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Eisenstein

Eisenstein

TALES OF THE 1%: NOIR AND CAPITALISM

CLASS, CRIME & INTERNATIONAL FILM NOIR

 

Dennis Broe with Steven Wishnia
Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 pm

Brecht Forum @ The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn 11217

http://brechtforum.org/civicrm/event/info?id=12681&reset=1

 

Brecht Forum: http://brechtforum.org/

 

In the decade between the Popular Front and the Communist Purge (1938-48), lower budget, seedy crime films not only in the US, but also in Europe and Asia, collectively called film noir, were a prominent way that film artists critiqued the new international reign of corporate capital. That critique has continued today where regional formations of the style (Nordic, Asian and Mediterranean Noir) have nourished and kept alive noir’s biting critique of the accumulation of capital where lives are smashed, dreams are brutally broken, and those left standing endure with bitterness and confusion while those who hide behind the laws and accumulate bigger piles of loot.

Dennis and Steven will speak of the body of work in film, fiction and other cultural works about what noir is, and how it came about and new directions in lm and literary noir today.

Dennis Broe is a professor of media arts at Long Island University. His previous book, Film Noir, American Workers and Post-War Hollywood was a Choice Outstanding Academic Book. He has written widely on political economy, movie studio history and the Western in Cinema Journal, Jump Cut, Situations and other journals. He is also a film critic on Pacifica Radio. His latest book from Palgrave/Macmillan is Class, Crime & International Noir: Globalizing America’s Dark Art, which will be published on May 8.

Steven Wishnia is the author of the novel When the Drumming Stops (Manic D Press, 2012), the short-story collection Exit 25 Utopia, and The Cannabis Companion, and contributed to Long Island Noir. A journalist specializing in housing, labor, and drug issues, he co-edited Imagine: Living in a Socialist U.S.A. He also played bass in the 1980s punk band False Prophets and artist Mac McGill’s multimedia show.

Economics of the 1%

Economics of the 1%

 

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Marxism and Art

Marxism and Art

MARXISM AND ART

The Marx Memorial Library presents lectures on Marxism and Art with Dr Grant Pooke

 

Tuesday 24 September:

‘Red-Spectre Jitters: Francis Klingender, Art History and the Cold War’

 

Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Library.

Lectures are free although a collection will be taken.

 

Dr Laura Miller

Administrator

Marx Memorial Library

37a Clerkenwell Green

London EC1R 0DU

(Tel)  0207 253 1485

(Web site): http://www.marx-memorial-library.org

Marx Memorial Library

Marx Memorial Library

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Marx Memorial Library

Marx Memorial Library

MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY: THE HERITAGE OF RALPH MILIBAND

These lectures at the Marx Memorial Library celebrate the contributions of sociologist and political thinker Ralph Miliband to Marxist thought and politics.

 

The Heritage of Ralph Miliband

Convened and presented by Mike Newman

 

 

Tuesday 17 June – Labour and the New Left: Parliamentary Socialism

Tuesday 24 June – Marxism and Politics: The State in Capitalist Society

 

Dr Laura Miller

Administrator

Marx Memorial Library

37a Clerkenwell Green

London EC1R 0DU

(Tel)  0207 253 1485

(Web site): http://www.marx-memorial-library.org

 

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Marx Memorial Library

Marx Memorial Library

MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY: POLITICAL ECONOMY FOR TRADE UNIONISTS

There is a series of four classes entitled Political Economy for Trade Unionists taking place in April and May as follows:

 

Tuesday 29 April – Today’s Capitalist Crisis: Banks, Profits, Wages and Austerity

Tutor:  Jonathan White

 

Tuesday 6 May – The Assault on the Workplace: Rights, Conditions and Pay

Tutor: John McGee

 

Tuesday 13 May – The Law and Industrial Relations

Tutor: John Hendy QC

 

Tuesday 20 May – The Assault on Democratic Rights: The threat to labour’s collective voice

Tutor:  Professor Marj Mayo

 

All classes begin at 6.30 in the Lecture Hall at the Library.  The Registration fee for four classes is £12.

 

Dr Laura Miller

Administrator

Marx Memorial Library

37a Clerkenwell Green

London EC1R 0DU

(Tel)  0207 253 1485

(Web site) http://www.marx-memorial-library.org

 

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London Radical BookfairRESILIENCE: THE GOVERNANCE OF COMPLEXITY

A new book by David Chandler

BOOK LAUNCH AND ROUNDTABLE

Speakers: David Chandler (University of Westminster), Julian Reid (University of Lapland), Phil Hammond (London South Bank University)

Books will be 20% off cover price and there will be wine and nibbles (sponsored by Routledge and the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster)

Time: 6.00 – 8.00pm, Wednesday 14 May 2014
Venue: Westminster Forum, 5th Floor, 32-38 Wells Street (5 mins from Oxford Circus), University of Westminster.

Resilience: The Governance of Complexity
(Routledge: Critical Issues in Global Politics)
Amazon page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Resilience-Governance-Complexity-Critical-Politics/dp/0415741408/ref=dp_return_1?ie=UTF8&n=266239&s=books

Resilience has become a central concept in government policy understandings over the last decade. In our complex, global and interconnected world, resilience appears to be the policy ‘buzzword’ of choice, alleged to be the solution to a wide and ever-growing range of policy issues. This book analyses the key aspects of resilience-thinking and highlights how resilience impacts upon traditional conceptions of governance.

This concise and accessible book investigates how resilience-thinking adds new insights into how politics (both domestically and internationally) is understood to work and how problems are perceived and addressed; from educational training in schools to global ethics and from responses to shock events and natural disasters to long-term international policies to promote peace and development. This book also raises searching questions about how resilience-thinking influences the types of knowledge and understanding we value and challenges traditional conceptions of social and political processes.

It sets forward a new and clear conceptualisation of resilience, of use to students, academics and policy-makers, emphasising the links between the rise of resilience and awareness of the complex nature of problems and policy-making.

Table of contents: 1. Introduction: The Rise of Resilience, Part One: Thematics 2. Governing Complexity 3. Resilience: Putting Life to Work Part Two: Resilience and the International 4. The Politics of Limits: The Rise of Complexity in Peacebuilding, 5. The ‘Everyday’ Policy Solution: Culture, from Limit to Resource 6. A New Global Ethic: The Transformative Power of the Embedded Subject Part Three: The Politics of Resilience 7. Revealing the Public: The Reality of the Event and the Banality of Evil 8. The Democracy of Participation 9. The Poverty of Post-Humanism 10. Conclusion: Resilience, the Promise of Complexity

Review: David Chandler’s Resilience takes a fashionably vague catchword and subjects it to a masterful critique and reconstruction. In his words, resilience is ‘a way of thinking about how we think about the being of being.’ As such it is nothing less than an epistemic revolution in the making, a shift in what, following Foucault, it is possible to think. Nicholas Onuf, Professor Emeritus, Department of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University, USA.

About the Author: David Chandler is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster. He is the founding editor of the journal Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses. His recent books include: Hollow Hegemony: Rethinking Global Politics, Power and Resistance (Pluto, 2009); International Statebuilding: The Rise of Post-Liberal Governance (Routledge, Critical Issues in Global Politics, 2010); and Freedom vs Necessity in International Relations: Human-Centred Approaches to Security and Development (Zed, 2013).

David Chandler, Professor of International Relations, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster, 32-38 Wells Street, London, W1T 3UW. Tel: ++44 (0)776 525 3073.

Journal Editor, Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/resi20

Amazon books page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Chandler/e/B001HCXV7Y/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 ;

Personal website: http://www.davidchandler.org/;
Twitter: @DavidCh27992090

 

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Aesthetics

Aesthetics

THE POLITICS OF COMMON GROUND

Seminar: The Politics of Common Ground

Tuesday April 29th @ 3-5PM, Room LTB B

University of Essex, Colchester Campus

For this seminar Professor Jeremy Gilbert will discuss his new book: Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism.

Common Ground explores the philosophical relationship between collectivity, individuality, affect and agency in the neoliberal era. Jeremy Gilbert argues that individualism is forced upon us by neoliberal culture, fatally limiting our capacity to escape the current crisis of democratic politics.

The book asks how forces and ideas opposed to neoliberal hegemony, and to the individualist tradition in Western thought, might serve to protect some form of communality, and how far we must accept assumptions about the nature of individuality and collectivity which are the legacy of an elitist tradition. Along the way it examines different ideas and practices of collectivity, from conservative notions of hierarchical and patriarchal communities to the politics of ‘horizontality’ and ‘the commons’ which are at the heart of radical movements today.

Exploring this fundamental fault line in contemporary political struggle, Common Ground proposes a radically non-individualist mode of imagining social life, collective creativity and democratic possibility.

Professor Jeremy Gilbert is a writer, researcher and activist whose work has appeared in various British, continental, American and Australian publications and has been translated into French, Spanish and German. His most recent book is Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism (Pluto 2013) and he has co-authored books on the philosophy of dance music and the relationship between culture and politics in Blair’s Britain as well as publishing numerous articles on cultural theory, politics and music.

Sponsored by the Centre for Work, Organization, and Society

This seminar is part of an ongoing workshop series on artist collectives.

For more information contact Stevphen Shukaitis: sshuka@essex.ac.uk

 

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Education System

Education System

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH SEMINAR ON MARXISM, CRITICAL PEDAGOGY AND EDUCATION

Wednesday 9th July 2014 3.00pm-7.30pm

Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, England

Department of Education

International Education Research Seminar on Marxism, Critical Pedagogy and Education

 

(Followed by social event / eating out near Chelmsford Station

Room: SAW 005 or other room (tbc)

 

Introduced by Alpesh Maisuria (University of East London, England) and Professor Dave Hill (Anglia Ruskin University, England)

 

SPEAKERS:

Dr. Ayse Elitok (Adnan Menderes University, Aydin, Turkey)`Village Institutes’ in Turkey- the development of secular education in rural Turkey and their demise in the face of landlord and religious opposition’

Dr. Tom Griffiths (Newcastle University, NSW, Australia) `Critical Education and World-Systems Analysis’

Dr. Lilia Monzo (Chapman University, Orange, California, USA) A Critical Pedagogy for Democracy: Confronting Higher Education’s Neoliberal Agenda with a Critical Latina Feminist Episteme

Dr. Paolo Vittoria (Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Popular Education and Social Change in Latin America: another school is possible?

 

For information: paulette.luff@anglia.ac.uk or dave.hill@anglia.ac.uk

 

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International Conference on Critical Education

International Conference on Critical Education

World Crisis

World Crisis

HOW CAPITALISM SURVIVES: HISTORICAL MATERIALISM LONDON CONFERENCE 2014

How Capitalism Survives
Eleventh Annual Historical Materialism London Conference
6-9 November 2014
Vernon Square, Central London*

This year marks the first of a series of centennial commemorations and anniversaries, starting with that of the first worldwide inter-imperialist conflict. Centuries of colonialism and imperialism served as a preparatory phase for the catastrophe. Indeed, while the main parties of the Second International trampled the revolutionary socialist tradition in trench-mud, the First World War destroyed the illusion that imperialist violence could be wreaked on the colonies while leaving Europe untouched. If capital came into the world ‘dripping from head to toe, from every pore, with blood and dirt’, Marx’s analysis of ‘primitive accumulation’ has certainly not been confined to a pre-history of capital.

And yet, contrary to all expectations, despite these tremors and shocks, despite the terrifying glances into the abyss of destruction, capitalism has survived. Not only has capital muddled through; it has mutated, adapted and, by some criteria, emerged stronger than before. At the same time, however, new contradictions and crises have appeared, expanding the spaces of critique to the ecological and the ideological terrains and opening up new possibilities of revolutionary breakthrough.

In recent years, the crisis and the movements emerging in response have re-opened an opportunity to envision, and fight for, substantive alternatives. But these movements have remained fragmented and have faced increasing state repression and imperialist aggression. And the on-going crisis is now raising the stakes. It is clear that this crisis is indeed global, leading to deepening austerity in the North and undermining the conditions for sustained growth in the South. If, in the North, the ‘war on terror’ manifests itself in intensified state racism and Islamophobia, the crisis is also intensifying and bringing to the surface underlying international rivalries. The winds of war from the South are reaching Europe once again. But from the South, movements worldwide also bear witness to countless examples of struggle and resistance.

At this year’s conference, we want to explore capital’s capacity to survive in order to explore, first and foremost, how it can be overcome. We are interested in investigating contemporary geographical reconfigurations of accumulation and interrogating theories of imperialism, hegemonic succession, and capital’s tendencies towards increasing inter-state rivalries. On the other hand, we want to delve into theories and practices of class struggles, social movements and resistance which create possible alternatives to neoliberalism, crisis and war by constantly challenging the smooth reproduction of capitalism in its gendered, social, economic, political, racial, ecological, cultural and ideological dimensions. In doing so, we also want to enrich our understanding of a Marxian analysis of ‘core’ and ‘periphery’ with an analysis of current developments of Marxism in the South in general and in the BRICS economies in particular. We also hope to continue the theme on Race and Capital inaugurated last year.

We welcome abstract proposals of 200 words on these themes or any others, in all disciplines, from all continents and from all perspectives within Marxism. The deadline for proposals is 15th May 2014.

Please register your abstracts here: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual11/submit

Separate calls go out for the following streams: Marxism and Feminism, and Ecology and Climate Change.

* Please note that this year the conference will not be taking place at the main SOAS buildings at Thornhaugh Square.

International Conference on Critical Education

International Conference on Critical Education

 

 

 

 

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Knowledge

Knowledge

MAKING CONNECTIONS

IDIMC 2014

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Abstract Submission Deadline: 6 June 2014
IDIMC 2014 ‘Making Connections’
International Data and Information Management Conference
17 September 2014 Loughborough, UK
http://idimc.org/
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The Centre for Information Management <http://www.lboro.ac.uk/cim&gt; at Loughborough University, in collaboration with the British Computer Society Data Management Specialist Group<http://www.bcs.org/category/17607&gt; is pleased to announce its inaugural International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC), taking place on 17th September 2014.

The conference will bring together researchers, managers and policy makers from academia, industry, government, commerce and the third sector. The overarching theme of this year’s conference is ‘making connections’ to reflect the interconnected nature of data, knowledge creation and information management.

The day will comprise a series of invited and contributed papers and posters and excellent networking opportunities throughout the day.

Confirmed Speakers include
Dr Mark Harrison, Director Auto-ID Lab, Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge.
Professor Tom Wilson, University of Sheffield

Programme Committee
Christine L. Borgman, Presidential Chair & Professor of Information Studies, University of California
Guy Fitzgerald, Professor of Information Systems, Loughborough University
Robert Galliers, Distinguished Professor in Information Systems, Bentley University
Michael Myers, Professor of Information Systems, University of Auckland
Reijo Savolainen, Professor at the Department of Information Studies, University of Tampere
Philip Woodall, Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Conference theme: Making Connections
The information society and knowledge based economy rely on the organisation and retrieval of data and information; the processes associated with knowledge creation; and the knowledge required to design, develop and implement solutions that enable the exploitation of knowledge, data and information. However, it is when the contribution of these strands of important research are combined and integrated that their influence has the power to make breakthrough impacts on the information society and knowledge based economy. Therefore, the overarching theme of the conference is ‘making connections’, and we particularly encourage papers that reflect the interconnections and links between some of the key areas of interest outlined below.

Topics of interest
IDIMC welcomes submissions for oral presentations, and for posters, within, but not limited to, the following areas of data and information management:
•               Big data
•               Organisation and Information Retrieval
•               Data analytics, enterprise data and business intelligence
•               Data quality management
•               Open and linked data
•               Data integration, cloud computing and data warehousing
•               Master data management
•               Data visualization
•               Managing industrial data
•               Industrial data and information value
•               Knowledge creation
•               Knowledge management
•               Sharing information securely
•               People’s information behaviour
•               People centred design
•               Enterprise Information Management
•               Management of Information Systems
•               Information management benefits realization
•               Monitoring information management impact
•               Evaluating information management impact

•               Systems development methodologies
Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings published by LISU, Loughborough University.

Important dates
Submissions open: 5 March 2014
Submission deadline: 6 June 2014
Notification of authors: 4 July 2014
Deadline for final papers 29 August 2014
Conference: 17 September 2014

Submission process
Each proposal should be made using the submission template available from http://www.idimc.org/papers <http://www.idimc.org/papers&gt;  including details of authors/presenters, the proposal type (oral presentation or poster) and an abstract of 1,000 words. The completed form should be emailed to the Conference organisers: idimc@lboro.ac.uk<mailto:idimc@lboro.ac.uk>. All documents should be in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format. The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 6 June 2014.

Accepted authors will be required to submit a full paper of between 3,000 and 5,000 words before the final submission date: Friday 29th August 2014.

Registration information
For all accepted papers and posters, at least one presenter must register for the conference; discounted rates will be available. Registration will open in May 2014. Please email the organisers (idimc@lboro.ac.uk <mailto:idimc@lboro.ac.uk>) to register interest and receive advance notification of registration.

Contact details
For further information, please email the conference organisers: idimc@lboro.ac.uk<mailto:idimc@lboro.ac.uk> or visit the conference website http://www.idimc.org

 

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Education

Education

MASS INTELLECTUALITY

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO A BOOK ON ‘MASS INTELLECTUALITY: THE DEMOCRATISATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION’

Joss Winn (University of Lincoln, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Educational Research and Development) at: http://josswinn.org/2014/02/book-proposal-mass-intellectuality-the-democratisation-of-higher-education/

Through our work on the Social Science Centre, Richard Hall and I have been approached to produce a book which documents and critically analyses ‘alternative higher education’ projects in terms of their being critical responses to ‘intellectual leadership’ in mainstream higher education. The book is intended to be part of a series already agreed with Bloomsbury Academic Publishing that focuses on ‘intellectual leadership’. The series editors have encouraged us to develop a proposal for an edited volume. A brief statement about the series is:

‘Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education’ is a research-level series comprising monographs and edited collections with an emphasis on authored books. The prime purpose of the series is to provide a forum for different and sometimes divergent perspectives on what intellectual leadership means within the context of higher education as it develops in the 21st century.

This is an invitation to attend a workshop where we aim to collectively design a book proposal that is submitted to Bloomsbury. As you can see below, we have drafted a proposal, which the series editors and their peer-reviewers have responded very positively to, but it has always been our intention to ultimately produce the book in a collaborative way with all its authors.

[UPDATE: Just to be clear: we welcome contributions from authors who are not based in the UK and can offer a perspective from outside the UK. It is our intention that the book have an international focus. Attendance at the workshop is preferred but not obligatory.]

We hope that from the workshop, a revised proposal is produced with confirmed authors and chapter summaries, which we will then submit to Bloomsbury for final approval.

We are very optimistic that it will be accepted, but of course we are at liberty to submit the proposal elsewhere if Bloomsbury decide not to go ahead with it. Either way, we are confident of getting the book published.

Hopefully, the draft proposal below is largely self-explanatory. The chapters headings are only indicative in order to get us this far. We expect a fully revised proposal to come out of the workshop with input from all authors.

If you are interested in writing a chapter for the book, you are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop. We will be seeking international contributions to the book, but would like as many authors as possible to help design the book through attendance at this workshop.

We welcome anyone who is involved with and/or working on alternative higher education projects such as free universities, transnational collectives, occupied spaces, and co-operatives for higher education. We hope that this book will provide a lasting critical analysis of recent and existing efforts to develop alternatives to mainstream higher education in the UK and elsewhere. We expect it to encompass chapters which focus on all aspects of these initiatives including, for example, governance, pedagogy, institutional form, theory, disciplinary boundaries, subjectivities: ‘academic’, ‘teacher’, ‘student’, ‘researcher’, and the role and nature of research outside of mainstream universities.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 5th June in Leicester, UK. Exact details of time and place will be sent to participants nearer the date. If you would like to attend, please email Joss Winn prior to 10th May, with a brief abstract of your anticipated contribution. This will help us get a sense of direction prior to the workshop and organise it more effectively. If you are unable to attend the workshop but would like to contribute to the book, please tell us.

 

OUTLINE:

1. Book Title and Subtitle.

‘Mass Intellectuality: The democratisation of higher education’

2. Summary

Drawing on the activism of academics and students working in, against and beyond the neo-liberal university, this book brings together for the first time, both an analysis of the crisis of higher education and the alternative forms that are emerging from its ruins.

3. Description (marketing)

Higher education in the UK and elsewhere is in crisis. The idea of the public university is under assault, and both the future of the sector and its relationship to society are being gambled. Higher education is increasingly unaffordable, its historic institutions are becoming untenable, and their purpose is resolutely instrumental. What and who have led us to this crisis? What are the alternatives? To whom do we look for leadership in revealing those alternatives?

This book brings together critical analyses of the failures of ‘intellectual leadership’ in the University, and documents on-going efforts from around the world to create alternative models for organising higher education and the production of knowledge. Its authors offer their experience and views from inside and beyond the structures of mainstream higher education, in order to reflect critically on efforts to create really existing alternatives.

The authors argue that mass higher education is at the point where it no longer reflects the needs, capacities and long-term interests of society. An alternative role and purpose is required, based upon ‘mass intellectuality’ or the real possibility of democracy in learning and the production of knowledge.

4. Key features

1. The book critiques the role of higher education and the University in developing solutions to global crises that are economic and socio-environmental. In this way it grounds an analysis of the idea that there is no alternative for higher education but to contribute to neoliberal agendas for economic growth and the marketisation of everyday life. The restrictions on the socio-cultural leadership inside the University are revealed.

2. The book describes and analyses several real, alternative forms of higher education that have emerged around the world since the ‘Great Recession’ in 2008. These alternatives emerged from worker-student occupations, from engagements in civil society, and from the co-operatives movement. These projects highlight a set of co-operative possibilities for demonstrating and negotiating new forms of political leadership related to higher learning that are against the neo-liberal university.

3. The book argues that the emergence of alternative forms of higher education, based on co-operative organising principles, points both to the failure of intellectual leadership inside the University and to the real possibility of democracy in learning and the production of knowledge. The place of ‘Mass Intellectuality’ as a form of distributed leadership that is beyond the limitations of intellectual leadership in the University will be critiqued, in order to frame social responses to the crisis.

5. Table of Contents

Chapters to be negotiated in a dedicated workshop for the book. However, examples indicative of actual content are as follows.

1. Introduction: Leadership and academic labour: the failure of intellectual leadership in Higher Education [Joss Winn and Richard Hall]

This chapter will introduce the book by offering a perspective on the different types of ‘intellectual leadership’ that exist within higher education i.e. the state, university management, and academic. It will establish a critical framework for understanding the role of each, focused upon their interrelationships, and the tensions and barriers that arise. The chapter aims to introduce and provide a review of the term ‘intellectual leadership’, and then offer a different way of conceiving it as a form of social relationship. In doing so, the authors will briefly question the role, purpose and idea of the university and ask what is it for, or rather, why is it being led? For what purpose? If there has been a failure of leadership, whom has it failed? The authors will then draw on other chapters in the book to offer further responses to these questions, which are themselves developed through the structure of the book: in; against; and beyond the university. We will review the aim of each section, how they are connected and why they point to the need for alternatives. We will address whether it is possible to define alternatives for higher education as a coherent project, and if so how can they be developed and what is the role of leadership in that process?

First section: inside the University

This section sets up the problems of intellectual leadership, historically, philosophically and politically. The co-editors suggest the following indicative areas, which will be defined at the workshop.

  • The failures of intellectual leadership: historical critique (including militarisation and financialisation)
  • The failures of intellectual leadership: philosophical critique
  • Intellectual leadership and limits of institutional structures: managerialism and corporatisation against academic freedom
  • Technology: enabling democracy or cybernetic control?
  • The recursive ‘logic’ of openness in higher education: Levelling the ivory tower?

Second section: against the University

This section documents responses to the first section, in the form of recent critical case studies from those working and studying within and outside the academy. The co-editors suggest the following indicative areas, which will be defined at the workshop.

  • Leaderless networks, education and power
  • Student intellectual leadership: models of student-academic and student-worker collaboration
  • Forms of co-operation: case studies of organisational democracy in education
  • Historical examples of leaderless organisation
  • Historical examples of resistance to intellectual leadership
  • Regional examples of alternatives: Latin America, etc.
  • A review of recent initiatives: Student as Producer, SSC, FUN, Free University Brighton, Liverpool, Ragged, P2PU, Brisbane, Edufactory, etc.

Third section: beyond the University

This section provides a critical analysis of the responses described in section two and draws out generalisable themes related to the purpose, organisation and production of higher education, in terms of the idea of Mass Intellectuality, relating it to leadership.  The co-editors suggest the following indicative areas, which will be defined at the workshop.

  • Co-operative higher education. Conversion or new institution building?
  • Other models: Open Source ‘benevolent dictator’; heroic leader; radical collegiality, co-operatives
  • Critiques of horizontalism, P2P production, forms of co-operation, radical democracy, etc.
  • Beyond/problems with/critique of ‘Student as Producer’ (Lincoln)
  • General intellect, mass intellectuality: New forms of intellectuality
  • Higher and higher education: Utopian forms of higher education
  • Intellectual leadership and local communities
  • Public intellectuals and public education

Conclusion. The role of free universities: in, against and beyond [Joss Winn and Richard Hall].

The concluding chapter will aim to synthesis key points from the book into an over-arching critical, theoretical argument based upon evidence from the preceding chapters. We will question whether the examples of alternatives to intellectual leadership inside and beyond the university are effective and whether they are prefigurative of a fundamental change in the meaning, purpose and form of higher education. We will reflect on the concept of ‘mass intellectuality’, and attempt to develop this idea in light of our critique and preceding evidence. We will attempt to identify a coherent vision for alternatives to mainstream higher education and assess the role and form of ‘intellectual leadership’.

 

6. Chapter by chapter synopsis

This needs to be determined at our workshop, but the text below is indicative.

Section one collects chapters which discuss the historical, political-economic and technological trajectory of the modern university, with a particular critical focus on the ‘imaginary futures’ of post-war higher education in the UK and elsewhere. In the context of the current social and economic crises, the chapters lay out the failures of universities and their leaders to provide an on-going and effective challenge to neo-liberalism and question why.

Section two collects chapters which focus on recent and historical attempts by students and academics to resist, reinvent and revolutionise the university from within. Looking at UK and international examples, they examine the characteristics of these efforts and assess the effectiveness of critical forms of praxis aimed against what the university has become.

Section three collects chapters which reflect critically on recent student and academic activism that goes beyond the institutional form of the university to understand higher education as a form of social relations independent of mainstream disciplines and structures. They examine several inter-related and complementary forms of practice as well as reflecting critically on their own practice.

 

7. Indicative Submission date

  • Workshop to define content and structure in 5th June 2014
  • First draft of all chapters by October/November 2014.
  • Peer-review of chapters completed by February/March 2015.
  • Final draft chapters to co-editors by May/June 2015.
  • Manuscript delivered by September 2015.

 

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Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant

ANGELA DAVIS, HARRY BELAFONTE, CORNEL WEST, KSHAMA SAWANT, AMY GOODMAN, DAVID HARVEY, AND STANLEY ARONOWITZ TO SPEAK AT LEFT FORUM 2014

Left Forum 2014

May 30th – June 1st

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

524 West 59th Street New York, NY, 10019

Left Forum is the largest annual conference in the United States of the broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, organizations and the interested public. Each year thousands of conference participants come together in New York City to discuss pressing local, national and global issues; to better understand commonalities and differences, and alternatives to current predicaments; or to share ideas to help build social movements to transform the world. This year’s theme is “Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice.” Panels can be proposed until the deadline of April 27th.

 

Propose a panel or workshop

http://www.leftforum.org/panels/instructions

 

Download Call for panels

http://www.leftforum.org/content/left-forum-2014-conference-theme

 

2014 Theme

http://www.leftforum.org/content/left-forum-2014-conference-theme
Left Forum Newsletter

http://www.leftforum.org/files/newsletter/Left-Forum-Newsletter-2013.pdf
Register for the conference here

http://www.leftforum.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=126823&qid=418374

 

Left Forum: www.leftforum.org

David Harvey

David Harvey

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Education

Education

WORLD CONGRESS ON EDUCATION 2014 (WCE-2014)

Call for Papers, Extended Abstracts, Posters, Workshops and Tutorials!
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World Congress on Education (WCE-2014)
Organised by the University of South Africa (UNISA)
September 15 – 17, 2014,
Nelspruit, Pretoria, South Africa
www.worldconedu.org
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The WCE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The WCE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education. The aim of WCE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The WCE-2014 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation.

The topics in WCE-2014 include but are not confined to the following areas:
*Accessible World*

  • Aging and Disability
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)
  • Assessment and Early intervention
  • Baby Boomers
  • Building and Sustaining an Inclusive Community
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Curriculum Adaptation and Modification
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Developmental
  • Disabilities Disability and Diversity
  • E-Accessibility
  • Human Rights/Disability Rights
  • Legal Issues (Legislative and Policy)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Living In(ter)dependently
  • Support Services
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Public Health, Diversity and Disability
  • Resiliency Across the Lifespan
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Study Skills Development
  • Sustainable Environment
  • Climate Change

*Adult Education*

  • Competitive Skills
  • Continuing Education
  • Higher Education
  • Adult education
  • Vocational Education
  • Transferring Disciplines

*Art Education*

  • Music Education
  • Writing Education
  • Imaginative Education
  • Language Education
  • History

*Business Education*

  • Educational Administration
  • Human Resource Development
  • Academic Advising and Counselling
  • Education Policy and Leadership
  • Industrial Cooperation
  • Life-long Learning Experiences
  • Workplace Learning and Collaborative Learning
  • Work Employability
  • Educational Institution Government Partnership
  • Patent Registration and Technology Transfer
  • University Spin-Off Companies

*Course Management* 

  • Accreditation and Quality Assurance
  • Academic Experiences and Best Practice Contributions
  • Copyright
  • Digital Libraries and Repositories
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • E-content Management and Development
  • E-content Management and Development. Open Content
  • e-Portfolios
  • Grading Methods
  • Knowledge Management
  • Quality processes at National and International level
  • Security and Data Protection
  • Student Selection Criteria in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • User-Generated Content

*Curriculum, Research and Development* 

  • Acoustics in Education Environment
  • APD/Listening
  • Counsellor Education
  • Courses, Tutorials and Labs
  • Curriculum Design
  • ESL/TESL
  • Bullying
  • Social Networking
  • Study Abroad Programmes
  • Faculty Development
  • Distance Learning: Assessment, Methods and Technologies
  • Teaching and Learning Experiences in Engineering Education

*Educational Foundations*

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Geographical Education
  • Health Education
  • Home Education
  • Rural Education
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Second life Educators
  • Social Studies Education
  • Special Education

*Interaction and Cultural Models of Disability* 

  • Adaptive Transportation
  • Augmented and Alternative Communication
  • Gerontechnology
  • Healthcare Specialists
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Labor Market Integration
  • Medical Experts
  • Sport, Fitness and Leisure
  • Special Educational Centres
  • Social Innovation and E-Service Delivery
  • Social Workers
  • Student and Adults with Disabilities
  • Usability and Ergonomics

*Learning / Teaching Methodologies and Assessment* 

  • Simulated Communities and Online Mentoring
  • e-Testing and new Test Theories
  • Supervising and Managing Student Projects
  • Pedagogy Enhancement with e-Learning
  • Educating the Educators
  • Immersive Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Computer-Aided Assessment
  • Metrics and Performance Measurement
  • Assessment Software Tools
  • Assessment Methods in Blended Learning Environments

*Global Issues In Education and Research*

  • Education, Research and Globalization
  • Barriers to Learning (ethnicity, age, psychosocial factors, …)
  • Women and Minorities in Science and Technology
  • Indigenous and Diversity Issues
  • Government Policy issues
  • Organizational, Legal and Financial Aspects
  • Digital Divide
  • Increasing Affordability and Access to the Internet
  • Ethical issues in Education
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Plagiarism

 

Important dates:

* Research Paper, Extended Abstract, Case Study, Work in Progress and

* Report Submission Deadline: June 01, 2014

* Notification of Paper, Extended Abstract, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Acceptance Date: June 15, 2014

* Final Paper Submission Deadline for Conference Proceedings Publication: August 01, 2014

* Workshop Proposal Submission Deadline: June 25, 2014

* Notification of Workshop Proposal Acceptance/Rejection: July 05, 2014

* Poster/Demo Proposal Submission: June 25, 2014

* Notification of Poster/Demo Acceptance: July 05, 2014

* Participant(s) Registration (Open): April 01, 2014

* Early Bird Registration: February 01 to June 30, 2014

* Late Bird Registration: July 01 to August 15, 2014

* Conference Dates: September 15 – 17, 2014

 

For further information please visit WCE-2014 at: www.worldconedu.org

International Conference on Critical Education

International Conference on Critical Education

 

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