the organisation’s key project, which centers around investigating the roots of social, economic and environmental inequality. It will also enable the organisation to continue to its (free) online publication programme, which supports the democratic rights of citizens to have free access to information without any sort of monetary barriers or discriminations.

The funds you donate will also assist us in expanding our roster of international academics and researchers from all disciplines. This is crucial because the more researchers we’re able to support from across all academic disciplines, the greater our multidisciplinary voice and the better our ability to ultimately break new grounds in understanding the fundamental problems of contemporary society.

A large portion of our total funding goal will also go toward costs for much needed editorial support and the translation of new works from German to English. It will also assist us in the continuing development of the organisation’s Frankfurt School (digital) archives, which has become a valuable resource for students, academics, researchers, and engaged citizens.
If the organisation does not reach its total goal in obtaining £40,000, the money that is donated will still be put toward the needs stated above.

The Impact

Your contribution will make a significant impact in terms of supporting Heathwood’s project when it comes to understanding the meaning of ‘social progress’ in 21st Century society. It will support further research developments in the areas of foundational social critique as well as the generation of new works that deal with concrete, critical alternatives in the areas of economics, philosophy, psychology, anthropology and education. 

Already our organisation has gained extremely positive feedback from academic circles all over the world. With a large and continuously growing readership ranging from academics to ‘everyday citizens’, your financial support will have a direct impact on the future of our collective project and will allow us to continue to establish an open, alternative democratic dialogue with readers, researchers and policy makers.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you cannot contribute financially, there are still other ways you can support Heathwood and its members:

Help us speread the word via social media

Contribute to discussions on our website – share your thoughts on important social matters.

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
Address: Barn Cottage, 7 Hempstead Road,
Holt, Norfolk, United Kingdom, NR25 6DL

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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

 

Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society, by Glenn Rikowski is at Heathwood Press and can be viewed at: http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION CONFERENCE

The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, 2 Butcher Row, London, E14 8DS, UK

19th and 20th November, 2013

 

Programme

 

TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2013

ARRIVAL AND REGISTRATION        09.30 – 11.00 [Coffee available]

Welcome and introduction

 

1. Education and Power

Naomi Hodgson, Antonia Kupfer & Peter Mayo

Institute of Education, London, Universities of Southampton and Malta

11.15-12.55

       

Lunch:       13.00 – 14.00

 

2. Elite schools in a new field of power?  Schooling and international student mobility in the UK

Rachel Brooks & Johanna Waters, Universities of Surrey and Oxford

14.00-15.15

 

3. Elite schools in Ireland: the complexities of distinction in an economically selective, state-funded market

Aline Courtois, HibernianCollege, Dublin, Ireland

15.15 – 16.30

       

Tea:          16.30-16.45                       

 

4. KEYNOTE LECTURE

Jane Kenway, Monash University, Australia

17.00-18.30                               

       

Dinner:      19.00

 

WEDNESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2013

 

5. Private-elite schools – a fuzzy boundary?  The ordering of the private education marketplace in England

Claire Maxwell, Institute of Education, London

09.00 -10.15

               

6. Diaspora Dilemmas:  an educational ethnography of second-generation Afro-Caribbeans in London & New York

Derron Wallace, University of Cambridge

10.15 – 11.30

 

Coffee:      11.30 – 12.00

 

7. Comfort Radicalism and NEET: A conservative praxis

James Avis, University of Huddersfield

12.00 – 13.15

 

Lunch:       13.15 – 14.15

 

8. Theorizing policy in the sociology of education

Megan Lourie & Elizabeth Rata, University of Auckland, New Zealand

14.15 – 15.30

 

9. Youth education and employment:  the role of identity in post-18 choice making processes

Kate Hoskins, University of Roehampton

15.45 – 17.00

 

Tea and depart:  17.00  

 

END OF CONFERENCE

Deatials on Fees and Booking Form: http://www.bera.ac.uk/sigs/forums/international-sociology-education-conference-2013#node-829

Contact: Mrs Helen Oliver (h.j.oliver@shefffield.ac.uk)

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ 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