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Heathwood Institute & Press

Heathwood Institute & Press


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:

Robert C. Smith
Director and Researcher
Heathwood Institute and Press

Phone: +44 (0) 07919252541
Address: Barn Cottage, 7 Hempstead Road,
Holt, Norfolk, United Kingdom, NR25 6DL


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:

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
Phone: +44 (0) 07919252541
Address: Barn Cottage, 7 Hempstead Road,
Holt, Norfolk, United Kingdom, NR25 6DL




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


Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory


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

19th and 20th 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



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



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                       



Jane Kenway, Monash University, Australia



Dinner:      19.00




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  



Deatials on Fees and Booking Form:

Contact: Mrs Helen Oliver (



Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:


Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

Rikowski Point:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:

Online Publications at:




Edited by Slavoj Žižek


Published July 2013


Key theorists discuss the future of communism in New York.

The first volume of The Idea of Communism followed the 2009 London conference called in response to Alain Badiou’s ‘communist hypothesis’, where an all-star cast of radical intellectuals put the idea of communism back on the map.

This volume brings together papers from the subsequent 2011 New York conference organized by Verso and continues this critical discussion, highlighting the philosophical and political importance of the communist idea, in a world of financial and social turmoil.

Contributors include Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar, Bruno Bosteels, Susan Buck-Morss, Jodi Dean, Adrian Johnston, François Nicolas, Frank Ruda, Emmanuel Terray and Slavoj Žižek.

To see footage from the conference, visit:


Paperback / ISBN: 9781844679805 / $26.95 / £14.99 / $31.00CAN / 224 Pages

Hardback / ISBN 9781844679812 / $95.00 / £60.00 / $95.00CAN / 192 Pages

Available as a shrinkwrapped 2 volume set with the first volume of THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM / ISBN 9781781680728 / £25

For more information on THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM 2: THE NEW YORK CONFERENCE or to buy the book visit:

For information on THE IDEA OF COMMUNISM 1 or to buy the book visit:


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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

Rikowski Point:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:

Online Publications at:





Introducing: ‘Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities’ (GARJAH)

Dear Colleague,
I am pleased to inform you that our July 2013 issue Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities is out you can view this issue with the following link:

The Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities (GARJAH) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that will be published monthly by; GARJAH is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject.

Editors and Reviewers
GARJAH is seeking energetic, qualified and high profile researchers to join its editorial team as editors, subeditors or reviewers. Kindly send your resume to: or

Call for Research Articles
GARJAH will cover all areas of the subject. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:
*    Original articles in basic and applied research
*    Case studies
*    Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays

We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) for publication. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. Guide to authors and other details are available on our website:

GARJAH is an Open Access Journal
One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. GARJAH is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.

The advantages to you of publishing in Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities (GARJAH)
*    Full open access: everyone can read your article when it is published
*    Publishing decision within 3 weeks of submission
*    Prompt and fair peer review from two or more expert peer reviewers
*    Frequent updates on your paper?s status
*    Friendly responsive staff

We welcome all your submissions.
I hope you will consider Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities (GARJAH) for your next submission.

Warm regards,
Rex Temile
Editorial officer,
Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities (GARJAH)
E-mail: or


Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:


Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

Rikowski Point:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:

Online Publications at: