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ROUGE FORUM CONFERENCE – 2014

Dear Friends,

The Rouge Forum Dispatch is updated here:  http://www.richgibson.com/blog/
Details on the Rouge Forum Conference 2014 are here: http://rougeforumconference.wordpress.com/rouge-forum-2014-denver/rf-2014-call-for-proposals/

and below:

Call for Proposals — Rouge Forum 2014
The Struggle for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom
June 5-7, 2014
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
Join Us!!!

The core issue of our time is the clash of the real threat for perpetual war, climate chaos and catastrophe, and booming inequality met by the potential of connecting reason to power with organized mass class conscious resistance geared to the construction of a society grounded in substantive democracy.   The vital role schools play within communities brings forth its role as a central organizing site of community wide and global resistance.

To deepen and clarify our understanding of social justice and to develop pedagogies that will lead to organized mass class conscious resistance within schools and communities to overcome injustices, the Rouge Forum’s national conference brings together academic presentations, panel discussions, performances, dialogue, community building, and cultural events.

This year’s national conference, The Struggle for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom, is intended to bring forward that interconnectedness between what happens inside and outside classrooms.   The economic polarization over the past thirty years has enriched and empowered the ruling class.  The central role schools play for the ruling class in the (re)production of unequal social relations and its reinforcing ideological structure has become more intense as inequality expands.  However, schools have the possibility to resist this ruling class domination by challenging the historical role of schools and turning them into sites of resistance and transformation.  In other words, schools can become central sites in the class struggle.  Thus, what we do as students, educators and community members counts because we can either take the side of increased inequality and authoritarianism, or work to bring about social justice.   Join us at the Rouge Forum in Denver.  

To address the Struggle for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom, the Rouge Forum’s national conference will center on such questions as:
* How does inequality affect our classrooms, schools and communities?
* What is behind the intensification of K-12 factory schooling especially with the increased mania for core curriculum and the accompanying high stakes standardized testing? How are teachers responding to this intensification?
* What role do capitalism, imperialism and war play in our classrooms, schools and communities?
* What can we learn from our daily individual actions, more concerted actions within the United States such as the Occupy Movement and the Chicago teacher strike, and international actions to make us smarter and stronger in our struggle for social justice?
* What do we envision as a better society and how can we root that vision in the past to guide our actions in the present?
* What pedagogies are necessary to liberate ourselves from the oppressive structures and social relations that give rise to inequality?

Consider participating in the Rouge Forum in Denver and submit a proposal addressing the conference themes.

Individual Proposal (30 minutes)
The Rouge Forum welcomes individual proposals, with the understanding that those accepted might be grouped together around common or overlapping themes.   Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes to present with ten minutes for interaction and discussion with audience members.  Individual paper submissions will be considered for panels with the same topic/theme.   A 250-750 word abstract will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Panel Proposal (60-75 minutes)
A panel discussion is another venue available presenters. A panel discussion is typically composed of three to six participants who discuss their work within the context of a dialogue or conversation on a topic or theme related to the conference theme.  Typically, each panelist is given 10 minutes to discuss the topic, present theoretical ideas, and/or point to relevant research. A chair should be identified who introduces the panel and frames the issues and questions being addressed. In addition to the chair, we encourage (but do not require) organizers of panels to name a discussant to the comments of the panelists. Individual proposal submissions will be combined into panels with the same theme/topic. A 250-750 word abstract of the panel discussion will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Alternative Format and Special Interest Groups (30-60 minutes)
Alternative proposals that do not fit into the above categories, such as workshops, performances, video and multimedia presentations are encouraged.   We also welcome proposals for the organization of special interest groups. A 250-750 word abstract of the proposal will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Dialogues (30 minutes) A dialogue session would provide an opportunity for a “presenter” to facilitate a conversation around a particular issue.  A 250-750 word abstract of the proposal will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

SUBMISSIONS:  Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2014.  To submit a proposal click here.
QUESTIONS: For questions, contact Faith Wilson at fwilson@aurora.edu.

Good luck to our side

Rich Gibson

 

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

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Costas Lapavitsas

Costas Lapavitsas

FINANCIALIZATION IN CRISIS

Edited by COSTAS LAPAVITSAS

AVAILABLE NOW FROM HAYMARKET

A TITLE IN THE HISTORICAL MATERIALISM BOOK SERIES

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In this important and timely volume, a number of well-known political economists draw on the insights of Marxist and other heterodox economists to argue that the turmoil of 2007 to 2009 represents a crisis of financialized capitalism that can only be understood through tracing out the structural changes in the modern global economy. Carefully examining domestic and international aspects of the financialization of capitalism over the past thirty years, the contributors persuasively demonstrate that the ongoing economic crisis commenced in the sphere of finance, spread to production, and then became a world recession.
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Costas Lapavitsas is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has published extensively on the political economy of money and finance. His publications include Social Foundations of Markets, Money and Credit. 
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With Contributions From:
Carlos Morera Camacho • Paulo L. Dos Santos • Gary Dymski • Nuray Ergüneş • Makoto Itoh • Costas Lapavitsas • Juan Pablo Painceira • Demophanos Papadatos • José Antonio Rojas Nieto
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$28 / Paperback / 260 pages
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For more information or to buy the book visit: www.haymarketbooks.org

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-in-paperback-from-haymarket-financialization-in-crisis-by-costas-lapavitsas

 

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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

Karl & Jenny Marx

Karl & Jenny Marx

WORKERS’ INTERNATIONALISM BEFORE 1914

Conference: “Workers’ Internationalism before 1914”
15-16 February 2014, School of History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK

Call for Papers
2014 is the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the International Working Men’s Association in 1864. It is also the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Socialist International in 1889, and the centenary of the outbreak of the war which precipitated the collapse of that International.

To mark these anniversaries, UEA School of History, in conjunction with the journal Socialist History and the Institute of Working Class History (Chicago) are organising a conference on “Workers’ internationalism before 1914”. We are inviting proposals for papers on any aspect of the subject.

Themes might include:
• the historical experience of the internationals and their affiliated organisations
• cross-border labour organisation
• resistance to nationalist politics in multi-national states
• transnational and international solidarity
• migration and the transplantation of labour movement culture
• international causes celèbres
• political asylum and revolutionary exile
• speaking tours of socialist leaders

We are seeking papers of 5000 to 10000 words on various experiences or aspects of workers’ internationalism before 1914, to be presented at the seminar. Selected papers will be published in 2014 in a special issue of Socialist History devoted to the subject.

Queries and proposals for papers should be submitted by 1 October 2013 to internationalism1914@gmail.com. Attendance at the conference will be free of charge.

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-workers2019-internationalism-before-1914-uea-15-16-february

 

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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

Economics

Economics

INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR THE PROMOTION OF POLTICAL ECONOMY TRAINING WORKSHOP IN MARXIST POLITICAL ECONOMY

Following the success of previous Training Workshops, the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy will run a one-day introductory training workshop in Marxist Political Economy on 6 November 2013 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, the day before the start of the annual Historical Materialism Conference (also at SOAS).

We are seeking an audience of engaged participants, including undergraduate, postgraduate students, junior academics and activists, who have a particular interest in acquainting themselves with the basic principles of Marxian political economy.

As this is an introductory workshop, it will assume no prior knowledge and will be led by Simon Mohun and Alfredo Saad-Filho.

If you wish to attend the workshop, please send your name and occupation to Elisa Van Waeyenberge <ew23@soas.ac.uk> before 15th of October 2013.

 

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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

Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace

ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE: EXPLORER, EVOLUTIONIST, PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL

By Ted Benton

This new book is a contribution to the reassessment of Wallace’s legacy in the centenary year of his death. So far media coverage has focused on Wallace’s independent foundation of the theory of evolution by natural selection, and the attempts by the elite circle around Darwin to obscure Wallace’s achievement. Wallace is now fast achieving the credit that is due to him, but this book takes us much further. It shows that Wallace went on to make further major contributions to evolutionary theory and other aspects of the life sciences and, for more than half a century after the evolutionary breakthrough, became a prominent voice on the left.

From his early years he was inspired by the socialism of Robert Owen, and later was a leading campaigner for land nationalisation, Irish independence, women’s emancipation and for socialism. His thinking on all these topics was bold and original, and has much to offer for us today. It is likely that other contributions to the centenary celebrations will ignore most of this!

The book can be ordered from books@siriscientificpress.co.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

CLR James

CLR James

REVOLUTIONARY DIALECTICS AFTER MARX: C.L.R. JAMES AND RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013 

6:00-8:00 PM

WestsidePeaceCenter

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear)

Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building

Culver City (LA area)

 

Speaker:

Brian Lovato, author of a book in progress on James and Dunayevskaya

C.L.R. James and Raya Dunayevskaya both emerged out of the radical wing of the anti-Stalinist left during the 1940s. Before their break in 1955, they worked together in the “Johnson-Forest Tendency,” which elaborated new perspectives on race and class, on state-capitalism, on non-vanguardist forms of organization, and on dialectics. This meeting will concentrate on the latter point.  In 1948, James wrote “Notes on Dialectics,” an exploration of the dialectic in Hegel, Marx, and Lenin.  During this period, Dunayevskaya translated and commented upon Lenin’s “Philosophical Notebooks” and composed her “1953 Letters on Hegel’s Absolutes.”  Later, Dunayevskaya developed her version of the dialectic further, in works like “Philosophy and Revolution” (1973). We will explore this rich dialectical heritage as a crucial resource for today’s left.

Suggested readings:

“Review and Leninist Interlude,” from James, “Notes on Dialectics”: http://www.marxists.org/archive/james-clr/works/dialecti/james4.htm

1963 Dunayevskaya letter to Erich Fromm on Hegel’s “Phenomenology,” from Dunayevskaya, “Power of Negativity,” ed. Hudis and Anderson: http://newsandletters.org/issues/2008/Feb-March/FTA_Feb-Mar_08.htm

 

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya

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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

Forest Gate Hotel

Forest Gate Hotel

COAL PORTERS AT FOREST ROOTS

Dear Forest Roots Folk

Just a quick reminder that we start the season again at Forest Roots this Friday with the Coal Porters. They play their own renowned style of bluegrass and are all amazing musicians playing between them fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass:
“Not your average fish & chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution.” Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros).

You can check them out at www.sidgriffin.com or you’ll find lots of clips on YouTube.

As usual the Flats Family Band will be there as well as surprise guests and local performers so we hope you will come and support us on our first night back.
So that’s the Coal Porters on Friday, 27th September at Forest Roots, the Forest Gate Hotel, 105 Godwin Road, Forest Gate, E7 0LW.

Starts 8.30pm.

 

Stay forever young

Jenny and Caroline

 

Parish Notices

The Forest Run, Sun 6th October, WansteadPark starts 2pm at The Temple

Annual Fun Run supporting charities in Africa and Sri Lanka. More info email funrun@hotmail.co.uk. Entry fee £6 adults , £3 per child.

 

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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
 

David Harvey

David Harvey

CITIZENSHIP, ORIENTALISM AND THE COMMONS

 

Dear All

OECUMENE PROJECT and TEATRO VALLE OCCUPATO would like to make you aware of a 4-Day Seminar Event to be held at Teatro Valle in Rome:
CITIZENSHIP, ORIENTALISM AND THE COMMONS
25th – 28th September 2013

The event takes theatre to be a laboratory for the performances of critical political imaginaries on citizenship. Its conceptual core is a dialogue and translation between art, politics, and economics with a critical reflection on acts and practices of public engagement, common property, debt, and co-work. Bringing together scholars, artists and activists the event explores participatory forms of knowledge production, livelihood, civic action and resistance in and outside Europe through collective rehearsals, discussions and staged film performances. The Teatro Valle Occupato becomes our stage in which such political, ethical and aesthetic experiments are tested and played out.

Main speakers (there will be short commentaries and plenty of discussion time):

COSTAS DOUZINAS, DAVID HARVEY, and ENGIN ISIN.

The event is free and open to the public.
A pdf of the programme is available here: http://www.oecumene.eu/files/oecumene/Oecumene%20Project%20-%20Teatro%20Valle%20-%20ENG.pdf

Webpage (English): http://www.oecumene.eu/events/citizenship-orientalism-and-the-commons

Webpage (Italian): http://www.teatrovalleoccupato.it/lotte-spaziali-una-settimana-seminari-workshop-performance-dal-22-al-28-settembre-2013

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Dr Andrea Mura
Oecumene Project
The Open University
Faculty of Social Sciences
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Direct +44 (0) 1908 659 304
http://www.oecumene.eu/people/andrea-mura

 

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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 Future of Education

The Future of Education

NEARLY TEN YEARS AFTER: EXAMINING EDUCATION REFORM POST-KATRINA

CALL FOR PAPERS

Policy Futures in Education

NEARLY TEN YEARS AFTER: examining education reform post-Katrina
Guest Editor: LUIS MIRÓN, Loyola University New Orleans, USA

It has been almost 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region of the USA, wreaking in its path billions of dollars of damage and flooding 80% of buildings and homes in New Orleans. At the same time education activists, civic elites, and policymakers seized upon this crisis largely inflicted by the failures of the levee system, to enact unprecedented school reform measures. Today nearly all of the public schools in New Orleans are charter schools, semi privately led entities, which enjoy considerable autonomy to redesign curricula, contract with outside vendors to fiscally manage and operate the schools, hire and fire teachers and school leaders, and set pay scales largely as they see fit. As the New Orleans model gains traction nationally, this near-tenth anniversary of the storm presents an ideal opportunity to assess on balance, whether or not these reform have largely benefited or hurt students, their families, and the communities that their schools serve.

This Special Issue of Policy Futures in Education (www.wwwords.co.uk/PFIE) proposes to examine nearly a decade following Hurricane Katrina, both the educational and social consequences of the devastating man-made disaster, as well as its symbolic meaning. In particular the selection of invited articles will seek to analytically assess the claims of proponents and opponents of school reform and ‘ universal school choice.’ The latter includes the proliferation of charter schools, which, collectively, comprise nearly 90% of all public schools in New Orleans. Nearly Ten Years After will also seek to determine theoretically what these reforms and their long-term societal consequences might mean for specific populations.

The substantive issues that this special issue will address include but are not limited to the following:
– Quantitative and qualitative impacts on student achievement.
– The effects of ‘universal choice’ on students and families.
– The use of MGOs (management governance organizations).
– Privatization
– Unionization/collective bargaining
– National/international implications of the New Orleans model
– Spatial dynamics (geographical)
– Comparative case studies (e.g. Detroit and New Orleans)
– Neo-liberal trends
– African-American diaspora
– The meaning of ‘public education’
– The future of school reform

Deadline for the final draft of your paper is January 6, 2014. However, if you would find it helpful, please send a draft of your article by November 15, and the Guest Editor will provide feedback for any suggested revisions.

Please send contributions to: lfmiron@gmail.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

 

Archive

Archive

FORUM FOR PROMOTING 3-19 COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION – ARCHIVE

FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education

Every issue of FORUM from its first issue in 1958 is now freely available online at www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/maincontents.asp

For over fifty years FORUM has been in the thick of the struggle for comprehensive education in Britain.  Back in the Autumn of 1958 the inaugural issue declared that the journal would concern itself with four principal areas: the new types of school being developed around the country, the steps modern schools were taking to transcend their limitations, the attempt to re-think the way pupils were organised (which meant the movement away from streaming), and new approaches to the content of education.  The journal would provide a basis of facts and ideas, and a locus for lively discussion and the exchange of experiences.  Its pages would be steeped in the issues and questions of the day, for they would be written by those working in the new schools and committed to the new trends in education.

Now the FORUM archive offers readers the chance freely to access every single article ever published in the journal since its inception.  As well as scholarly pieces by writers such as Brian Simon, Michael Armstrong and Constance Rosen, readers will find first-hand accounts of classroom experience by teachers (for example: ‘teaching unstreamed English’ or ‘introducing Nuffield Science into school’).  They will find analysis of the politics of educational change from commentators as acute as Caroline Benn, Robin Pedley and Clyde Chitty.  They will find opinion and discussion pieces by teachers and academics, evidence presented to public commissions (notably the Plowden Committee), critical symposia, case-studies, book-reviews, even a range of adverts for educational books and materials.  ‘Forward Trends in the Treatment of Backward Children’, anyone?

FORUM declared itself a journal by and for teachers, administrators, advisers, parents, governors and councillors.  Their words, and the words of academics, fill the pages of the archive.  Politically engaged, always internationalist (for a while the journal even boasted an American correspondent), rooted in real classrooms and schools, and enduringly at the leading-edge of progressive educational change, the archive is a testimony to victories and defeats as experienced by those who participated in the struggle, and continue to do so.  Multi-racial and anti-racist education, testing and teaching, education 16-19, the 1988 Education Reform Act, assessment, provision for the rising-fives, new technologies in school, the reflective practitioner…  Decade by decade, such sub-headings indicate the wealth of material accessible now at www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/maincontents.asp

The Editorial Board of FORUM, and their publishers, are immensely grateful to Angela Cutts, Librarian at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and to her colleagues, who so kindly (and very bravely) allowed their stock of printed back numbers to be copied to create this archive.

 

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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

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 23rd SEPTEMBER 2013

EVENTS

THE NORTH AMERICAN LABOR HISTORY CONFERENCE 2013
2013 Theme: Geographies of Labor
Oct. 24-26
Detroit, Michigan

Over the last several centuries, transformations in technology and in economic, social, political, and cultural practices have created new spatial regimes within and across geographic boundaries. Whether negotiating the changes around them or taking advantage of new possibilities to shape alternatives, workers have been central to remapping this emergent environment. Inspired by the “spatial turn” in the social sciences, this conference will explore the myriad ways in which workers have interacted with a variety of geographic categories.

More info: http://nalhc.wayne.edu/

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DAVID ROVICS IN CONCERT

Back by popular demand!

Friday October 11, 2013
8 pm
Winchevsky Centre
585 Cranbrooke Ave., Toronto

Tickets: $20.00 at the door
$15.00 in advance (by Oct 10)
Reserve today!

For more info: (416) 789-5502 or info@winchevskycentre.org

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THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF WORKPLACE RESISTANCE:  U.S. AUTOWORKERS SPEAK OUT

Saturday October 26
1:00 pm
USW Hall, 25 Cecil St., Toronto

Three prominent UAW shop floor activists describe current life on American assembly lines and keeping resistance alive.

– At the height of the recent economic crisis auto companies were bailed out while workers’ concessions were accelerated and working conditions made even more brutal.
– Profits are now at record levels again but pressures on workers continue. What are the barriers to fighting back?

Intro: Sam Gindin, former Research Director of the (former) CAW

Speakers:
– Gregg Shotwell: 30 years at General Motors. Machine operator turned rebel. Generally recognized as one of the most articulate voices of the U.S. working class. Author of Autoworkers Under the Gun.
– Scott Holdieson: Electrician at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, writer and editor of the local union paper, long-time activist for union democracy and equality among workers.
– Sean Crawford: Great grandfather was Vice Chair of the Flint sit-down strike and great grandmother and great aunt were part of the Women’s Emergency Brigade. Hired on as lower-waged (‘second-tier’) worker at GM.

Sponsors: Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly at http://www.workersassembly.ca, Centre for Social Justice

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SEPTEMBER SALES AND EVENTS GALORE FOR GREAT TITLES!

Book lovers know that the fall is a time of new books, book events, and great deals. Our September book sale goes until the end of the month and you can get 50% off all of our labour/union titles and free shipping on ALL Between the Lines books. Click on our “labour and unions” category tab on our website to order your copies. We’ll have new books on sale and older books on deep sale.

Order here: http://btlbooks.com/categoryinfo.php?index=10

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GLOBAL LABOUR SPEAKER SERIES, FALL 2013: YOUNG WORKERS, UNPAID LABOUR AND THE INTERN ECONOMY

Thursday, October 3rd
12:00-2:00pm
Sociology Common Room / Vari Hall 2101
York University, Toronto

Speakers:
– Dr. Nicole Cohen: Assistant Professor, Institute of Communication Culture and Information Technology, University of Toronto Mississauga
– Andrew Langille: Lawyer, Andrew Langille Law Firm; founder, Youth and Work blog
– Katherine Lapointe: Canadian University Press Associate Member Program; Coordinator, Communication Workers of America Canada
– Sean Smith: Mobilizing Coordinator, Unifor Local 2002 (Airlines)

A collaboration of York University’s Global Labour Research Centre, Work & Labour Studies Program, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy, Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work.

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO – PRIME YOUR MIND FOR RESISTANCE TO THE “RIGHT TO WORK” LIE

Bankers get bailed out, corporations get incentives, workers get attacked… and ‘right to work’ laws threaten to take this much further.

Moderated by Tracy Macmaster, President of the OPSEU Greater Toronto Area Council.

Presentations by:
– John Cartwright, President of Toronto and York Region Labour Council
– Sonia Singh, Workers’ Action Centre
– Sam Gindin, Retired research director, CAW

Organized by the Labour Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls186.php

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VIDEO – UNIFOR INTERVIEW SERIES: BRUCE ALLEN, LOCAL 199

Over the next week, Rankandfile.ca will be publishing a series of interviews with Unifor union leaders, staff, and rank-and-file members.

We kick off our series with Bruce Allen, an outspoken member of the CAW/Unifor.

Bruce is Vice-President of the former CAW Local 199 (now Unifor) representing St. Catharines General Motors workers. He is also a Vice-President of the Niagara Regional Labour Council. On August 31, he nominated Lindsay Hinshelwood for Unifor president from the floor of the founding Unifor convention.

Watch the video: http://rankandfile.ca/2013/09/12/unifor-interview-series-bruce-allen-local-199/

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NEW BOOK – FROM DEMONIZED TO ORGANIZED: BUILDING THE NEW UNION MOVEMENT

Author(s): Nora Loreto

From the Introduction:

“This book seeks to explain unionization to my generation; to my friends who distrust civil society organizations as much as they distrust government; to my unemployed friends who are living from contract to contract and who would kill for a stable, unionized job; for the workers who have never had the benefit of being represented when facing injustice at work; for the workers who would rather not think of what would happen if they were injured on the job.

“It’s a reminder to unionized folks that many of the truths that they take for granted are not obvious to others and that the labour movement must change how it reaches out to its members, its communities and to non-unionized workers if it hopes to grow. It’s a call to action for activists to share their stories, debunk the existing right-wing, anti-union rhetoric, re-engage in their communities, and build a movement that can defeat neoliberal policies and their political proponents.”

See more at: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/demonized-organized#sthash.qP9m71YL.dpuf

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BEYOND THE ECONOMIC CRISIS: THE CRISIS IN TRADE UNIONISM

By Sam Gindin, The Bullet

Discussions on the left about the economy might be summarized as warning that things are going to get a lot worse before they get…worse. This is not just a matter of the sustained attacks on the labour movement but as much a reflection of the crisis within labour. For some three decades now, labour has been stumbling on, unable to organizationally or ideologically rebut the attacks summarized as ‘neoliberalism.’ Though the Great Financial Crisis held out the promise of finally exposing the right and its supporters and potentially opening the door to a union offensive and possible revival, the attacks on labour actually intensified and labour continues to have no coherent counter-response. As a prelude to directly addressing that impasse in labour, it is useful to begin with something that Greg Albo recently posed: What is the larger historical significance of this particular crisis?

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/878.php

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SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS – CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Are you passionate about film, workers’ struggles, activism or all three?

If you said yes please join us, the CLiFF Board of Directors. The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) is a publicly attended free film festival, which is national in scope. The first iteration of CLiFF was held in 2009 across Canada in nine provinces and all three territories. The Board of Directors is made up of volunteers from across Canada.

We are currently recruiting for people with any of the following experience:
– individuals from Atlantic Canada, Northern Canada, Quebec, Western provinces
– individuals with event planning experience
– individuals with fundraising experience.

Directors commit 3-5 hours per week and get to work with like-minded individuals who are passionate and committed to the success of CLiFF. Volunteers are also needed to promote and run the Toronto location of the film festival November 22 – November 24, 2014. Please forward all inquiries to: info@labourfilms.ca, 416-550-8694, or http://www.labourfilms.ca

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ADULT LEARNING JOURNAL CALL FOR PAPERS

Adult Learning is interested in publishing empirical research and conceptual papers and is actively soliciting manuscripts of 4,000-4,500 words.

Adult Learning is a practitioner-oriented journal sponsored by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) and published by SAGE. The journal publishes empirical research and conceptual papers for researchers and practitioners that approach practice issues with a problem-solving emphasis.  The audience includes those who design, manage, teach, and evaluate programs of adult and continuing education.

To learn more about the journal, go to http://alx.sagepub.com/

For information about submitting a manuscript, go to http://www.sagepub.com/journals/Journal202126/manuscriptSubmission

To submit a manuscript, go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/al

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Cherrstrom, managing editor, at adultlearning@tamu.edu

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JOB POSTINGS

TWO POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (CUNY) MURPHY INSTITUTE

1) Academic Program Manager for Labor Studies. The person in this position will oversee all labor programs at the Murphy Institute. These include a) graduate and undergraduate degree programs in Labor Studies, b) undergraduate and graduate certificates in Labor Relations (including the Institute’s joint Cornell/CUNY certificate), and c) New York Union Semester – a paid internship program for college credit. The Program Manager will supervise a Labor Studies team and will work closely with faculty, unionists, and university staff to the build labor programs. S/he will also be involved in other aspects of the Institute’s work, i.e., public programming, our journal (New Labor Forum), and non-credit training. The ideal candidate should have considerable experience in the labor movement and higher education administration. For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/1b6paUW

2) Coordinator, Union Semester Program. The individual in this position will supervise all aspects of Union Semester – the Murphy Institute’s internship program for visiting college students. S/he will work closely with faculty, union mentors, and Institute staff in such areas as admissions and registration, internship placement and mentor selection, student orientation, and academic progress. S/he will also be responsible for developing and implementing a recruitment plan to expand the program nationally and internationally. For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/19Ipky9

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ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR – ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING, DEPARTMENT OF LEADERSHIP, HIGHER AND ADULT EDUCATION, OISE/UT

Closing Date: October 15, 2013

The Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto invites applications from outstanding scholars for a tenure-stream appointment in Organizational Learning in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor and commence on July 1, 2014. The position resides in the Adult Education and Community Development program which is internationally recognized. We seek applicants with a doctorate in adult education or a related field, a distinguished record of research and teaching excellence in the area of organizational learning that fosters sustainable social change, both locally and globally.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in the growing range of theories, policies, and practices which promote, define and regulate learning opportunities for adults through organizations in Canada and internationally. In particular, we seek a dynamic educator with critical research and practice in some or all of the following areas: organizational learning, workplace leadership, team-based and professional learning, organizational development and change, and sustainable, collaborative and equitable practices in organizational settings.

For more info: https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1300977

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JOB DEVELOPER, LABOUR EDUCATION CENTRE (LEC), TORONTO

LEC’s Employment Service Program is part of the Employment Ontario (EO) network and plays a vital role in assisting workers and employers to meet the needs of the labour market.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated and experienced job developer to work with the Employment Service team to ensure the Youth Employment Fund (YEF) and Job Matching Placements and Incentives services (JMPI) are provided to employers and job seekers in the GTA.

The position is for 14 hours per week (or 2 days) and will run from October, 2013 to March 31, 2014 with the possibility of extension. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 4, 2013. Please send your resume and covering letter to wtanner@laboureducation.org in a single file with the filename in this format: (YOUR NAME) JD POSTING

More info: http://www.laboureducation.org

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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

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

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

IN MARX’S LABORATORY

Critical Interpretations of the Grundrisse

http://www.brill.com/marxs-laboratory

Edited by Riccardo Bellofiore, University of Bergamo, Italy, Guido Starosta, National University of Quilmes, Argentina, and Peter D. Thomas, Brunel University, London

In Marx’s Laboratory: Critical Interpretations of the Grundrisse provides a critical analysis of the Grundrisse as a crucial stage in the development of Marx’s critique of political economy. Stressing both the achievements and limitations of this much-debated text, and drawing upon recent philological advances, this volume attempts to re-read Marx’s 1857-58 manuscripts against the background of Capital, as a ‘laboratory’ in which Marx first began to clarify central elements of his mature problematic. With chapters by an international range of authors from different traditions of interpretation, including the International Symposium on Marxian Theory, this volume provides an in-depth analysis of key themes and concepts in the Grundrisse, such as method, dialectics and abstraction; abstract labour, value, money and capital; technology, the ‘general intellect’ and revolutionary subjectivity, surplus-value, competition, crisis; and society, gender, ecology and pre-capitalist forms.

Contributors include: Chris Arthur, Luca Basso, Riccardo Bellofiore, George Caffentzis, Martha Campbell, Juan Iñigo Carrera, Howard Engelskirchen, Roberto Fineschi, Michael Heinrich, Fred Moseley, Patrick Murray, Geert Reuten, Tony Smith, Guido Starosta, Massimiliano Tomba, Jan Toporowski, Peter D. Thomas, Joel Wainwright, and Amy Wendling.

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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