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Critical Education / Education is Critical

Critical Education / Education is Critical


Discourse, Power and Resistance Conference 2015

DPR15 – Creative spaces for collective voices
Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 15-17 April, 2015

We have for some time been looking into the effects of neoliberalism on culture, identity, and institutions – effects that have included ‘audit culture’ (Marilyn Strathern), self-branding, and the subsuming of any collective ‘voice’ into individualistic ‘consumer power’ (Nick Couldry). At the same time, we have struggled with the fading importance of structural inequalities in the minds of policymakers.

There are developing answers, though, in many theoretical idioms. Stephen Ball has commented that “both structural and poststructural theories and analyses are necessary for ‘bearing witness’ and for an adequate critical understanding of educational realities”. We could add to this that other kinds of practice, developed in fields like art or drama, also contribute to the working out of critique and the embodying of alternatives.

At DPR, these varied perspectives all find a home. Over the years, the conference has asked, how can we develop such creative theoretical approaches? And how would they look in practice? DPR 15 continues this line of work. Beyond critique, it asks how we can resist, subvert, and create spaces for multiple and collective voices, for change, and for social justice.

The conference brings together a range of practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, learners and teachers, who are actively engaged in these kinds of challenge. Presentations at the conference will take the form of papers, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and posters. We hope that presenters will come with ideas to share about research and practice, through single or joint presentations or as a contribution to any of the symposia that will be taking shape.

The DPR website is here.

If you have suggestions, or ideas for a contribution you would like to discuss, please contact the conference organizer,
Anna Carlile
Call for Papers

We encourage proposals for presentations of papers (single or joint author), symposia, workshops, posters, exhibition work and performances. Please use the following format for your proposal:
·         Name(s) of presenter(s)
·         Institution(s), with country
·         Title of abstract
·         Format (paper, symposium presentation, workshop, poster, exhibition work, performance.)
·         Brief description (150-250 words)
Abstracts can be submitted here  or as Word attachments via email to Abstracts are available to be viewed at

Deadline: January 30 2015

Presentations are allocated 35 minutes; presenters are encouraged to leave generous time (10 minutes or more) for discussion. Please let us know if you would like a double session (particularly if your proposal is for a workshop).

If you would like to discuss a presentation please contact Anna Carlile either by email
( or on +44 (0)20 7717 2206.



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