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JOURNAL FOR CRITICAL EDUCATION POLICY STUDIES – VOLUME 11 NUMBER 4 (2013)

JCEPS: http://www.jceps.com

The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS) is a peer-reviewed international scholarly journal published by The Institute for Education Policy Studies (IEPS). The free, online version is published in association with the University of Athens (Greece). The print version (available on subscription or purchase – click on the Subscriptions and Purchasing link is published by IEPS). JCEPS will have three issues per annum, as from 2013. The journal website is www.jceps.com Enquiries should be addressed to dave.hill@ieps.org.uk or naomi.hill@ieps.org.uk

The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS) seeks to develop Marxist and other Left analysis of education. JCEPS seeks and publishes articles that critique global, national, neo-liberal, neo-conservative, New Labour, Third Way, postmodernist and other analyses of policy developments, as well as those that attempt to report on, analyse and develop Socialist/ Marxist transformative policy for schooling and education from a number of Radical Left perspectives. JCEPS also addresses issues of social class, ‘race’, gender, sexual orientation, disability and capital/ism; critical pedagogies, new public managerialism and academic / non-academic labour, and empowerment/ disempowerment.

 

CONTENTS

Volume 11, Number 4:
November 2013

Curry Malott, Dave Hill, Grant Banfield: Neoliberalism, Immiseration Capitalism and the Historical Urgency of a Socialist Education

Mark Cresswell, Zulfia Karimova, Tom Brock: Pedagogy of the Privileged: Elite Universities and Dialectical Contradictions in the UK

José García, Noah De Lissovoy: Doing School Time: The Hidden Curriculum Goes to Prison

Roberto Ribeiro Baldino, Tânia Cristina Baptista Cabral: The productivity of students’ schoolwork: an exercise in Marxist rigour

Brad J. Porfilio, Debangshu Roychoudhury, Lauren Gardner: Ending the ‘War Against Youth:’ Social Media and Hip-Hop Culture as Sites of Resistance, Transformation and (Re) Conceptualization

Nisha Thapliyal: Reframing the public in public education: The Landless Workers Movement (MST) and adult education in Brazil

Dimitris Tsoubaris, Aleksandros Georgopoulos: Gauging the Potential of Socially Critical Environmental Education (EE): Examining Local Environmental problems through children’s perspective

Selda Polat: Neo-liberal education policies in Turkey and transformation in education

Dereje Tadesse Birbirso: Technology for Empowering or Subjugating Teachers: Analysis of Ethiopia’s Education Reform Discourse Practice

Sara Zamir, Tamar Horowitz: The manifestation of the value of patriotism among Israeli trainee teachers – natives and immigrants: how will they educate their pupils in the light of this value?

Ulas Ozer: The Song of the Other/ Public Space as a Learning Environment and Gypsy Musicians in Turkey

Alan Hodkinson: Inclusion ‘All present and correct?’ A critical analysis of New Labour’s inclusive education policy in England

 

Capitalist Nightmare

Capitalist Nightmare

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Education and Economy

Education and Economy

Professor Dave Hill

Professor Dave Hill

MARXIST ESSAYS ON NEOLIBERALISM, CLASS, ‘RACE’, CAPITALISM AND EDUCATION – A new book by DAVE HILL

Foreword by Peter McLaren

Published by the Institute for Education Policy Studies at http://www.ieps.org.uk

 

Marxist Essays on Neoliberalism, Class, ‘Race’, Capitalism and Education

Published September 2013

With the onset of Austerity Capitalism and Immiseration Capitalism, and with the increasing commodification, marketisation and privatisation of society and of education, Marxist theory and Marxist Education Theory have taken on a new urgency. This is particularly so in the face of the `class war from above’ , in which bankers and the capitalist class gets ever richer, while the living standards, public and formerly public institutions and the material conditions of life are diminished and degraded.  

In this collection of essays, written from a classic Marxist perspective, and fired with a cold anger and incisive analysis, Dave Hill lays bare how the capitalist class and their often unwitting helpers in the knowledge industry/ academia, use ideological (and repressive) state apparatuses, such as education,  to divide, disarm and demoralise critical, Marxist analysis and activism.

In this powerful collection, Dave Hill, a Marxist academic, activist in academia and on the streets in different countries,  catalogues and castigates Capitalist / pro-capitalist depredation both within the academy, within classrooms and within society. But in this volume, there is more than critique- there is a call to action, a call for anger and analysis, a demand for theoretically informed practice in the different arenas of Resistance.

  

CONTENTS:

Foreword: Peter McLaren

Introduction: Dave Hill

 

PART 1: Class and “Race”

1. Social Class and Education

2. The Culturalization of Class and the Occluding of Class Consciousness: The Knowledge Industry in/of Education.

3. Culturalist and Materialist Explanations of Class and ‘Race’: Critical Race Theory, Equivalence / Parallelist Theory and Marxist Theory

 

PART 2: Neoliberalism, Immiseration and Workers’ Rights

4. Books, Banks and Bullets: Controlling our minds – the global project of imperialistic and militaristic

neo-liberalism and its effect on education policy

5. Globalisation and its educational discontents: Neoliberalisation and its impacts on education

workers’ rights, pay, and conditions.

6. Embourgeoisment, Immiseration, Commodification – Marxism Revisited: a Critique of Education in Capitalist Systems

7. Immiseration Capitalism, Activism and Education: Resistance, Revolt and Revenge.

 

Price £22 inc post and packaging

Available from: http://www.ieps.org.uk/subscriptionsandpurchasing

ISBN 978-0-9522042

 

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Spyros Themelis

Spyros Themelis

RESEARCH SEMINAR & DOCTORAL SEMINAR ON EDUCATION, SOCIAL CLASS AND TEACHERS’ LABOUR IN NEOLIBERAL TIMES

A Research Seminar / Doctoral Seminar

Organised by Professor Dave Hill

Wednesday 19th June

5.30 – 7.30

Anglia Ruskin University

Chelmsford Campus

Room: Sawyers Building – Saw 210

Travelling to the ARU Chelmsford Campus: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/your_university/anglia_ruskin_campuses/chelmsford/find_chelm.html

Chelmsford Campus Map: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/your_university/anglia_ruskin_campuses/chelmsford/find_chelm.Maincontent.0017.file.tmp/chelmsford-campus-map.pdf

All staff and research students, and undergraduate students, administrative staff and other education workers are welcome.

There will be four presentations of 30 minutes each, followed by a discussion and social gathering

Chair: Dave Hill

1 Alpesh Maisuria (Anglia Ruskin University) on his doctoral studies: A Critical Case Study Exploring Consciousness of Social Class in the Experiences of Immigrant Students in the Swedish Higher Education System

2. Spyros Themelis (Middlesex University) on Social Class and Education and his latest book: Social Change and Education in Greece

3. Sean Vertigan (Inner London Sixth Form College Teacher) on Neoliberalism and Teachers’ Pay, Conditions and the Material Conditions of Teachers’ Labour

4. Julia Carr (Summer Scholarship Student, Anglia Ruskin University) – will talk about her scholarship work and her Education Studies Major Project.

Professor Dave Hill

Professor Dave Hill

 

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THE ROUGE FORUM – DISPATCH & CONFERENCE 2013

Dear Friends,

The Rouge Forum Dispatch is updated here http://www.richgibson.com/blog/

Please remember:
Rouge Forum 2013 Conference
Winning the Class Struggle Against Corporate Education Reform

Call for Proposals
http://rougeforumconference.wordpress.com/rouge-forum-2013/call-for-proposals-rf-2013/

May 16-19, 2012
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

Good luck to our side

RICH GIBSON

 

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‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Teaching Marx

TEACHING MARX: THE SOCIALIST CHALLENGE

Announcing a forthcoming book: Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge

Edited by Curry Stephenson Malott, Mike Cole and John Elmore

To be published by Information Age Publishing

Critical Construction: Studies in Education and Society, see: http://www.infoagepub.com/series/critical-constructions

Series Editor: Curry Stephenson Malott, West Chester University

“There is growing disillusionment with a social system where increasing productivity leads only to increased gaps between rich and poor, where reductions in social programs (retirement, health care, education) are the chief response an uninspired political sector can muster, and where non-sustainable exploitation of the Earth continues undiminished — in short, as the looming, world-wide economic crisis draws nearer, the essays in Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challengeare critical reading. It is time for our teachers to prepare students not to take their place in an increasingly corrupt economy, but to bring about the fundamental changes we need to build an equitable, prosperous, sustainable future” — Dr. Dennis Vickers, Humanities Department, College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, Wisconsin.

Curry Malott

Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge is an extraordinarily important text at this juncture of world history. Functioning as more than just another pedagogical weapon to be used against the ideological structures of death and social hallucinogenics manufactured by the transnational capitalist class, it is a book that can provide fecund opportunities for teachers to re-learn how to put social and economic justice front and center in the agenda for educational reform by putting Marx front and center, where he belongs” — Peter McLaren, Professor, UCLA and author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire and the Pedagogy of Revolution

Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge provides a useful starting point for understanding the origins of today’s global crisis of capitalism. Our work in public schools to encourage respectful dialogues between Indian and non-Indian students about local conflicts over land ownership, through the TERRA Institute, should encourage cooperative action to find common interests. This book reminds us to move those specific discussions to explorations of the causes of conflicts over land, including the imperatives of global capitalism” — David Stanfield, TERRA Institute, www.terrainstitute.org

“As this book so clearly and illustratively points out, the work of Marx has always served as a critical tool for identifying and scraping away the residue of commodity relations as a means to an end of revolutionary purpose, and teaching Marx is therefore keynote to education becoming able to serve as a tool of liberation and revolution. The reasons for why this is so are very clear in the book. As its authors successively and in detail clearly point out, we are ‘educated’ to believe that we live in a meritocracy where god-given abilities and hard work afford position and reward, and the work of social institutions like the school play a key part in this. These institutions, as ideological apparatuses of the State, barrage us with propaganda and bombard us with ideas inside practices that are designed to convince us all that at the head of the equation of the constitution of the social and economic order is the work, skills, ideas, knowledge and commitment of individual people themselves and that the effort and competences of these individuals determine social position and the possibilities for economic reward and even social justice for all.

Mike Cole

Put directly and simply, the book shows us how the public has been hoodwinked by the school and other social institutions to believe in the ethics of capitalism and its central ideological tenet that the present social order is natural and in the end inevitable and beneficial for us all. However, as well as critiquing the work of the school as an instrument of reproduction, the book also shows how and why the education system could and should challenge the anti-democratic perspectives that disguise and defend the current social relations of production and the ideological and material needs of the capitalist class. It offers that is an educational challenge to the inevitability and “correctness” of capitalism by showing how its laws can be made visible to ordinary people so the oppressive power of the capitalist class can be more correctly identified, challenged and defeated.  In this way the book both poses the question and provides answers concerning what role education can play in a possible future revolutionary moment: both as a “true” education as an act of liberation and as a dialectic lens for critiquing the world in which we live. Used appropriately the book can become a clear and fundamental ingredient for helping to create the possibilities for a more egalitarian and socially just world” — Dennis Beach, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

“This collection by Malott, Cole and Elmore’s is a very timely contribution to the current revival of Marxism in education. The authors engage seriously with the ideas of Marx – from his theory of capitalist crises to the increasing impoverishment of the working class – and debunk many of the commonly held myths about Marxism. The compilation of writings provide a devastating rejoinder to those who believe that we can only make changes within the present system and show how this crisis has made discussion of socialist alternatives, in education and society, an urgent necessity. They argue that, in Marx’s words, the educators need to get educated and find ways – through their students, through what they teach, and through their political activism – to feed into wider movements of social change” — Marnie Holborow, author on Marxism and Language, Dublin City University, Ireland.

John Elmore

 

UPDATE 2nd MARCH 2013

Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge – is now out!

At Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Marx-Curry-Stephenson-Malott/dp/1623961203/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362256280&sr=1-1

At Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Teaching-Marx-Curry-Stephenson-Malott/dp/1623961203/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362256511&sr=1-7

At the Publishers (Information Age Publishing): http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Teaching-Marx

 

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Marxism and Education

MARXIAN ANALYSIS OF SOCIETY, SCHOOL AND EDUCATION SIG #157(MASSES) – AERA 2013 

American Educational Research Association

Annual Meeting

San Francisco, California

April 27 – May 1, 2013

 

Marxian Analysis of Society, School and Education SIG #157

CALL FOR PAPERS

AERA 2013

The global financial crisis detonated in the West in 2007 has highlighted long-standing structural faults within capitalism, especially in its financialization of the economy – something that Marx and his predecessors already predicted. The current economic genocidal policies in nations such as Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Cyprus, along with the bailouts to specific US corporations, and the slow down of China’s ‘new economy’, present a credibility check in the recognition of the predatory policies and practices of capitalism’s third hegemonic momentum. In fact such financialization of the economy, with its the recurrent and increasingly devastating financial debacles assailing the world’s capitalist economies, has been incapable of producing sustainable growth in any sector while creating economic genocide, and has resulted in driving societies towards social foreclosures strong-armed through painful strangulation of austerity policies that are asphyxiating public institutions and transforming the very notion of public good and democracy itself!

The 2013 Marxian Analysis of Society, School and Education SIG program asks scholars, educators and graduate students around the globe who are profoundly committed to the struggle for social and cognitive justice to help us examine the transformative role of education and schools in addressing the contemporary crises, as well as, addressing the role of educators in helping to resolve the contradictions of the present and to contribute to a better future for schools, education and society.

Therefore, we ask scholars, educators and graduate students to contribute papers, posters or symposium that utilize a Marxist/Class analysis that will critically address the impact of the late capitalism’s financialization of the economy on questions of schools, education and society and how to move from pre-history to history proper to create a more and just democratic society and education.

Note: All submissions will be reviewed without author identification.

Please submit them without author names on the abstracts or summaries.

Proposals that bear the names of the authors and/or participants will not be considered for review and, consequently, will not be considered for the SIG #157 program for the 2013 AERA Annual Meeting.

Thank You, Dr. Sheila Macrine, 2013 Program Chair

Sheila L. Macrine Ph.D, is Chair of the Teaching & Learning Department University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 285 Old Westport Road North Dartmouth, MA 02747 – Phone: 508-999-8262, Fax: 508-910-6916, Email: nmacrine@aol.com

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Education Crisis

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION – VOLUME 10 NUMBER 2 (2012)

Now available at:
http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/10/issue10_2.asp

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION
Volume 10 Number 2 2012  ISSN 1478-2103

SPECIAL ISSUE
Neoliberal Globalisation and Educational Policy
Editor: MICHAEL A. PETERS

Michael A. Peters. Introduction. Neoliberalism, Education and the Crisis of Western Capitalism

Laura Elizabeth Pinto. Democratic Shortfalls in Privatized Curriculum Policy Production: silencing the ‘potted plants’ and politicizing ‘quick fixes’

Nick Zepke. What of the Future for Academic Freedom in Higher Education in Aotearoa NewZealand?

Marcia McKenzie. Education for Y’all: global neoliberalism and the case for a politics of scale in sustainability education policy

Stephen Clough & Carl A. Bagley. UK Higher Education Institutions and the Third Stream Agenda

Rino Wiseman Adhikary. The World Bank’s Shift away from Neoliberal Ideology: real or rhetoric?

Rodrigo G. Britez. Traveling Policies: mobility, transformation and continuities in higher education public policy

Cristian Cabalin. Neoliberal Education and Student Movements in Chile: inequalities and malaise

CONVERSATION
David Wilson, Bill Cope & Michael A. Peters. The Parable of the Physicist and the Postmodernists

SCIENCE AND SOCIETY IN BRIEF
Alan Cottey. Logarithmic Time: its role in current culture and education

GENERAL ARTICLE
Andy Valeri. WikiLeaks and the Authority of Knowledge

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PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION (single user access) Subscription to the January-December 2012 issues (including full access to ALL back numbers), is available to individuals at a cost of US$54.00. If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribePFIE.asp

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

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

Glenn Rikowski and Ruth Rikowski have a number of articles in Policy Futures in Education. These include:

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

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

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

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

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TRADE UNIONS, FREE TRADE AND THE PROBLEM OF TRANSNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

Workshop at Nottingham 2/3 December 2011 – Papers now Available!

Resistance against free trade agreements has increased since the demonstrations at the WTO ministerial conference inSeattlein 1999. Positions by trade unions on free trade agreements are, however, ambiguous. While trade unions in the North especially in manufacturing have supported free trade agreements to secure export markets for ‘their’ companies, trade unions in the Global South oppose these agreements, since they often imply deindustrialisation.

Academics, trade union researchers and social movement activists met in a two-day workshop, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at the School of Politics and International Relations/University of Nottingham, on 2 and 3 December 2011 to discuss these issues in detail. The purpose of the workshop was to understand better the dynamics underlying free trade as well as explore possibilities for transnational solidarity between labour movements in the North and South. The papers of the workshop can be downloaded below:

Panel 1 – Conceptual and methodological considerations
Panel 2 – Free trade and particular sectors
Panel 3 – European trade unions and free trade
Panel 4 – Free trade negotiations
Panel 5 – Free trade and the Global South
Panel 6 – Resistance to free trade agreements and the quest for alternatives

Original source: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/now-available-contributions-from-decembers-trade-unions-free-trade-and-the-problem-of-transnational-solidarity-workshop-at-nottingham

The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for Education, by Glenn Rikowski (London, Tufnell Press, 2001)

From the publishers: http://www.tpress.free-online.co.uk/seattle.html

“It’s a wonderful outline of the new anti-capitalist activity It pulls together all aspects of changes to all levels of education, as it is drawn into the profit business ­ and ever further away from wider concepts of education.” — Caroline Benn, Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators, and President of the Socialist Education Association

“This is essential reading for all those the world over who have been driven to the margins of existence by forces of the current phase of capitalism – globalisation. It helps to understand the forces hiding behind bodies such as the World Trade Organisation that drive us relentlessly towards giving up control over our minds and bodies. This booklet looks particularly at the dangers facing education systems from the global search for mega profits. It also shows that people’s resistance can make a difference in snatching control over their lives.” — Shiraz Durrani, Information for Social Change

“Glenn Rikowski vividly demonstrates the centrality of education in capitalist globalisation. With precision and utmost clarity, he also details the historical background to ‘The Battle in Seattle’ as well as the other mass demonstrations against global capitalism and its agents of destruction. Rikowski’s seminal text is destined to become essential reading for critical/radical educators and political activists, but it should be read by everyone who is concerned with, and about, the future of education indeed, the future of humanity.” — Paula Allman, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Nottingham, and author of Critical Education Against Global Capital: Karl Marx and Revolutionary Critical Education

“Glenn Rikowski has produced a brilliant and I believe historical landmark in Left education.” — Peter McLaren, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution

“I felt compelled to grab the red flag and take to the streets as I worked through Glenn Rikowski’s well documented exposé of what the World Trade Organisation is up to and its plans for education. But Glenn’s analysis is much more than a clarion call. It anchor’s that call in solid theory and critique so that my immediate response can now be matched by informed and focused action. An activist’s true handbook.” — Helen Raduntz, University of South Australia

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Battle-Seattle-Significance-Education/dp/1872767370/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333617350&sr=1-3

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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

Athens - The Academy

SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRITICAL EDUCATION

 The Department of Education, University of Athens, Greece is hosting the

2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRITICAL EDUCATION
10-14 July 2012, Athens, Greece

Organized by the journals:
JOURNAL OF CRITICAL EDUCATION POLICY STUDIES (UK)
CULTURAL LOGIC (USA/CANADA)
KRITIKI (GREECE)
RADICAL NOTES (INDIA)

ICCE Conference Website: http://icce-2012.weebly.com/index.html

Some of last year’s papers (from the 2011 conference) will go into a special edition of JCEPS, the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, coming out in around April 2012. In addition, all the papers that were presented at the 2011 conference and were submitted in written form will be published as conference proceedings in the next couple of months.

The website is in process of improvement, e.g. regarding methods of payment. Also the final keynote speakers are not yet confirmed. We are asking Dennis Beach, me (Dave Hill), Marnie Holborow, and Alex Callinicos, as well as leading Greek Marxists/ critical educators.

So, hope to see you at this conference inAthens in July! Last year’s was great – politically, intellectually, and socially!

Professor Dave Hill

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE (subject to confirmation)

Kostas Skordoulis (University of Athens, Greece)

Dave Hill (Universities of Middlesex, United Kingdom; Limerick, Ireland; Athens, Greece)

Peter McLaren (University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Grant Banfield (University of South Australia, Australia)
 
Dennis Beach (University of Göteburg, Sweden)
 
Ramin Farahmandpur (Portland State University, Oregon, USA)
 
Marnie Holborrow (University College Dublin, Ireland)
 
Alpesh Maisuria (Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom)
 
Sharzad Mojab (University of Toronto, Canada)

Ravi Kumar (South Asian University, New Delhi, India)
 
Deborah Kelsh (College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, USA)
 
Curry Malott (West Chester University, Pennsylvania, USA)
 
Gregory Martin (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
 
Micheal O’Flynn (University of Limerick, Ireland)
 
Perikles Pavlidis  (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
 
Brad Porfilio (Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, USA)
 
Martin Power (University of Limerick, Ireland)
 
Helena Sheehan (University College Dublin, Ireland)
 
Juha Suoranta (University of Tampere, Finland)
 
Spyros Themelis (Middlesex University, United Kingdom)
 
Salim Vally  (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

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

 

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Paula Allman

SYMPOSIUM ON THE WORK OF PAULA ALLMAN

Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues XVI

A Day Seminar, 10.30 – 4.30

Saturday February 4th, 2012

University of London, Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way, London WC1

The Drama Studio

 

SPEAKERS:

Sara Carpenter (University of Toronto)

Helen Colley (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Margaret Ledwith (University of Cumbria)

Peter Mayo (University of Malta)

Michael Neary (University of Lincoln)

Glenn Rikowski (University of Northampton)

 

This is an open seminar and tickets are free.

To reserve a place email: amaisuria@ioe.ac.uk    

Convenors: Tony Green, Alpesh Maisuria & Glenn Rikowski

 

Times Higher Education (Obituary): Paula Allman (1944-2011) – http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=418263&c=2   

 

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Our Universities

THE UNIVERSITY IS OURS!

Edufactory

The University is Ours!

Friday, December 2, 2011  

A Conference on Struggles Within and Beyond the Neoliberal University
April 27-29, 2012
Toronto, Ontario

The university belongs to us, those who teach, learn, research, council, clean, and create community. Together we can and do make the university work.

But today this university is in crisis. The neoliberal restructuring of post-secondary education seeks to further embed market logic and corporate-style management into the academy, killing consultation, autonomy and collective decision-making. The salaries of university presidents and the ranks of administrators swell, but the people the university is supposed to serve — students — are offered assembly-line education as class sizes grow, faculty is over-worked, and teaching positions become increasingly precarious. International students and scholars seeking post-secondary or graduate education are treated as cash cows rather than as people who might contribute to both research and society. Debt-burdened students are seen as captive markets by administrators, while faculty is encouraged to leverage public funds for private research on behalf of corporate sponsors.

The attack on what remains of public education has been total. Over the last year we have witnessed the closure of humanities programmes, further tuition hikes, the replacement of financial support with loans, union lockouts, and the accelerated development of private, for-profit universities. Yet at the same time we have seen growing waves of struggle against these incursions, as students, staff and faculty in Europe, Latin America, and across the Middle East organize, occupy and resist the transformation.

Our struggles are not limited to the university, but are a part the widespread resistance against the neoliberal market logic subsuming all sectors of our society. The university is a key battleground in this struggle, and a point of conjuncture for the various labour, economic and social justice struggles that face all of us – workers and students alike. Crucially, these struggles occur on stolen indigenous lands and manifest through colonialism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ablism and other forms of oppression that hurt and divide us and that shape what sorts of knowledge are considered valuable.

We cannot cede the ideal of the university as a site for struggle and debate. We cannot permit the dissolution of proliferating research, ideas and innovations free from the demands and control of the market. We cannot watch as universities are degraded into a mere site for corporate or state-sponsored research and marketing. The time to mobilize is now!

This conference will connect and chart the varied struggles against neoliberal restructuring of the university inNorth Americaand beyond. We envision a series of debriefings on experiences of resistance, the creation of a cartography of local and global struggles, and a strategizing session for students, teachers, workers and activists. We aim to develop a North American network of struggles.

We encourage presentations that raise questions and generate dialogue among the rest of the participants. Ideally, submissions will indicate the specific outcomes they hope will emerge from the discussion. We encourage participation from those with first-hand experience of these crises, and those engaged in the fight for free and public post-secondary education, especially student groups and trade unions.

For a better future for all – join us!

POSSIBLE THEMES:

ü        Mapping the terrain of campus struggle inCanadaandNorth America

ü        Connecting with and learning from global struggles

ü        Waged and unwaged labour in the university

ü        Abolition of student debt

ü        The university and the occupy movement

ü        The cultural politics of the neoliberal university

ü        The death of the humanities

ü        Militarization of the university

ü        Intersections of university struggles other fights against oppression

ü        Environmental justice

ü        Beyond public education

ü        Radical pedagogy

ü        Academic freedom

ü        The politics of research funding

ü        The economics of the neoliberal university

ü        University and student governance

ü        The undergraduate experience of neoliberalism

ü        Alternative/free/autonomous universities

ü        Organizing the education factory

ü        The suppression of on-campus dissent and organization

Please email submissions to universityisours@gmail.com by January 16th.

Also,if you would like to attend the conference, please RSVP to the same address so organizers can plan for numbers.

This conference is organized by the Edu-factory Collective in collaboration with theUniversityofToronto General Assembly.

Edufactory: http://www.edu-factory.org/wp/

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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Education and Capitalism

CRITICAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION – CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS
Please circulate within your networks

CRITICAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION
An international peer-reviewed journal
3 issues per annum
ISSN 1750-8487 (print)   1750-8495 (online)
Published by Routledge

Critical Studies in Education is one of the few international journals solely devoted to a critical sociology of education. Two questions frame the journal’s critical approach to research: (1) whose interests are served by current social arrangements in education and, (2) from the standpoint of the least advantaged, what can be done about inequitable arrangements? Informed by this approach, articles published in the journal draw on post-structural, feminist, postcolonial and other critical orientations to critique education systems and to identify alternatives for education policy, practice and research.

The journal welcomes submissions of the highest quality and importance, which make original theoretical and/or empirical contributions, and are aimed at moving the field forward. Submissions may be focused on education policy and/or practice (including pedagogy) across formal education contexts (e.g. schooling, vocational and further education, higher education) as well as informal settings (e.g. television, communities, the internet). Submissions typically focus on power relations associated with gender, class (/poverty), ethnicity and the reproduction of disadvantage.

CALL FOR PAPERS
While submissions that meet this general brief are most welcome, we are also seeking papers in line with the following theme:

CRITICAL VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION
Increasingly, education is being reduced to what can be measured, often in quantitative terms that do not adequately capture all there is to education and which are then used to compare students, institutions and nations. At the same time, we live in a world that is becoming increasingly complex where these accounting systems do not seem adequate. In this context, how can we create spaces for different imaginations for education? How can we create opportunities for education to be different?

Articles addressing the following topics are especially welcome:
•       How can education researchers contribute to what counts as evidence in contexts of policy and practice?
•       What kind of education research do we need to respond to the pressing issues of our times, such as climate change, terror and financial crises?

Manuscripts can be submitted to Critical Studies in Education online by visiting http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rcse

For more information and a sample copy of the journal, please visit our website at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcse20/current

Sincerely
Professor Trevor Gale | Editor in Chief
Critical Studies in Education Editorial Office

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