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ICCE IV

ICCE IV

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRITICAL EDUCATION 2014 WEBSITE

The ICCE 2o14 now has its own website: http://www.eled.auth.gr/icce2014/

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.

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Marxism and Education

Marxism and Education

EDUCATION, MARXISM AND SOCIETY

MARXISM AND EDUCATION: RENEWING DIALOGUES (MERD)

In association with Anglia Ruskin University Department of Education Research Seminars

An afternoon Seminar 4pm-6.30pm

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Anglia Ruskin University

Chelmsford Campus

CM1 1SQ

Room: SAWYERS 005

Deirdre O’Neill (InsideFilm.org/) Film, Prisons, Social Class  and Radical Pedagogy: A Marxist Analysis

Ravi Kumar (South Asian University, New Delhi, India; Editor: Radical Notes) Marxism and Education: An Indian Perspective

Discussants: Gurnam Singh (Coventry University), Alpesh Maisuria (University of East London) and Dave Hill (AngliaRuskinUniversity)

Organised by Alpesh Maisuria

Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/202497469816639/

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Knowledge

Knowledge

6th QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN LIBRARIES INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

CALL FOR PAERS – Extended

QQML2014

27-30 May 2014

Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey

http://www.isast.org

 

Please see below the replies to the main questions posed and more information:

Yes, you can participate and attend the conference without presenting an abstract or paper. However, you should send the registration form to ask for an attendance permission

An Abstract accepted is mandatory for an oral or poster presentation

The paper is optional. If you submit a paper it will be considered for the Conference Proceedings and the post-conference publications in Books and the QQML Journal (www.qqml.net ). Two new issues have been added. The e-journal is included in EBSCOhost and DOAJ.

The abstract submission deadline was extended to March 10, 2014 in order to include submissions of abstracts to the special sessions proposed and to the regular sessions as well.

Submissions of abstracts to special or contributed sessions could be sent directly to the conference secretariat at secretar@isast.org . Please refer to the Session Number (see below) to help the secretariat to classify the submissions.

Session organizers should notify the conference secretariat by March 10 and include the abstracts collected for their special sessions.

If you already have submitted your Abstract and you have not received a reply please notify the conference secretariat.

Archive

Archive

Conference Excursions

A half day (14:30-19:30) conference excursion in the afternoon of the second day of the conference (28 May 2014) is scheduled: Visit of the classical Istanbul including some of Istanbul’s major sights…

A full day Excursion in the day following the last day of the conference (31 May 2014)…

 

For more information and Abstract/Paper submission and Special Session Proposals please visit the conference website at: http://www.isast.org or send email to: secretar@isast.org

Looking forward to welcoming you in Istanbul,

With our best regards,

On behalf of the Conference Committee

Dr. Anthi Katsirikou, Conference Co-Chair
University of Piraeus Library Director
Head, European Documentation Center
Board Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals

 

Special and Contributed Sessions Code No

1. Bibliographic Control
1. Terminology project
2. Multiple controlled vocabularies
3. Subject thesaurus
4. Bibliographic utilities
5. New cataloguing rules, RDA and MARC21

2. Bibliometric research
1. Bibliometrics
2. Analysis of patterns of information
3. Usage data
4. Publication data
5. Citation analysis
6. Content analysis
7. Web sites
8. Databases

3. Change of Libraries and Managerial techniques
1. Human resources management
2. Organizational challenges
3. Strategic management
4. Re-engineering change in higher education
5. Fast-responded library
6. Learning organization

4. Changes in Learning, Research and Information needs and Behaviour of Users
1. 21st century librarians for 21st century libraries
2. New services for the research and learning communities
3. Redefining the library service experience
4. Forging collaboration between librarians and students
5. Library in the digital workflow of research
6. Content analysis of academic libraries’ Facebook profiles
7. Marketing the academic library through online social network advertising
8. International cooperation towards the development of technology in academic libraries

5. Climate Change Data and Climate Change Impacts
1. National greenhouse gas inventories
2. Inventory submissions
3. National communications
4. Information sources and availability
5. Socio-economic data
6. Definitions and methodologies
7. Climate change fund
8. Socio-economic data socio-economic data
9. Climate-related risks and disasters
10. Regional centres and networks
11. Risk management and reduction
12. Adaptation strategies
13. Access to information
14. Public awareness and participation
15. International cooperation
16. Research dialogue
17. Systematic observation
18. Sustainable development

6. Communication Strategies
1. Working with faculty, students, and staff
2. Users – Non users
3. Alumni, Partners, Stakeholders
4. Groups / teams
5. Archives, historical societies, museums and art galleries
6. Consortia

7. Data Analysis and Data Mining
1. Content analysis
2. Ontologies
3. Knowledge discovery
4. Machine learning
5. Databases
6. Data visualization

8. Development and Assessment of Digital Repositories
1. Preservation of records for the next generations
2. Demonstration on fiscal responsibility and sustainability
3. Development of new metrics of their usages
4. Evaluation and best practices

9. Development of Information and Knowledge Services on the Public Library
1. Public libraries transformations
2. Dynamic information market
3. Public library’s role in the society
4. Challenges before libraries today
5. Diversified societies
6. Public library’s policy
7. Communities and information market
8. Public libraries as creative industries
9. Production and consumption of knowledge

10. Digital Libraries
1. Digitization
2. Museum and art digital objects
3. Archival digital objects
4. Public libraries digital projects
5. Digital content for teaching
6. Digital images
7. Metadata
8. Repositories

11. Economic Co-operation and Development
1. Socio-economic, environmental and emissions data
2. Energy statistics
3. Economic and social development
4. Working parties and organizations
5. Education, training and public awareness
6. Financial mechanism
7. Green climate fund
8. Investments

12. Energy Data and Information
1. Energy consumption, products, prices and taxes
2. Energy-related statistical data include coal, oil, gas, electricity and heat statistics
3. Energy balances, prices and emissions
4. Emissions from fuel combustion from its energy data
5. Data from firms, government agencies, industry organizations and national publications

13. Environmental Assessment
1. International, national, regional, local core data sets
2. Integrated Environment Assessment
3. Global Environmental Outlook
4. Statistical and geo-referenced historical data sets
5. Emission database for global atmospheric research
6. Socio-economic data
7. Ocean observation

14. Financial strength and sustainability
1. Fund raising
2. Cost benefit analysis
3. Cost assessment
4. Value analysis

15. Health Information Services
1. Research by health information professionals
2. Role of librarians in implementing Evidence based medicine/practice
3. Prospects and challenges of implementing Research4Life in low income countries

16. Historical and Comparative case studies related to Librarianship
1. Library historiography
2. Agencies, people, and movements within the development of librarianship
3. Comparative case studies related to libraries, special collections, or library programs/services

17. Information and Data on various aspects of Food and Agriculture
1. Agricultural production and trade
2. Land use, and means of production
3. Trade indices and food supply
4. Population and labour force
5. Food balance sheets
6. Fertilizer and pesticides
7. Forest products
8. Fishery products
9. Agricultural machinery

 

18. Information and Knowledge Services

1.    Resource development policy

2.    Resource project description

3.    Research and development of the services

4.    Knowledge discovery and knowledge creation

5.    Knowledge mining

6.    Team building and management

 

19. Information Literacy: Information sharing, Democracy and Lifelong Learning

1.    Information Literacy and citizenship

2.    Strategic approaches to Information Literacy

3.    New pedagogic challenges for libraries

4.    Collaborative work between librarians and academic staff

5.    Independent learning skills, online information skills and lifelong learning

6.    Concepts of learning, teaching and the developments in networked technology

7.    Staff development and Information Literacy

8.    New areas of practice and research

9.    Information literacy projects on special scientific disciplines

10.    Advocacy, marketing and promotion

11.    Benchmarking

12.    Evaluation and assessment

 

20. Library Cooperation: Problems and Challenges at the beginning of the 21st century

1.    Union catalogue and storage equipment

2.    Collection policy and collection development

3.    Joint acquisitions (purchasing, access, inter-library loan and document delivery)

4.    Joint digitization’s projects

5.    Local, regional and country heritage

6.    Human resource in local, regional and country level

7.    Organizational culture

 

21. Library change and Technology

1.    Communicating change, scenarios and projections

2.    Adaptation technology

3.    Technology information

4.    Technology diffusion

5.    Technology needs assessment

6.    Technology research and development

7.    Technology transfer

 

22. Management

1.    Excellence and innovation

2.    Quality and benchmarking

3.    Measures and metrics

 

23. Marketing

1.    Marketing research

2.    Public relations

3.    Publicity

4.    Communication

 

24.Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations

1.    Networks and collaborations

2.    Cultural policy, diversity and intercultural dialogue

3.    Marketing & communications management

4.    Case studies

5.    European integration

6.    Multiculturalism, interculturalism, transculturalism

7.    National and international collaboration

8.    Cultural policies, migration and mobility

9.    Identity, memory and heritage

10.    Divergence and commonality

11.    Visitor experiences in collaborative projects

12.    Archiving, preservation and exhibition technologies

13.    Arts funding 

14.    Arts policy

15.    Libraries, theaters, music, film industry, television etc

16.    Libraries, archives and museums and their admission

 

25. Music Librarianship

1.    Musical archives

2.    Collections of music assessment

3.    Copyright and broadcasting issues, copying costs

4.    Librarianship and musicology

5.    Music bibliography

6.    Music library automation

7.    Music publishing industry

8.    Presentation on the duties, challenges and satisfactions of performance music librarians

9.    Collections of music preservation

10.    Space and music collections

 

26. Performance Measurement and Competitiveness

1.    Criteria of performance indicators (PI) selection for libraries and the kinds of PI

2.    Different methodologies proposed for library assessment

3.    The technological effect

4.    Financial indicators

5.    Organizational performance

6.    Comparison among governmental and non-governmental organizations’ performance

 

27. Publications

1.    Internet Filtering

2.    Privacy and share of information in libraries

3.    The Read/ Write Web and the future of library research

4.    Digital rights, copyright management and libraries

 

28. Quality evaluation and promotion of information

1.    User education in informational recourses

2.    The importance of personal involvement

3.    Accreditation of digital libraries

4.    Development of a network of peers

5.    Cataloguing is changing

6.    Customer services

7.    Management/administration

8.    OPAC 2.0 – the catalogue on web

9.    The benefit of change

10.    Electronic library

11.    Digital repository management

 

29. Technology & Innovations in Libraries and their Impact on Learning, Research and Users

1.    Creating webliographies

2.    Computing interfaces and how libraries need to adapt

3.    Creating materials samples collection to support the engineering curriculum

4.    Embedding librarians in the classroom

5.    Teaching scholarly communication and collaboration through social networking

6.    Sustainable development and the role of innovative & benchmarked practices

7.    Fostering innovation through cultural change

8.    Science & technology libraries as multi academic activities centres

9.    Change as a service

10.    Embedding innovation for  scholarly information & research

11.    Trends, possibilities and scenarios for user-centred libraries

 

30. Technology Transfer and Innovation in Library Management

1.    Innovative management

2.    Human resources management

3.    Competence management

4.    Communications in organizations

5.    Intercultural management

6.    Information technology and knowledge management

7.    Library’s ethics and social responsibility

 

31. Scientific, Technical and Socio-Economic Aspects of Mitigation of Climate Change

1.    Stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations

2.    Dangerous anthropogenic interference

3.    Forest degradation

4.    Afforestation and reforestation

5.    Forest Management

6.    Land-use change

7.    Aviation and marine “Bunker Fuels”

8.    Research and systematic observation

9.    Methodological issues

10.    Socio-economic data and tools

Ruth Rikowski

Ruth Rikowski

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Economics

Economics

WHY DO INTERNSHIPS AND PLACEMENTS MATTER?

Society for Research into Higher Education

Why do Internships and Placement Matter? Further Sharing of Current Research

Date – Friday 2 May 2014, 11:00-15:45

Venue – SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London, N1 9BE

Network – Network for Employability, Enterprise and Work based Learning

 

This session is run jointly with the Association of Sandwich Education and Training (ASET)

We had so much interest in our first special interest group session on placements and internships that we are hosting another session on the topic.  Feedback from our sessions has shown that participants would like more opportunity to hear about current research and to discuss it.  We have, therefore, asked some more of our members to talk about their research.  At this session the themes will be short placements, third sector internships, internships for postgraduate students and placements in art and design.  The session will begin with a challenge from our keynote speaker, Andy Phippen, from PlymouthBusinessSchool, who will talk on Placements and Internships: Opportunities beyond the Student Experience.
Programme

11:00 Introductions

11:15 Keynote 1:  Andy Phippen, Associate Head (External Relations)
Plymouth Business School
Placements and Internships – Opportunities Beyond the Student Experience?

12:00 Showcasing of current placement research 1

Among the topics: Short placements
Third sector internships
Internships for PG students
Placements in Art and Design

12:45 Discussion:  Emerging issues for research

13:15 Lunch and networking

14:00 Showcasing of current placement research 2

15:00 Discussion panel of research contributors

15:30 Final remarks and conclusions

15:45 Close
If you are currently working on research into any kind of employability, enterprise and workbased learning and would like to share your work at later events, please contact us on h.e.higson@aston.ac.uk

Convenors:

Professor Helen E Higson OBE, Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Aston University

Dr Richard Blackwell, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Southampton Solent University

 

To reserve a place at this seminar: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/

Note: Unless otherwise stated SRHE events are free to members, there is a charge of £45 for non-members

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Medical Sociology

Medical Sociology

BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY GROUP ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS

BSA MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY GROUP ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th September 2014

Aston University, Birmingham

We look forward to welcoming you to our 46th Annual Conference.

We are pleased to announce Professor Arthur Frank University of Calgary and Dr.Tiago Moreira, Durham University have agreed to be our plenary speakers at the 2014 conference.

We welcome abstract submissions for oral presentation, poster presentations and symposia / special events structured around the stream which are listed below, however to accommodate increasing numbers of abstracts and to ensure more people have the opportunity to present and share their work with the medical sociology community, we will be trialling some new formats for oral papers during the 2014 conference.  This may include traditional formats such as round table discussions as well as more creative approaches, so presenters have the opportunity to discuss ideas ranging from initial thoughts through to completed studies. We would particularly encourage presenters wishing to present ‘work in progress’ to indicate this on their abstract submission. We look forward to providing you with more details about this in the coming months.

Strands:

1. Citizenship and health

2. Complementary and alternative medicines

3. Critical public health

4. Embodiment and emotion

5. Ethics

6. Ethnicity

7. Experiences of health and illness

8. Gender

9. Health policy

10. Health care organisation

11. Health service delivery

12. Inequalities

13. Lifecourse – reproductive health; chronic conditions; ageing; death and dying

14. Mental Health

15. Methods

16. Open

17. Patient – professional interaction

18. Pharmaceuticals

19. Politics of health

20. Professions

21. Risk

22. Screening and diagnosis

23. STS and medicine

24. Teaching medical sociology

25. Theory

Further details and abstract submission forms are available from: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/medsoc-annual-conference.aspx and events@britsoc.org.uk

The abstract submission deadline is 17th April 2014.

Abstracts received after this date will not be considered.

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Crisis in Ukraine

Crisis in Ukraine

CRISIS IN UKRAINE

Forum hosted by John McDonnell MP

Revolution or Reaction? Crisis in Ukraine

‘Eyewitness Report by Ukrainian Socialist

VOLODYMYR ISHCHENKO

COMMONS: Journal of Social Criticism

MONDAY 10th MARCH

6:00 PM Committee Room 12,

House of Commons

Via main St Stephens entrance,

Westminster tube

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

UNDERSTANDING FORCED MARRIAGE AND UNIVERSITY RESPONSES

Society for Research into Higher Education

Date – Thursday 8 May 2014: 11.30 – 15.45

Venue – SRHE, 73 Collier Street, LondonN1 9BE

Network – Access and Widening Participation Network

 

 

Understanding Forced Marriage: Khatidja Chantler

Drawing on the qualitative components of a research study completed in 2007, this paper presents four key challenges in the forced marriage debate. First, the study illustrates the problematic of defining forced marriage as a distinct and discrete category from arranged marriage. Second, current conceptualisations of forced marriage focus on consent at the entry point into marriage in contrast to survivors of forced marriage, and women’s organisations experienced in providing services to this group, both who attach equal importance to exiting (forced) marriages. Third, within the forced marriage debate, South Asian and Muslim communities are perceived as being largely responsible for forced marriages, whilst our research demonstrates that the range of communities in which forced marriage occurs is much wider. Fourth, forced marriage is often seen as a product of a ‘backward’ culture or religion and bound up with notions of ‘honour’. The narratives of survivors in our study illustrate a much more complex picture in which the interplay between culture, religion, poverty, gender, sexuality and state practices are highly significant in pathways to forced marriage. 

Khatidja Chantler is currently a Reader in the School of Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire, having previously worked at the University of Manchester. My key research interests are around ‘race’ and gender, particularly in relation to violence against women and their intersections with mental health. Prior to academia, I worked in social services and the voluntary sector settings and am also a qualified counsellor and supervisor. Publications include: British, European and International journal articles; book chapters and co-authored books: Attempted Suicide and Self-harm: South Asian Women (2001); Domestic Violence and Minoritisation (2002) and a  co-edited the book Gender & Migration: Feminist Interventions (2010). 

 

University responses to forced marriage and violence against women: Renate Klein and Marilyn Freeman
This talk examines how British universities address incidents of violence against female students, including forced marriage. Interviews with university staff members focused on whether cases of violence against women or forced marriage are coming to the attention of staff, whether staff members feel equipped to deal with them, and whether universities pursue systematic strategies to address theses issues. The goal was to identify what is working well, what could be better, and how universities could become more proactive. Findings suggest that comprehensive institutional responses are rare and that support for students depends largely on the initiative of individual staff members who may or may not have specialist expertise. Misconceptions about disclosure dynamics were common, in particular with regard to FM. In addition to the interviews, keyword searches of the public pages of university websites suggested that as a topic of research or teaching violence against women is often highly visible, whereas as an issue of university policy or governance it remains nearly invisible.

Renate Klein works for LondonMetropolitanUniversity and the University of Maine, USA, and co-ordinates a European research network on gender and violence. Her recent books include an edited international volume on Framing sexual and domestic violence through language (2013), Palgrave Macmillan, and a monographResponding to intimate violence against women: The role of informal networks (2012). CambridgeUniversity Press.

Marilyn Freeman is Emeritus Professor at LondonMetropolitanUniversity, and Co-Director of The International Centre of Family Law, Policy and Practice. Her specialist areas of research relate to international family law and include child abduction, relocation, and forced marriage.

 

Note: Unless otherwise stated SRHE events are free to members, there is a charge of £60 for non-members.

To reserve a place: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/

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Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

TRANSCENDING CAPITALISM, IN THEORY AND IN PRACTICE

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

6:00-8:00 PM

Westside Peace Center

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:

PETER HUDIS, author of MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM

Commentator:

SARAH MASON, former Occupy LA activist

In contrast to the traditional view that Marx’s work is restricted to a critique of capitalism and does not contain a detailed or coherent conception of its alternative, this presentation will show, through an analysis of his published and unpublished writings, that Marx was committed to a specific concept of a post-capitalist society that informed his critique of value production, alienated labor and capitalist accumulation. Instead of focusing on the present with only a passing reference to the future, Marx’s emphasis on capitalism’s tendency towards dissolution is rooted in a specific conception of what should replace it. In critically re-examining that conception, this book addresses the quest for an alternative to capitalism that has taken on increased importance today.

In addition to MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM (Haymarket Books, 2013), PETER HUDIS is the General Editor of the COMPLETE WORKS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG and the co-editor of THE POWER OF NEGATIVITY: SELECTED WRITINGS ON THE DIALECTIC IN HEGEL AND MARX, by RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA

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

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

IM-HO: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

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Dave Hill

Dave Hill

IMMISERATION, CAPITALISM AND EDUCATION: AUSTERITY, RESISTANCE AND REVOLT – A NEW EDITED COLLECTION BY DAVE HILL

Immiseration, Capitalism and Education: Austerity, Resistance and Revolt

Edited by Dave Hill

Institute for Education Policy Studies

Brighton

http://www.ieps.org.uk

2013

ISBN: 978-0-9522042-3-7

This is an important and astonishing book. It is a Marxist book. It systematically charts and critiques the havoc being wreaked by neoliberal and neoconservative Capitalism on society, on schooling/ schools and on higher education, across five countries: the USA, England, Turkey, Ireland and Greece. Following a theoretical chapter on Immiseration Capitalism, the first part of the book examines in detail the destructiveness and degradation effected by national and transnational Capital within these five societies, and the privatising, marketising, commodifying, degrading and impoverishing impacts within these five countries’ broader society, within/on the schooling system and within / on higher education.

Very importantly, the book goes beyond critique, beyond deconstruction, beyond anger and analysis. In Part Two of the book, leading Marxist analysts and activists from these five countries examine the Resistance to neoliberalising/neoconservatising policy and practice. In each case writers answer the question: What is the ‘Resistance’? Where is the Resistance? How is it Organised? How Successful is it? What are the Barriers to its Effectiveness? How can it be Developed to be more Effective?

In the Third and Final section, writers look to past and contemporary successful examples of Socialist Education, in the former Soviet bloc, and in Latin America, Venezuela. Again, writers, while noting the varied successes of such socialist or Marxist education, always remain critical- and self-critical.

The Conclusion, building on the critique within, summarises, and looks to the future, in terms of building the disparate resistance within schooling, higher education, communities and within the national societies- learning internationally. This book, written by noted and leading Marxist authors and activists, is an important contribution to Marxist education and broader theory- but also a spur to revolutionary anti-capitalist praxis-in education and beyond.

CONTENTS

Introduction: Dave Hill

PART 1: Austerity Capitalism, Immiseration and Education

1. Immiseration Capitalism Curry Malott, Dave Hill & Grant Banfield

2. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Greece Panagiotis Sotiris

3. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Ireland Martin Power, Micheal O’Flynn, Aline Courtois & Margaret Kennedy

4. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Britain Dave Hill, Christine Lewis, Alpesh Maisuria & Patrick Yarker

5. Austerity Capitalism and Education in Turkey Fevziye Sayilan & Nuray Turkmen

6. Austerity Capitalism and Education in the USA Curry Malott & Faith Agostinone-Wilson

PART 2: Activism within/ against Immiseration Capitalism

7. Resistance in Greece Leonidas Vatikiotis and Maria Nikolakaki

8. Resistance in Ireland Micheal O’Flynn, Martin Power, Conor McCabe & Henry Silke

9. Resistance in Britain Joyce Canaan, Dave Hill, & Alpesh Maisuria

10. Resistance in Turkey Kemal İnal & H. Tuğba Öztürk

11. Resistance in the USA Curry Malott & Faith Agostinone-Wilson

PART 3: Peripheries

12. Immiseration Capitalism or Twenty-First century Socialism? Mike Cole & Peter McLaren

13. A view from the post-socialist ‘new periphery’ Bill Templer

14. Conclusion: Capitalism, Resistance and Dave Hill, Bill Templer, Panagiotis Sotiris,

What is to be Done? Grant Banfield & Faith Agostinone-Wilson

 

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Dave Hill is a Marxist academic and political and educational activist. He has fought ten elections in England at local, national and European levels, been an elected trade union regional leader and, when the Labour Party was left-wing, was a Labour Group (Council) Leader. In terms of Direct Action, he has recently been tear-gassed while on anti-government demonstrations in Athens and Ankara and is an activist in TUSC (the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) and in Left Unity.  He co-founded the Hillcole Group of Radical left Educators in 1989 and chaired it until 2001, founded the Institute for Education Policy Studies (www.ieps.org.uk) in 1989 and set up the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (www.jceps.com) in 2003. Since then, it, a free online peer-reviewed journal, has been downloaded a million times- free of charge. The journal went into print production in 2012 (available for purchase). He is Research Professor of Education at Anglia Ruskin University, England, and Visiting Professor of Critical Policy and Equality Studies at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and Visiting Professor of Education at  the Universities of Middlesex, London, England, and Athens, Greece.

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Childhood

Childhood

CONFERENCE ON THE NATURE AND VALUE OF CHILDHOOD

16-17 May 2014

University of Sheffield, UK

Currently there is widespread philosophical interest in children’s rights, parental rights and duties, and wider issues concerning good parenting and the social organisation of childrearing. Yet, to fully address these topics one needs to assume an answer to the question of ’What is a child?’ To know who owes what to children in any detail, we need to know what distinguishes childhood from adulthood, and to answer questions about the relative value of childhood and adulthood in the overall life of a human being.

This conference brings together philosophers interested in a cluster of questions that have not been sufficiently discussed so far, but which are starting to draw philosophical attention: What is childhood? Is childhood good intrinsically, or only as preparation for adulthood? If it is intrinsically good, does it have special value – would it be a loss, from the perspective of an entire human life, if one missed out on childhood? Are there any ‘intrinsic goods of childhood’, and what are they? Do we owe children things that are different in nature from the things owed to adults?

 

PAPERS:

Monika Betzler (Berne) ‘Good childhood and the good life’

Teresa Blankmeyer Burke (Gallaudet): ‘The Nature and Value of a Deaf Childhood’

Samantha Brennan (Western Ontario) ‘Trust, time, and play: Three intrinsic goods of childhood’

Matthew Clayton (Warwick) ‘Dignity as an ideal for children’

Jurgen De Wispelaere (McGill) ‘Political rights for Rugrats: Children in the democratic state’

Timothy Fowler (Bristol) ‘Variety is the spice of life?: On the possible significance of their being intrinsic goods of childhood’

Colin Macleod (Victoria) ‘Just schools and good fun: Non-preparatory dimensions of educational justice’

Serena Olsaretti (ICREA/Pompeu Fabra University) ‘Egoism, altruism and the special duties of parents’

Norvin Richards (Alabama) ‘The intrinsic goods of childhood’

Judith Suissa (London) ‘Narrativity, childhood and parenting’

Patrick Tomlin (Reading) ‘Saplings or caterpillars?: Trying to understand children”

Daniel Weinstock (McGill) ‘On the complementarity of the ages of life: Why we wouldn’t want adulthood without childhood, or childhood without
adulthood’

 

The conference will take place on the 16th and 17th of May 2014 at the University of Sheffield, Jessops West Exhibition Space.

Registrationhttp://onlineshop.shef.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=8&prodid=259

For more details get in touch with the organisers: Anca Gheaus (a.gheaus@sheffield.ac.uk) or Lindsey Porter (l.porter@lancaster.ac.uk)

The conference is sponsored by the Society for Applied Philosophy, The Mind Association and The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.

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Daniel Bensaid

Daniel Bensaid

AN IMPATIENT LIFE: A MEMOIR – BY DANIEL BENSAID

An Impatient Life: A Memoir

By Daniel Bensaid

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Daniel Bensaid’s beautiful memoir, illuminating a life-long commitment to revolutionary struggle

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1442-an-impatient-life

Translated by David Fernbach 

Introduction by Tariq Ali 

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In the classic tradition of the philosopher-activist, Daniel Bensaid tells the story of a life deeply entwined with the history of both the French and the international Left. From his family bistro in a staunchly red neighborhood of Toulouse to the founding of the Jeunesses communistes revolutionnaires in the 1960s, from the joyous explosion of May 1968 to the painful experience of defeat in Latin America, from the re-reading of Marx to the ‘Marrano’ trail, Bensaïd relates a life of ideological and practical struggle in which he unflinchingly sought to understand capitalism without ever succumbing to its temptations.

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“France’s leading Marxist public intellectual.” – Tariq Ali

“Daniel’s death is like a wound, not a sadness. A loss which leaves us heavier. However, this weight is the opposite of a burden; it is a message composed, not with words, but with decisions and acts and injuries.” – John Berger

“Daniel Bensaid was my ‘distant companion’ … With his disappearance, the intellectual, activist, political, and what we might call, even though the adjective is today obscure in meaning, ‘revolutionary’ world has changed.” – Alain Badiou

“This absorbing, affecting memoir is a beautiful testament to a richly productive and dignified life…this is an energising book, a book that reminds us of the rightness of refusing the inevitability of capitalism and war, of the promise of international solidarity and socialism, of our responsibility to all those who have made sacrifices in this struggle.” – Dougal McNeill, ISO

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Daniel Bensaid (1946–2010) taught philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, and was the author of books on Marxism, Walter Benjamin, the French Revolution and Joan of Arc. The Marxists’ Internet Archive has a list of obituaries here http://www.marxists.org/archive/bensaid/obits/index.htm

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Pedagogy Out of BoundsPEDAGOGY OUT OF BOUNDS

Pedagogy Out of Bounds: Untamed Variations of Democratic Education

Yusef Waghid

 

 

 

Sense Publishers

2014 – 122 pages

 

Yusef Waghid (Stellenbosch University, Matieland, South Africa)

ISBN Paperback: 9789462096141 ($ 43.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789462096158 ($ 99.00)

Details: https://www.sensepublishers.com/catalogs/bookseries/educational-futures-rethinking-theory-and-practice/pedagogy-out-of-bounds/

Subject: Educational Theory

Number 63 of the series: Educational Futures: Rethinking Theory and Practice

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The focus of this book is on building on current liberal understandings of democratic education as espoused in the ideas of Seyla Benhabib, Eamonnn Callan, Martha Nussbaum, Iris Marion Young and Amy Gutmann, and then examines its implications for pedagogical encounters, more specifically teaching and learning. In other words, pedagogical encounters premised on the idea of iterations (talking back) and reasonable and compassionate action are not enough to engender forms of human engagement that can open up new possibilities and perspectives.

Drawing on the works of poststructuralist theorists, in particular the seminal thoughts of Jacques Derrida, Jacques Rancière, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Lacan, Stanley Cavell, Maxine Greene, Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, and Judith Butler, it is argued that a democratic education in becoming has the potential to rupture pedagogical encounters towards new beginnings on the basis that teachers and students can never know with certainty and completeness.

Consequently, it is argued that teaching and learning ought to be associated with pedagogical activities in the making, more specifically a pedagogy out of bounds, in terms of which speech and action would remain positively free, sceptically critical, and responsibly vigilant – a matter of making teaching and learning more authentic so that students and teachers are provoked to see things as they could be otherwise through an enhanced form of ethical and political imagination. It is through pedagogical encounters out of bounds that relations between teachers and students stand a better chance of dealing with the strangeness and mysteries of unexpected, unfamiliar, and improbable action.

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