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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRITICAL EDUCATION – IV 

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

ICCE IV

23-26 June 2014

Thessaloniki

Greece

Critical Education in an Age of Crisis

Conference website: http://www.eled.auth.gr/icce2014/

CALL FOR PAPERS

IV International Conference on Critical Education

The outbreak of the economic, social, and political crisis is affecting education at a global scale. The crisis, in tandem with the dominant neoliberal and neoconservative politics that are implemented and promoted internationally as the only solution, redefine the sociopolitical and ideological role of education. Public education is shrinking. It loses its status as a social right. It is projected as a mere commodity for sale while it becomes less democratic and critical.

Understanding the causes of the crisis, the special forms it takes in different countries and the multiple ways in which it influences education, constitutes important questions for all those who do not limit their perspectives to the horizon of neoconservative, neoliberal and technocratic dogmas. Moreover, the critical education movement has the responsibility to rethink its views and practices in light of the crisis as well as the paths that this crisis opens for challenging and overthrowing capitalist domination worldwide.

The International Conference on Critical Education, which was held in Athens in 2011 and 2012 and Ankara in 2013, provides a platform for scholars, educators, activists and others interested in the subject to come together and engage in a free, democratic and productive dialogue. At a time of crisis when public education is under siege by neoliberalism and neoconservatism, we invite you to submit a proposal and to attend the IV International Conference on Critical Education to reflect on the theory and practice of critical education and to contribute to the field.

Keynote Speakers:

Ayhan Ural (Gazi University, Turkey)

Dave Hill (Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK)

George Grollios (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

Glenn Rikowski (Flow of Ideas) on ‘Education and Crisis’

Grant Banfield (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)

Guy Senese (University of North Arizona, USA)

Hasan Huseyin Aksoy (Ankara University, Turkey)

Kostas Skordoulis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)

Lois Weiner (New Jersey City University, USA)

Panayota Gounari (University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA)

Panayotis Sotiris (University of the Aegean, Mitilini, Greece)

Periklis Pavlidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

Ravi Kumar (SouthAsianUniversity, New Delhi, India)

Tasos Liambas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

ICCE IV

ICCE IV

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

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

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

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CONFRONTING CRISIS: LEFT PRAXIS IN THE FACE OF AUSTERITY, WAR AND REVOLUTION – HISTORICAL MATERIALISM TORONTO CONFERENCE – CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS

Confronting Crisis: Left Praxis in the Face of Austerity, War and Revolution
Historical Materialism Conference
York University, Toronto, Canada
May 8-11th, 2014

 

Confronted with a global context of austerity, exploitation, imperialist aggression, ongoing colonialism, and ecological crises, the world has been witness to growing social and political struggles over the past decade. A wide range of rural- and urban-based labour and social movements have fought back against the current ‘Age of Austerity,’ while new modes and geographies of resistance against dispossession and tyranny continue to inspire social change in the Global South. Against this backdrop, the 2014 Historical Materialism conference at Toronto’s YorkUniversity invites proposals for papers, panels, and other kinds of conference participation that can contribute to a collective discussion on how to extend and revitalize Left critique and praxis in the current conjuncture.

We particularly encourage submissions that address the challenges and contradictions facing global anti-capitalist theory and action in the present. Some of the questions the conference strives to address include:

(Theme 1) What are the ideological blind spots of Left thought and practice, and how might they be redressed?

(Theme 2) How does the present historical moment challenge our understanding of the making of the modern global working class?

(Theme 3) How can Marxist theory be transformed to integrate an understanding of corporeality, identity and subjectivity in its analysis of capitalism and class politics?

(Theme 4) How might historical materialist theory account for the co-constitutive relationship between race, class, gender and sexuality, and what are the implications of such analysis for Left praxis?

(Theme 5) What are the contributions of anti-colonial struggles for internationalist Left politics and praxis today?

(Theme 6) What contributions and challenges do struggles for indigenous self-determination make to Marxist thought and vice versa?

(Theme 7) How can we read Marxist texts politically in the current conjuncture?

(Theme 8) What is the role of space, land, and urbanization in the development and crisis of imperialist, neo-colonial capitalism?

(Theme 9) What is the role of different modes of organization (e.g. parties, unions, student and social movements), and what challenges do they face in the fight against austerity?

(Theme 10) How might we conceptualize new modes of resistance, including the recent upsurge of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary currents, in the Global South?

(Theme 11) What is the specific role of spatial organization in the institution, reproduction and transformation of forms of imperialist, neo-colonial domination and relations of war?

(Theme 12) What are the contributions and challenges of anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist politics to existing ecological crises?

(Theme 13) How can historical materialism assist us in understanding the dynamics of agrarian change under contemporary capitalism, particularly the global food crisis?

(Theme 14) How might historical materialist theory account for the dialectics of the rural and urban geographies of accumulation, domination, and resistance?

(Theme 15) What roles might culture, art and aesthetics play in confronting the crisis of capitalism and building Left movements?

 

The organizing committee specifically welcomes panel proposals that directly address the above questions. To make a submission for a panel, please include a working title and an abstract of no more than 300 words for the panel, along with the individual paper titles and abstracts of no more than 300 words. Please make sure to also include the names, email addresses and academic affiliations of all panelists.

For individual submissions, please include a working title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, as well as your name, email address and academic affiliation.

We strongly encourage all submissions to identify 1-2 themes from the above list that best describe the paper/panel topic.

The deadline for all submissions is January 10th, 2014.

For individual papers, please submit to: https://docs.google.com/ forms/d/1QDnUr_ NghgWxR9cYjGDg1T9njEUQa_ UHCZR85Nn_OPA/viewform  

For panel proposals, please submit to: https://docs.google.com/ forms/d/ 1A4xJHI1PMmgVzXzgP0P2nkr8joDrV bKIO-DOAzEM2Z8/viewform  

Please be advised that we cannot accommodate requests to present on a specific date or time slot and expect participants to be available for the full three days of the conference. The organizing committee also reserves the right to re-arrange panel proposals, if necessary.

For more information please contact historicalmaterialismt oronto@gmail.com or visit http://hmtoronto.org/.

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘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

Harvesting

Harvesting

POLITICAL ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

CALL FOR PAPERS: Political Ecology and Environmental Sociology: Towards Productive Engagement or Sustaining the Contract of Mutual Indifference?

DIMENSIONS OF POLITICAL ECOLOGY, CONFERENCE ON NATURE/SOCIETY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY February 27 – March 1, 2014 University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Alan Rudy, Damian White, Christopher Oliver and Brian Gareau

The political ecologist Piers Blackie has observed in a stock-taking of political ecology that “a review of Environmental Sociology, a textbook by Hannigan, finds no mention of Political Ecology and yet most of its contents might well be claimed as Political Ecology” (Blackie, 2008: 772). One could similarly work through many political ecology textbooks and find little or no discussion of environmental sociology. Given the ritualistic appeals to “inter-disciplinarity” in the environmental social sciences, how can we account for the extra-ordinary disengagement between political ecology and environmental sociology? How can these seemingly overlapping and aligned sub-disciplines largely ignore each other? Why has political ecology taken socio-natural hybridity, post-human ethics and non-equilibrium ecologies so much more seriously than US environmental sociology has? Why is it that understandings of the relationship between capital and ecology are widely divergent between environmental sociologists and political ecologists? Are both fields increasingly disabled by their dis-engagement with each other?

Attempting to do justice to the diverse amalgam of movements, institutions and disciplines that have contributed to the many methods and foci involved, this panel will explore this strange contract of mutual indifference from a number of perspectives, e.g.

1.    Northern attitude and policy research relative to Southern development and ethnographic studies;

2.    Durkheimian empiricist, realist Marxist and neo-Malthusian approaches contrasted with relational Marxist, materialist feminist and post structuralist currents;

3.    Critical takes on risk society and the democratization of the state versus bureaucratic management derived from risk science-based policy;

4.     Local and lay knowledge leading in directions quite different than those of green neoliberalism;

5.    The primary roots of US environmental sociology in rural sociology versus political ecology’s founding of political ecology in European development geography.

The panel will consist of a series of short pieces (3000 words) en route to an open discussion. The aims of the panel will be to gain great understanding of the blockages that prevent broader engagements between political ecology and environmental sociology. It will also consider how we might imagine more productive relations between political ecology and environmental sociology.

Please submit proposed title and abstract to Alan Rudy alan.rudy@gmail.com Damian White dwhite01@risd.edu, Chris Oliver christopheroliver@uky.edu and Brian Gareau bgareau@gmail.com by December 1st 2013

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘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

Teaching Marx

Teaching Marx

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION – VOLUME 11 NUMBER 5 (2013)

Now available at: www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_5.asp

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION
Volume 11 Number 5  2013  ISSN 1478-2103

Boyce Brown. The Assumptions and Possible Futures of Standards-based Education

Gail D. Caruth & Donald L. Caruth. The Octopus, the Squid and the Tortoise

Vimbi P. Mahlangu. Understanding Militant Teacher Union Members’ Activities in Secondary Schools

Tim May & Beth Perry. Universities, Reflexivity and Critique: uneasy parallels in practice

Peter Mayo. Lorenzo Milani in Our Times

Christopher McMaster. Working the ‘Shady Spaces’: resisting neo-liberal hegemony in New Zealand education

Abdulghani Muthanna. A Tragic Educational Experience: academic injustice in higher education institutions in Yemen

James Reveley. Enhancing the Educational Subject: cognitive capitalism, positive psychology and well-being training in schools

Elizer Jay de los Reyes. (Re)defining the Filipino: notions of citizenship in the new K+12 curriculum

John A. Smith. Structure, Agency, Complexity Theory and Interdisciplinary Research in Education Studies

Georgios Stamelos & Marianna Bartzakli. The Effect of a Primary School Teachers’ Trade Union on the Formation and Realisation of Policy in Greece: the case of teacher evaluation policy

Glenn Toh. Where Realities Confront Ideals: the personal, professional, philosophical and political in the teaching of academic English in a Japanese setting

Riyad A. Shahjahan & Lisette E. Torres. A ‘Global Eye’ for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: a critical policy analysis of the OECD’s AHELO study

Nelson Casimiro Zavale. Using Michael Young’s Analysis on Curriculum Studies to Examine the Effects of Neoliberalism on Curricula in Mozambique

REVIEW ESSAYS
The Need of a Higher Education Carnival. The Fall of the Faculty: the rise of the all-administrative university and why it matters (Benjamin Ginsberg), reviewed by João M. Paraskeva
School Rituals as a Counter-hegemonic Performance. Rituals and Student Identity in Education: ritual critique for a new pedagogy (Richard A. Quantz), reviewed by João M. Paraskeva

BOOK REVIEWS
Education in the Creative Economy: knowledge and learning in the age of innovation (Daniel Araya & Michael A. Peters, Eds), reviewed by Albert Chavez
Schooling in the Age of Austerity: urban education and the struggle for democratic life (Alexander J. Means), reviewed by Graham B. Slater

Access to the full texts of current articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription.

PLEASE NOTE: to accommodate the increasing flow of quality papers this journal will expand to 8 numbers per volume/year as from Volume 12, 2014.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION (single user access) Subscription to the January-December 2014 issues (including full access to ALL back numbers, including those of 2013), is available to individuals at a cost of US$60.00. If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribePFIE.asp

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION (institution-wide access) If you are working within an institution that maintains a Library, please urge them to purchase a Library subscription so access is provided throughout your institution.

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editor, Professor Michael A. Peters: mpeters@waikato.ac.nz

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the articles, please contact the publishers: support@symposium-journals.co.uk

 

 

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Glenn Rikowski and Ruth Rikowski have a number of articles in Policy Futures in Education. These include (and these are open access):

 

Rikowski, Ruth (2003) Value – the Life Blood of Capitalism: knowledge is the current key, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.1 No.1, pp.160-178: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=1&issue=1&year=2003&article=9_Rikowski_PFIE_1_1&id=195.93.21.68

Rikowski, Glenn (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=2&issue=3&year=2004&article=10_Rikowski_PFEO_2_3-4_web&id=195.93.21.71

Rikowski, Ruth (2006) A Marxist Analysis of the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.4 No.4: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=4&issue=4&year=2006&article=7_Rikowski_PFIE_4_4_web&id=205.188.117.66

Rikowski, Ruth (2008) Review Essay: ‘On Marx: An introduction to the revolutionary intellect of Karl Marx’, by Paula Allman, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.5, pp.653-661:  http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/validate.asp?j=pfie&vol=6&issue=5&year=2008&article=11_Rikowski_PFIE_6_5_web

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video)  

‘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

Aesthetics

Aesthetics

ART IN THE AGE OF REAL ABSTRACTION

Call for Papers | ‘Art in the Age of Real Abstraction’ | Deadline: 12 December 2013

Historic iterations of abstraction in the visual arts have traditionally been associated with terms such as the non-representational, the non-figurative, and the immaterial, in opposition to a loosely defined concept of realism. In the post-war period, however, both realism and abstraction became unstable concepts, deployed to refer to a range of diverse practices, from Nouveau Réalisme to Art Informel to Abstract Expressionism. This conference invites papers that rethink the relation between realism and abstraction in the period between 1970 and the contemporary moment. Of particular concern are the impacts of two intersecting events: the advent of Neoliberalism and the dismantling of Modernism in art history.

‘Art in the Age of Real Abstraction’ seeks to investigate contemporary forms of abstraction through the analysis of different modes of representation, affectivity and performativity, drawing lines of continuity and addressing points of ambiguity between post-war abstraction and contemporary iterations. In recent critical discourse reification has been described as both a process of abstraction and as a figural process. On this view ‘Real Abstraction’ might be understood as the becoming-concrete of the abstract. As such ‘Real Abstraction’ calls for a rethinking of what the terms realism, figuration and abstraction might mean today.

We welcome papers that address the critical stakes of abstraction in the visual arts as a representational economy and as an aesthetic strategy, a way of inhabiting the contradictions produced by capital, and as a means of generating meaning, memory and historical experience.

We encourage academics, researchers and artists to submit papers on the following issues and debates (amongst others):

* post-70s reconfigurations of abstraction

* the artwork and the commodity form

* feminist interventions in the history of abstraction

* abstraction and historic experience

* the intersection of realism and abstraction

* artwork as theory, artwork as historiography

****EXTENDED DEADLINE****

Speakers should be prepared to present papers for 20 min followed by a discussion.

Please send 300 word abstracts by December 12th to:

Rye Dag Holmboe: rye.holmboe.09@ucl. ac.uk

Andrew Witt: andrew.witt.09@ucl.ac.uk

The conference will be held on April 12th, 2014

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/art- history/staff-research/call_ for_papers

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Dialectics

Dialectics

DIALECTICS OF THE CONCRETE

Karel Kosík and Dialectics of the Concrete

Prague, June 4–6, 2014

A conference organised by the Department for the Study of Modern Czech Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

In 1963 Karel Kosík published his path-breaking book Dialectics of the Concrete. It made an impact on both Marxist and non-Marxist thinkers, in Czechoslovakia and throughout the world. In this work Kosík set for himself an ambitious task—to re-think the basic concepts of the Marxist philosophical tradition and to employ them in the analysis of social reality. In the course of his analysis he touched on a wide array of issues that are still relevant today, including the problem of mystification or the “pseudo-concrete,” the social role of art, the conception of reality as a concrete totality, the conception of the human being as an onto-formative being, the systematic connection between labour and temporality, the relationship between praxis and labour, and the explanatory power of the dialectical method.

We would like to explore Kosík’s seminal work in both breadth and depth. To that end, we welcome papers addressing the following topics:

* Kosík in dialogue with other thinkers, such as Hegel, Marx, Labriola, Gramsci, Lukács, Heidegger, Marcuse, Popper, Gonseth, and Weber.

* Kosík’s response to other currents of thought, especially phenomenology, structuralism, existentialism, critical theory, and positivism.

* Kosík’s work in relation to other varieties of Marxist humanism.

* Dialectics of the Concrete in the context of Kosík’s overall philosophical œuvre.

* Dialectics of the Concrete and its influence on political theory, aesthetics, theology, cultural anthropology, sociology, pedagogy, and other fields.

The reception and critique of Kosík’s Dialectics of the Concrete in different parts of the world, such as East-Central Europe; in Germany, Italy, Russia, and Scandinavia; the Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanophone, and Lusophone worlds; China, Japan, and other countries in Asia.

Papers addressing other topics related to Kosík’s work are also welcome.

The conference will be conducted in English. Proposals—including a title and an abstract of 100–200 words—should be sent by 31 December 2013 to landa@flu.cas.cz. Submissions must be in .doc or .rtf format. Notice of acceptance will be sent by 30 January 2014. A conference fee of 100 Euros (60 Euros for students) will cover the costs of organising the conference (including conference accessories and coffee breaks). Details about the method of payment will be announced after abstract acceptance. The conference proceedings will be published as a book in 2015.

Organisers: Ivan Landa, Jan Mervart, Joseph Grim Feinberg

International Organising Committee: Johann P. Arnason, Peter Hudis, Joseph G. Feinberg, Ivan Landa, Michael Löwy, Jan Mervart, Francesco Tava

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘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

 

CLR James

CLR James

BLACK STUDIES: GRAMMARS OF THE FUGITIVE

 

Black Studies: Grammars of the Fugitive
A public lecture with Stefano Harney and Fred Moten
Friday 6th December 2013 @ 6.30pm
Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre / Whitehead Building / Goldsmiths College, University of London

Black Studies Group (London) and Centre for Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths College) are delighted to host a public lecture to be delivered by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney. The publication of their Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions, 2013) marked a culmination point in an ongoing project in which they have sought to reinvigorate contemporary social thought and aesthetic critique by way of the black radical tradition. Deploying concepts such as “study”, “undercommons”, “debt”, “speculative practice”, “blackness” and “fugitivity”, Harney and Moten have loosened what for many now seems like the strained and distant relations between intellectual thought, academic labour and collective (under)common action. We hope you can join the Black Studies Group in coming together to make delusional plans with both Moten and Harney.

Bios:
Fred Moten received his Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley. He is a student of Afro-diasporic social and cultural life with teaching, research and creative interests in poetry, performance studies and
critical theory. His books include In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with his frequent collaborator Stefano Harney) and The Feel Trio.

Stefano Harney is Professor of Strategic Management Education, Singapore Management University and co-founder of the School for Study, an ensemble teaching project. He employs autonomist and postcolonial theory in looking into issues associated with race, work, and social organization. Recent books include The Ends of Management (co-authored with Tim Edkins) and The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (co-authored with Fred Moten). Stefano lives and works in Singapore.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/486889024765629/?source=1
Goldsmiths Events Page: http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=7091
Contact the organisers: black.studies.reading.group@gmail.com
All welcome, no registration required.

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘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 is Not for Sale

Education is Not for Sale

CRITICAL EDUCATION – CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS

SPECIAL SERIES

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS

The Media and the Neoliberal Privatization of Education

 Series editors: Derek R. Ford (Syracuse University), Brad Porfilio (Lewis University), Rebecca A. Goldstein (Montclaire State University)

Abstracts due: December 31,2013

Manuscripts due: May 1,2014

As the neoliberal agenda for public education in North America intensifies, educational literature has increasingly turned its attention toward understanding the logics and processes of neoliberal privatization. Additionally, attention has been paid as to how educators resist these processes and practices, both in the classroom and beyond. This special issue seeks to deepen our understanding of the neoliberal privatization of education by extending critical examinations to an under-represented field of cultural production: that of mainstream media reporting on education and the neoliberal privatization of education, which many believe represents a new round of primitive accumulation. By examining and analyzing the mainstream media’s relationship to the processes in which neoliberal education ideologies are constructed, reflected, and reified, articles in this issue will explicate the various ways in which the mainstream media has helped facilitate and legitimate neoliberalism as universal logic in reforming education, both locally and globally. Articles will also speak to how critical educations have guided students in K-20 schools to understand the mainstream media’s relationship to supporting the neoliberal takeover of schools.

We welcome conceptual, empirical, theoretical, pedagogical and narrative articles that approach this topic from a variety of perspectives and frameworks. Articles included in the special issue may ask and examine questions such as, but not limited to:

* How has media coverage of teachers’ unions and teachers’ strikes reinforced and/or advanced privatization?

* What shift has taken place in terms of who is positioned in the media as educational “experts”?

* What are the differences between the way that various major news networks, newspapers, and news magazines talk about educational privatization?

* How are Teach For America and Teach For All being propelled by media coverage?

* What are the variations in media coverage of the neoliberal agenda for education?

* What are the alternatives and prospects for challenges to the mainstream media?

* How has ALEC impacted school reform policies and practices on the state level and to what extent has the media covered it?

* How have critical educators positioned their students to understand the mainstream media’s role in supporting the corporate agenda for schooling?

Critical Education is an international peer-reviewed journal, which seeks manuscripts that critically examine contemporary education contexts and practices. Critical Education is interested in theoretical and empirical research as well as articles that advance educational practices that challenge the existing state of affairs in society, schools, and informal education.

An early expression of interest and a 250-500 word abstract is preferred by December 31, 2013. Please address correspondence to drford@syr.edu and include “Critical Education” in the subject line.

For details on manuscript submission, please visit:  http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/criticaled/information/authors

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘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

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

Althusser

Althusser

READING CAPITAL, 1965-2015

Friday December 6, 2013, Princeton University

 

Opening Panel: 12-3PM

Robert J. C. Young (NYU) 
Rereading the Symptomatic Reading
Bruno Bosteels (Cornell University)

Reading Capital From the Margins: The Logic of Uneven Development
Alain Badiou (ENS Paris)

Title TBA

Closing Panel 4-6PM

Emily Apter (NYU)

The ‘Real’ Object in Question: Flat Ontology and Productive Agency in Marxist Philosophy
Etienne Balibar (Columbia University)

A Point of Heresy in Western Marxism: Althusser’s and Tronti’s Antithetic Readings of Capital in the Early 60’s

This is a conference in advance of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Reading Capital by Louis Althusser, Etienne Balibar, Jacques Rancière, Pierre Macherey, and Roger Establet.

The publication of Lire le capital (Reading Capital) in 1965 undoubtedly marked a watershed in Marxist philosophy and critical theory more generally, constructing a dazzling array of concepts that still today can be said to constitute the syntax of radical philosophy. Reading Capital united Althusser with some of his most brilliant and precocious students in a common front against both the empiricism of Postwar Phenomenology and Sartrian Existentialism, as well as against the latent Idealist humanism of a certain Structuralism (Lévi-Strauss, Barthes).

Though the conference is free and open to the public, seating is limited, so please:

Register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9161988755

More information: Nick Nesbitt, fnesbitt@princeton.edu

Sponsored by: The Department of French and Italian, PLAS, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/reading-capital-1965-2015-6-december-princeton

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Monsters

Monsters

IDENTITY, ALTERITY, MONSTROSITY: FIGURES OF THE MULTITUDE

Identity, Alterity, Monstrosity: Figures of the Multitude (I)

The process of construction of identity, both individual and collective, and the genesis of political subjectivity, are largely grounded on concurrent ideological mechanisms that define otherness: subjectivity, alterity and identity are the complex outcomes of one intellectual and cultural process, historically produced by the encounter with the Other, whether real or imagined.

Notwithstanding the effort in conceptualising this encounter in the global and multicultural context of contemporary societies, its historical genealogy is often underestimated: a genealogy that is rooted in the theoretical definition of the concepts of normality, abnormality, and monstrosity. Developed in the early modern age, these concepts have produced and keep producing their cultural, social, and political effects.

The main objective of this seminar is to reconstruct the genealogy of the modern problem of identity, subjectivity, and otherness through an historical analysis of the idea of monstrosity within scientific, philosophical, and literary discourses of early modernity.

During the first semester of this seminar we will focus on the radical alterity represented since the 17th century by the theoretical figure of the multitude. Hobbes, for example, develops the idea of the Leviathan’s sovereign body through the homogeneous unity of the people. By definition, the people is opposed to the conflictual multiplicity of the multitude in the state of nature. In contrast, Spinoza grounds the idea of a free State on the multitude’s conatus – its drive to actualize its own nature – and its right of resistance against the sovereign. This right is irreducible and monstrous, thus introducing the natural dimension into the State rather than excluding it from society.

While Hobbes confined the multitude to the edges of the political map, with Spinoza it takes centre-stage, becoming the beating and conflictual heart of political life. Starting with the indirect dialogue between these two authors, we will focus this year on radical and monstrous alterity – the sense of otherness and how that is defined – in early modern and contemporary thought.

Organised by Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University, London and Collège International de Philosophie) and Caroline Williams (Queen Mary, University of London). For more information, contact:
Filippo Dellucchese <Filippo.Dellucchese@brunel. ac.uk>
Caroline Williams <c.a.williams@qmul.ac.uk>

Location: QMUL, ARTS TWO (room TPC) 5:00pm
Dates: 26th February, 26th March, 14th May, 11th June

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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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

Teaching Marx

Teaching Marx

BRUNEL SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT RESEARCH SEMINARS – UPDATE NOVEMBER 2013

Wednesday 27th November 2013, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Sara R. Farris (Goldsmiths, University of London)
‘From the Jewish Question to the Muslim Question’

Brunel Social and Political Thought Research Group Seminar Series 2013/14
Re/Dis/Order

Following successful seminar series and international conferences in the last years, the Brunel Social and Political Thought research group will organise another seminar series in 2013/14: ‘Re/Dis/Order’. This seminar series aims to explore the different ways in which the constitution, transformation and negation of political order have been understood by some of the key theorists of modern political thought, from the early modern period to contemporary social and political theory. Seminars are open to all.

Term 1

Wednesday 30th October 2013, 4:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239
State and Capital

Andrea Bardin (BrunelUniversity)
‘Mechanising the Organic: Hobbes and the Epistemological Revolution in Civil Science’

Matthijs Krul (Brunel University)
‘Neoliberal Visions of Order: Theories of the State in the New Institutional Economic History’
Wednesday 13th November 2013, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Fabio Raimondi (University of Salerno)
‘Althusser, Machiavelli and the Problem of Political Power’

Wednesday 27th November 2013, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Sara R. Farris (Goldsmiths, University of London)
‘From the Jewish Question to the Muslim Question’

Wednesday 11th December 2013, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Fillippo del Lucchese (Brunel University)
‘Machiavelli and Constituent Power’

Term 2

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University)
‘“We Good Subalterns”: Gramsci’s Theory of Political Modernity’
Wednesday 29th January 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 210

Banu Bargu (SOAS)
‘Sovereignty as Erasure’

Wednesday 5th February 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Nathaniel Boyd (Brunel University)
‘Organising the Body Politic: Hegel’s Corporate Theory of State’

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Jamie Pitman (Brunel University)
‘Castor and Pollux? The Marx-Engels Relationship’

Ebubekir Dursun (Brunel University)
‘“Stubborn, Insociable, Froward, Intractable”: the History of the Excluded in Hobbes’s Leviathan’

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

John Roberts (Brunel University)
‘Beyond Flows, Fluids and Networks: Social Theory and the Fetishism of the Global Informational Economy’
Wednesday 26th March 2014, 1:00pm, Gaskell Building Room 239

Mark Neocleous (Brunel University)
Book Launch
‘War Power, Police Power’
(Edinburgh University Press, 2014)

All seminars take place at Brunel University. Directions to the campus can be found here:
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/ campus/directions

For further information, please contact:

Peter Thomas <PeterD.Thomas@brunel.ac.uk>

Visit the Brunel SPT Research Group webpages:

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/ courses/postgraduate/modern- political-thought-violence- and-revolution-ma>
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/sss/ politics/research-groups-and- centres/social-and-political- thought>
http://www.facebook.com/ pages/Brunel-University- Modern-Political-Thought/ 205393026150272?sk=wall>

Other Brunel SPT Activities in 2013/14

Film Screening Series
(Organised in Collaboration with the Isambard Centre for Historical Research)

Paths of Shame: WWI in Cinema

1st October: S. Kubrick, Paths of Glory (1957)

15th October: R. Bernard, Wooden Crosses (1932)

29th October: J. Losey, King and Country (1964)

12th November: J. Renoir, La Grande Illusion (1939)

26th November: F. Rosi, Many Wars Ago (1970)

10th December: D. Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

All screenings in Gaskell Building Room 239 @ 5:30pm

Organised by Alison Carrol and Filippo del Lucchese

For more information, contact:
Alison Carrol <Alison.Carrol@brunel.ac.uk>
Filippo Dellucchese <Filippo.Dellucchese@brunel. ac.uk>

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Education System

Education System

UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON EDUCATION RESEARCH SEMINARS

Dear All

Please see below advance notice of our seminars planned for December.  Please contact me if you would like any further information.

Regards

Veronica

Veronica Burton: Administrator for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ

Email: v.a.burton@uel.ac.uk

020 8223 2834

 

5 December 2013

Robbins Remembered and Dismembered, Contextualizing the anniversary

Professor Patrick Ainley

University of Greenwich

1 – 2 pm

Stratford Campus, Cass Building ED2.04

 

12 December 2013

Teacher Subjectivity as a site of struggle: refusing neoliberalisation

Professor Stephen J Ball

Institute of Education, University of London

5 – 6 pm

Stratford Campus, Cass Building 5 – 6 pm

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘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