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THE CRUNCH CHALLENGES: THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE CREDIT CRUNCH FOR EDUCATION

This is part of the Current Issues in Post-Compulsory Education seminar series at London South Bank University

These seminars should be of interest to all those working in the post-compulsory sector.

 

 

The first seminar is:

The Crunch Challenges: The Consequences of the Credit Crunch for Education

Ian McNay

13th May, 5.30-7.30

8th Floor, The Keyworth Centre, London South Bank University

Keyworth Street, London SE1 6NG

 

Reductions in funded student numbers in higher education, reductions in employer support, the prospect of a long-term squeeze on public funding – just some of the more obvious challenges of the credit crunch for higher education. How do we make sense of and address these challenges, including those affecting expansion, mission diversity and equity? Bring your own crunch issues to add to the agenda!  Ian McNay is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Management at the University of Greenwich, London, where he was head of the School of Post-Compulsory Education and Training. Recent publications include Beyond Mass Higher Education: Building on Experience (SRHE/Open University Press, 2006) and Higher Education and Human Good (with Jennifer Bone) (Tockington Press, 2006).

 

Map and directions: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about/maps.shtml

 

Teas and coffees will be provided at 5.30, so you must book a place by replying to:

Alison Britton

Reader in Educational Development

Director, Programme for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

London South Bank University

Education Department

Rotary Street

London

Office: Borough Road B304

Phone: 0207 815 6498

Email: alison.britton@lsbu.ac.uk

 

 

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Recession Blues

 

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TOBY LLOYD on the housing disaster
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KATE CRAWFORD on adulthood
ZYGMUNT BAUMAN on life on credit
RICHARD MURPHY on tax justice
JULIE FROUD on city pay
TOBY DODGE on Iraq’s new ruling elite
ANTHONY JACKSON and EVE MITCHELL on food sovereignty
HEATHER NUNN and ANITA BIRESSI on the undeserving poor
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Capitalism Hits the Fan

 

A Message from Rick Wolff about his Film

 

Dear Friends

 

I hope that you may find a new film that I made with the Media Education Foundation (MEF) interesting and useful. Called “Capitalism Hits the Fan,” it is aimed at colleges, universities, and also high schools for instructional use, but it can serve other purposes as well. You can get a sense of it at http://www.capitalismhitsthefan.com/

 

The dvd can be ordered now and will be shipped by month’s end. It is also possible to view the full-length version (just under an hour) freely, albeit in low resolution, at the MEF website: http://www.mediaed. org/cgi-bin/ commerce. cgi?preadd= action&key=139. While the institutional prices are high, individuals can order the DVD for $ 19.95. The DVD contains both the full-length version and a shorter 35-minute version.

 

You may be especially interested in the critical analytical approach to explaining the causes of the current crisis, in the critique of Keynesian stimulus-cum-re-regulation “solutions,” and in the sketch of an alternative solution.

 

Your comments and criticisms would be welcome.

 

Rick Wolff

 

Capitalism Hits the Fan

Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown

 

A Media Education Foundation Production

 

“With unerring coherence and unequal breadth of knowledge, Rick Wolff offers a rich and much needed corrective to the views of mainstream economists and pundits. It would be difficult to come away from this viewing with anything but an acute appreciation of what is needed to get us out of this mess” – Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education, City University.

 

About the Movie

 

With breathtaking clarity, renowned University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breraks down the root causes of today’s economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself. Wolff traces the source of the economic crisis to the 1970s, when wages began to stagnate and American workers were forced into a dysfunctional spiral of borrowing and debt that ultimately exploded in the mortgage meltdown. By placing the crisis within this larger historical and systemic framework, Wolff argues convincingly that the proposed government “bailouts”, stimulus packages, and calls for increased market regulation will not be enough to address the real causes of the crisis – in the end suggesting that far more fundamental change will be necessary to avoid future catastrophes. Richly illustrated with motion graphics and charts, this is a superb introduction designed to help ordinary citizens understand, and react to, the unravelling economic crisis.

 

Preview the Movie at: http://www.capitalismhitsthefan.com/

 

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Culture (and Cultural Studies) After the Crunch: the End of Neoliberalism?

 

 

10.30am-5pm, February 4th, 2009

 

 

At Rich Mix, London

 

 

Organised by the Pavis Centre for Cultural and Social Theory, The Open University & the Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London

 

 

The crisis of financial markets and the cheap-credit economy is interpreted by many as spelling the end of the 30-year neoliberal regime which has had such profound political, social and material consequences for world culture. Are we now witnessing the opening of a new conjuncture? What might be the social and cultural consequences of emergent forms of re-regulated capitalism? Does the Democratic landslide in the U.S. Presidential election presage an upsurge of progressive political activity -from within and outside government – in the Anglo-Saxon world, as did the elections of 1932 and 1964? Or has the cultural impact of neo-liberalism changed forever the meaning of ‘progressive’ cultural and social forces?

 

 

Speakers
Prof. Tony Bennett (Open University)

Prof. John Clarke (Open University)

Prof. Nick Couldry (Goldsmiths College)

Dr. Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London)

Prof. Lawrence Grossberg (University of North Carolina)

Prof. Mica Nava (University of East London)

Dr. Jason Toynbee (Open University)

 

 

Tea, Coffee and Lunch will be provided

For free registration send an email to Fernando D. Rubio: f.d.rubio@open.ac.uk

 

Directions

Rich Mix, London.

35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
London, E1 6LA

Tube:  Liverpool Street

Buses: 388, 8    

 

 

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THE DEEPENING ECONOMIC DISASTER – WEB SITE

See this politically interesting, economically topical and useful web site at: http://nyusociology.org/blogs/radical/2008/12/08/the-deepening-economic-disaster/

 

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Discourse Power Resistance

Conference 2009

 

 

 

6 – 8 April 2009

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Geoffrey Manton Conference Centre

 

 

Zygmunt Bauman

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zygmunt_Bauman

 

 

Cameron McCarthy

http://h07.cgpublisher.com/main_speakers.html

 

 

Munira Mirza

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/feb/02/comment.religion

 

 

 

This conference takes place in a climate of convulsive change. The new political administration in the USA is getting under way, with millions hoping for the first time in decades that world politics will really change. At the same time the global economy is sliding into a major recession with consequences no-one can predict. This is the turbulent context  for a conference on power and the academy.

 

 

As the credit crunch does its pitiless work of sorting out which institutions adapt and which become extinct, conventional universities are vulnerable. This is no bad thing. A generation of frustrated researchers is ready to move on to rediscover the academy as a site of independent intellectual leadership and academics as engaged in making a difference in a changing world.

 

 

Seen this way, the academy is a global intellectual community re-empowered to create a public space for the production of new knowledge, a site for the critical exchange and contestation through which new insights and approaches are advanced. Universities and other educational institutions must find their place in this wider academy, exploiting the limitless resources of the world-wide web and shaking off the cramping image of themselves as the powerless instruments of policies no-one really believes in any more.

 

 

The conference brings together researchers, teachers and learners from within and beyond educational institutions to debate the issues of power and the academy in a changing world and to see what needs doing to make a difference.

 

 

Please submit Abstracts by 16 January 2009 to: dpr@mmu.ac.uk

 

 

Information on the conference is posted on the website at:

http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/dpr Email enquiries to: dpr@mmu.ac.uk

Telephone  +44(0)161 247 2318, +44(0)1752 823091

 

 

Links:

              New DPR journal: Power and Education: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/power/

              Conference venue: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/venues/locations/city_centre/geoffrey_manton.php

              Travel information: http://www.visitmanchester.com/travel.aspx

              Tourist information and accommodation: http://www.visitmanchester.com/

              Map to Geoffrey Manton Centre (All Saints campus): http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/

 

 

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Historical Materialism Conference 2008

 

7 – 9th November, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1

 

Pre-registration details (and you save money if you register online before the conference), see: http://mercury.soas.ac.uk/hm/conference2008.htm

 

The fifth annual Historical Materialism Conference held in conjunction with the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Prize Committee and with Socialist Register will take place between 7 – 9 November, 2008 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

It is organised in association with the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy, the journal Situations and the Journal of Agrarian Change, and with the assistance of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of SOAS.

Ever since its foundation in 1997, Historical Materialism has sought to contribute to the intellectual recomposition of the global Left by serving as an international venue for critical Marxist research. The journal’s initial wager – that Marxism remains a vital, and heterogeneous and many-faceted political and theoretical tradition – has been borne out in a conjuncture where Marxist thinkers have amply demonstrated the critical resources at their disposal (witness recent debates on imperialism and neoliberalism). Within the academy, the facile dismissal of Marxism seems to have run out of steam, and the attitudes of new generations of students and researchers have changed accordingly. Marxist intellectuals are no longer simply forced to survive in hostile conditions or to retreat into isolated academic subcultures, despite an often adverse global political context. In this setting, they face new challenges, which this conference seeks to address.

How can we develop the plurality of Marxist debates, fields and schools without making concessions to eclecticism, narcissism or compartmentalisation? How do we square the concrete multiplicity of Marxisms with the strong commonalities in intellectual vocabularies, theoretical sources and political aims? Hasn’t the question of the diversity of Marxism – of many Marxisms – accompanied the tradition’s entire development, a testament both to its internationalist horizon, and to the inexhaustible potential of its many critical insights and conceptual formulations? What strategies can allow us to confront, and perhaps overcome, some of the disparities or even misunderstandings born of these processes of differentiation?

Having tried to foster a form of critical cosmopolitanism and debate in past conferences, bringing together thinkers working in different fields, and out of different traditions, this year’s Historical Materialism conference wants to emphasise problems and opportunities raised by the existence of ‘Many Marxisms’. To this end, it aims to take stock of recent developments in Marxist thought, surveying the most vibrant recent debates; to confront critical moments in the historical development of Marxism; to identify crucial concepts and areas of research that can cut across any preconceived academic specialisation or geographical isolation of Marxism; to reflect on the ways in which Marxism has and continues to intervene in mainstream intellectual debates; and, finally, to generate a space in which the outlines of the many twenty-first century Marxisms may be delineated.

THE FULL TIMETABLE AND ONLINE REGISTRATION DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON

For more details, please contact: historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk

THEMES COVERED WILL INCLUDE:

APPROACHING PASSIVE REVOLUTIONS * ART AND CAPITALISM * ASPECTS OF IMPERIALISM * BASE AND SUPERSTRUCTURE * BEYOND GLOBAL VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS IN COMMODITY STUDIES * BOLSHEVISM: YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW * CAPITALISM / KNOWLEDGE CAPITALISM * CAPITALISM AND ARCHITECTURE * CLIMATE CHANGE, SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIALISM * CONTEMPORARY RADICAL THOUGHT AND MARXISM: AGAMBEN, HOLLOWAY, ZIZEK * EARLY MODERN CAPITALISM * ECOLOGICAL CRISIS AND MARXIST THEORY * EVERYDAY LIFE * FINANCE AND NEO-LIBERALISM * FINANCIALISATION AND CRISIS * FOOD CRISIS * FROM THE GRUNDRISSE TO CAPITAL * FUTURE OF WORLD CAPITALISM * HISTORICAL MATERIALISM AND LATE DEVELOPMENT * HISTORIOGRAPHY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MARXISM * INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS * IS TODAY’S CAPITALISM ACTUALLY-EXISTING BARBARISM? * LABOUR-PROCESS AND RESISTANCE * LATIN AMERICAN LEFT TODAY * LEARNING FROM ENEMIES AND RIVALS: SCHMITT, STRAUSS, WEBER * LIFE, POLITICS & CAPITALISM * MANY MARXISMS AND INDIA * MANY MARXISMS: KEY FIGURES * MANY MARXISMS: PROBLEMS AND POLEMICS * MARX AND FETISHISM * MARX ON WORLD ECONOMY AND WORLD POLITICS * MARXISM AND CINEMA: FILM NOIR AND NEO-NOIR * MARXISM AND METROPOLITICS * MARXISM AND PHILOSOPHY * MARXISM AND THE SCIENCES * MARXISM OUTSIDE THE WEST * MARXISM, FEMINISM AND WOMEN’S POLITICS * MARXISMS AND LITERATURE * MARXISMS AND RELIGION * MARXISMS AND SOUTHERN AFRICA * MARXISMS AND VIOLENCES: GENDER AND RACE * MARXIST THEORIES OF PRACTICE * MODES OF FOREIGN RELATIONS * MONETARY POLICY AND BANKING UNDER NEOLIBERALISM * MONEY * NEGATIVITY AND REVOLUTION * NORTH EAST ASIAN MARXISMS AND SOCIALISMS * ON THE CONCEPT OF SURPLUS POPULATIONS * PERSPECTIVES FROM ALTHUSSER * PERSPECTIVES FROM MARX’S ‘JEWISH QUESTION’ * PHILOSOPHIES OF REVOLT AND REVOLUTION * PHILOSOPHY IN THE EARLY MARX * POLITICAL CATEGORIES OF MARXISM * POLITICAL ECONOMY AND ECONOMICS TODAY * POLITICS OF THE PROMOTION OF GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS * RACISM, CLASS AND POLITICS * RESTRUCTURING, CAPITAL AND LABOUR * REVOLUTIONARY POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST * SEXUAL LIBERATION: HISTORICAL MATERIALIST APPROACHES * SITUATIONISM AT THE LIMITS: MUST WE BURN DEBORD? * SOCIALISM IN SEARCH OF AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM * STATE IN THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION * THEORIES OF CLASS * THEORIES OF IMPERIALISM * TIME, TEMPORALITY, HISTORY * TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE NEOLIBERAL STATE * UNEVEN AND COMBINED DEVELOPMENT: TOWARDS A MARXIST THEORY OF ‘THE INTERNATIONAL’? * US FINANCIAL POWER IN CRISIS * UTOPIANISM * VALUE: POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS * ‘WESTERN’ MARXISM AND THE ANTI-COLONIAL WORLD/INTELLECTUALS * WINDOWS ON EMPIRE: PERSPECTIVES FROM HISTORY, CULTURE AND POLITICAL ECONOMY * WORKERISM: A GENERATION LATER *

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Gilbert Achcar, Talat Ahmed, Greg Albo, Jamie Allinson, Kevin Anderson, Ricardo Antunes, Giovanni Arrighi, Sam Ashman, Antonio Carmona Báez, Richard Bailey, Metin Bal, Colin Barker, Kate Bayliss, Pınar Bedirhanoğlu, Mike Beggs, Riccardo Bellofiore, Aaron Benanav, Ted Benton, Henry Bernstein, Cyrus Bina, Werner Bonefeld, Mark Bould, Pepijn Brandon, Peter Bratsis, Robert Brenner, Dennis Broe, Dick Bryan, Ergun Bulut, Verity Burgmann, Alex Callinicos, Paul Cammack, Mauro Farnesi Camellone, Al Campbell, Bob Cannon, Gavin Capps, Thomas Carmichael, Emilia Castorina, Maria Elisa Cevasco, Hsiu-Man Chen, Vivek Chibber, Alexander Chryssis, Martin Cobian, Peter Custers, John Darwin, Neil Davidson, Charles Davis, Chuck Davis, Gail Day, Tim Dayton, Roni Demirbag, Radhika Desai, Pat Devine, Paulo dos Santos, Peter Drucker, Jean-Numa Ducange, Gérard Duménil, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Timm Ebner, Bolivar Echeverria, Juliane Edler, Ersin Vedat Elgur, Katsuhiko Endo, Sara R. Farris, Lucy Ferguson, Don Filtzer, Ben Fine, Robert Fine, Bridget Fowler, Carl Freedman, Alan Freeman, Andrea Fumagalli, Cristina Morini, Lindsey German, Melanie Gilligan, Ruth Wilson Gilmour, Saroj Giri, Richard Godden, Maya Gonzalez, Jamie Gough, Peter Gowan, Kevin Gray, Nick Gray, Chris Harman, Barbara Harriss-White, Owen Hatherley, Cristoph Hermann, Andy Higginbottom, Mike Hill, Christian Høgsbjerg, Evren Hosgor, Nik Howard, David Jack, Elinor Jean, Oliver Jelinski, Nicholas Joll, Ismail Karatepe, Ken Kawashima, Paul Kellogg, Geoff Kennedy, Sami Khatib, Aykut Kilic, Donald Kingsbury, Nick Knight, Martijn Konings, Michael Krätke, Rick Kuhn, Ishay Landa, Tim Lang, Spyros Lapatsioras, Paul LeBlanc, Sergio Lessa, Alex Levant, Peter Linebaugh, Alex Loftus, Rob Lucas, Dennis Maeder, Matteo Mandarini, Christian Marazzi, Jonathan Martineau, Paul Mattick, David Mayer, Andrew McGettigan, Philip McMichael, David McNally, James Meadway, John Milios, Owen Miller, Andrew Milner, Dimitris Milonakis, John Molyneux, David Moore, Cristina Morini, Adam Morton, Zwi Negator, Susan Newman, Jörg Nowak, Benjamin Noys, Bertel Nygaard, Bridget O’Laughlin, Keith O’Regan, Sebnem Oguz, Ulrich Oslender, Ceren Özselçuk, Maria Cristina Soares Paniago, Leo Panitch, F. Papadatos, Juan Pablo Painceira Paschoa, Leda Maria Paulani, Simon Pirani, Iain Pirie, Nina Power, Gonzalo Pozo-Martin, Thomas Purcell, Diana Raby, Michael Rafferty, Geert Reuten, Paul Reynolds, Ben Richardson, John Riddell, John Roberts, Bruce Robinson, John Rose, Thomas Sablowski, Spyros Sakellaropoulos, Jorgen Sandemose, Saskia Sassen, Michael Sayeau, Sean Sayers, David Schwartzman, Alan Sears, Lynne Segal, Ben Selwyn, Sanjay Seth, Stuart Shields, Nicola Short, Joe Sim, Rick Simon, Subir Sinha, Panagiotis Sotiris, Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos, Kerstin Stakemeier, Guido Starosta, Marcel Stoetzler, Robert Stolz, Gaspar Miklós Tamás, Bruno Tinel, Peter Thomas, Massimiliano Tomba, Alberto Toscano, Greg Tuck, Mehmet Ufuk Tutan, Kees van der Pijl, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Carlo Vercellone, Danga Vileisis, Sherryl Vint, Satnam Virdee, Andriana Vlachou, Elisa Waeyenberge, Jeffery R. Webber, Dominic Wetzel, Adrian Wilding, Evan Calder Williams, Frieder Otto Wolf, Andrew Wright, Steve Wright, Galip Yalman, Iván Zatz

 

Historical Materialism Annual Conference 2008,
7-9 November

2008 Conference Programme now available!! (pdf format)

 

 

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Radical Perspectives on the Crisis

 

This is a useful site on developments, explanations and discussion on the current capitalist crisis. The site says:

 

“The world is falling apart and we want to know why and what to do about it. Some of us have been studying some of this stuff for a while and others are trying to brush up quick.

On this site we will post all the useful information we can find on understanding and grappling with whatever capitalism will throw at us during this exceptional period, as well as seeking exit strategies in the struggles which develop.”

 

See: http://sites.google.com/site/radicalperspectivesonthecrisis/

 

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Marxism and the Economic Crisis

 

A one-day conference hosted by International Socialism

Saturday 25 October 2008
12 noon – 6pm
UCL, Central London

 

Faced with the unprecedented economic upheavals of recent months, International Socialism has invited some of Britain’s leading Marxist economics to present their views on the crisis.

 

Sessions on:

·         The depth of the crisis

·         Finance and the system

·         Political implications of the crisis

 

Speakers will include:
Peter Gowan, professor of international relations at London Metropolitan University and author of The Global Gamble
Alex Callinicos, chair of European studies at King’s College London, and author of An Anticapitalist Manifesto and Resources of Critique
Robin Blackburn, professor of sociology at Essex University and author of Age Shock: How Finance is Failing us
Chris Harman, editor of International Socialism and author of Explaining the Crisis

 

To book a place, email isj@swp.org.uk or phone 020 7819 1177. Those attending will be asked for a donation (£10/£5) to cover our costs.

 

To download a poster, go to our website: http://www.isj.org.uk

 

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Marx and the Credit Crunch

 

Public Meeting
Tuesday October 21st
7pm Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London


MARX AND THE CREDIT CRUNCH

SPEAKERS:

 

Istvan Mezsaros, author of Beyond Capital
Chris Harman, editor, International Socialism journal
Richard Brenner, author of The Credit Crunch – a Marxist Analysis

A global credit crunch. Banks collapsing. Prices soaring. Recession looming. Conventional economic theory appears to have no coherent explanation. Government stumps up hundreds of billions to rescue the bankers – and demands that working people’s pay be held down and spending cut on public services.

At this meeting, three Marxist writers examine the roots of this great crisis in the nature of capital itself. Tracing the current crisis to its origins, they show how workers can resist paying the price for a crisis they never made, and set out the case for systemic change.

 

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