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Capitalist Crises

Capitalist Crises


Cambridge Sociology Conference

September 26-27, 2014

Crisis and Social Change: Towards Alternative Horizons
Call for Papers: Deadline Monday July 21st.
Organized by the Department of Sociology, Cambridge University
Venue: Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Sciences, Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RQ

This conference moves beyond crisis as a category of diagnosis and critique to explore alternative horizons, raising fundamental questions about the nature and extent of ruptures and continuity in the contemporary social world.

Among the multiple horizons in view, we are motivated by the generational need to draw upon the legacies of critique, while shifting toward the production of alternative futures.

From diagnosis to treatment. From deconstruction to reconstruction. From negation to vision. From crisis to progress. Such is the responsibility of our Age, from which positive social change might rise.

We welcome contributions from researchers, activists, artists, and professionals from across the world on the following topics, though this list is by no means exhaustive, and we are keen to receive contributions on other topics aligned with the conference theme:


We have also introduced a soapbox session within the Conference programme and encourage speakers to participate. For the natural orators out there, the soapbox session provides you with the opportunity to stand up for 2 minutes and air your fiery, risky, extravagant and controversial views on the following question: WHAT IS RADICALISM?

The conference is organized by PhD students from the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. To give attendees time to explore the city’s history and socialise, the conference will be held over two days.

We are pleased to announce our three distinguished keynote speakers
– Professor Greg Philo (School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow),
– Professor Emeritus Goran Therborn (Faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge)
– Professor Ted Benton (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Essex)

The conference will also host two plenary panels on the following themes:

Plenary panel 1: The Great Recession and Varieties of Social and Political Responses

Chair: Professor Andrew Gamble
Dr. Rowan Williams (tbc)(Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge), Professor Larry King (Dept. of Sociology, Cambridge), Professor John Kelly (Dept. of Management, Birkbeck), and Dr. Jeff Miley (Dept. of Sociology, Cambridge)

Plenary panel 2: Mobilisation, Social Change and Revolution
Chair: Barrister Dexter Dias QC
Professor P.G Klandermans (Dept. of Applied Psychology, University of Amsterdam), Emeritus Reader in Sociology Dr. David Lane (Dept. of Sociology, Cambridge), Professor Jane Wills (Dept. of Geography, Queen Mary University of London) and Dr. Manali Desai (Dept. of Sociology, Cambridge)

Paper presentation: abstract (300 word max.) and biography (100 word max.)
Poster presentation: abstract (300 word max.) and biography (100 word max.)
Soap box presentation: abstract (100 word max.) and biography (100 word max.)

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Monday, July 21st 2014. There is no
registration fee.
All abstracts must be submitted by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first):
Successful applicants will be informed by July 31st, 2014.
The selected applicants are expected to submit an outline of their presentation (or the power
point slides) by September 1st, 2014

Awards will be given for Best Paper, Best Poster and Best Soap Box Presentations at the end of the Conference in recognition of originality and excellence. The Organising Committee also plans to publish selected papers of the highest quality in a special issue of a UK journal or as an edited volume.

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Marx and Education - Jean Anyon


The Education Review is an open access journal that has published reviews of books in education continuously since 1998.

Education Review has just published the following essay review:

McGrew, Ken. (2011 May 2) To Bravely Speak: An Essay Review of Jean Anyon’s “Marx and Education.” Vol.14 No.5 (May 2, 2011).

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Direct link to Ken McGrew’s review: 

Ken McGrew is the author of Education’s Prisoner’s: Schooling and Political Economy, and the Prison Industrial Complex (2008). His primary research interests are in social justice, critical theory, philosophical pragmatism, educational philosophy, sociology of education, social inequality, social psychology, political socialization, and critical legal studies.

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School Privatisation


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Volume 53 Number 1  2011     ISSN 0963-8253




Michael Fielding. Editorial. A Comprehensive Curriculum: reaffirmation and renewal

Clyde Chitty. A Massive Power Grab from Local Communities: the real significance of the 2010 White Paper and the 2011 Education Bill

John Elliott. The Seesaw Curriculum: it’s time that curriculum policy matured

Tony Booth. Curricula for the Common School: what shall we tell our children?

Mike Davies. Curriculum Lost: a festival of errors

Michael Armstrong. Introductory remarks to Robin Alexander’s Brian Simon Memorial Lecture

Robin Alexander. Legacies, Policies and Prospects: one year on from the Cambridge Primary Review OPEN [FREE] ACCESS

Gareth Pimley. Curriculum Autonomy through Curriculum Expertise

Michael Armstrong. Time and Narrative at Eight Years Old: an essay in interpretation

John Morgan. What is Radical in School Geography Today?

Alasdair Smith. Big Society? Better History? Or Same Old Nonsense? Drawing the Battle Lines for the Future of School History

Anne Watson. Mathematics and Comprehensive Ideals

Richard Pring. Can Education Compensate for Society?

Bernard Barker. Can Schools Change Society?

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Disguised as maximum fun’

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Sara Motta

Mike Cole


A two day workshop organised in collaboration between:

MERD (Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues)
CSSGJ (Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, University of Nottingham)
CESJ (Centre for Education for Social Justice, Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln)

To be held at the
University of Nottingham
1st – 2nd July 2011

The role of education is increasingly important in the construction of new forms of anti-capitalist politics in Latin America. This is evidenced by the centrality of popular education and other forms of struggle influenced by radical education philosophy and pedagogy, and by social movements in their construction of new forms of participatory politics and mass intellectuality. It is also evidenced in the creation of formal and informal educational programmes, practices and projects that develop varieties of critical pedagogy and popular education with both organised and non-organised marginalised and excluded communities.

Particularly, noticeable in this regard is the centrality of education in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the move towards 21st Century socialism. At the heart of the politicisation of education are the questions of whose knowledge counts in the process of social transformation and political change and if the ways in which such transformative knowledge is created impact upon the struggle to develop worlds beyond capitalism in the 21st century.

This workshop invites papers which develop theoretically grounded empirical analysis about the politicisation of education in the continent.

Key questions to be addressed are:

How is education politicised in contemporary anti-capitalist struggles?

How has neoliberalism closed down as well as opened up terrains of educational struggle?

What differences are there between the role of education in 20th century socialism and 21st century socialism?

How does Marxism shape such practices of radical pedagogy and how do such practices transform Marxism?

How does the focus on popular education in new forms of popular politics influence and reflect the type of politics developed?

What is the role of autonomous education in social movements in the construction of anti-capitalism?

What is the relationship between formal ‘progressive’ educational programmes and the politics of knowledge and education in informal community/social movement settings?

What can we (outside of the region) learn from Chavez’s concept of Venezuela as a ‘giant school’ and other radical pedagogies and educational practices in Latin America?

What is the role of popular educators within formal schooling in these processes?

Selected papers will be published in an edited collection with Palgrave Macmillan in their Marxism and Education Series.

Contact Sara Motta at and Mike Cole at  if you are interested in helping organise the workshop or would like any further information.

Please submit your paper proposal by March 1st 2011

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Every Child Scatters


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Hyun-jun Joo, Beom-ho Oh & Chung-il Yun. An Analysis of the Relationship Between the Quantity and Quality of Education: focusing on Korea and OECD countries

Ariful Haq Kabir. Neoliberal Policy in the Higher Education Sector in Bangladesh: autonomy of public universities and the role of the state

Zane Ma Rhea. Transmorphosis: negotiating discontinuities in academic work

Paul Miller & Gertrude Shotte. Franchising Education: challenges and opportunities for coping with the economic recession and the provision of higher education in the United Kingdom

Doug Morris. Present Nightmares and Realizable Futures

Matteo Pasquinelli. The Ideology of Free Culture and the Grammar of Sabotage

Helena Pedersen. Education Policymaking for Social Change: a post-humanist intervention

Gabriela Walker. Building ‘Special Capital’ for Entrepreneurial Development: special populations as human capital in the context of global development


Henry A. Giroux. In Defense of Public School Teachers in a Time of Crisis

Henry A. Giroux. Rethinking Education as the Practice of Freedom: Paulo Freire and the promise of critical pedagogy


Why Foucault? New Directions in Educational Research (Michael A. Peters & Tina [A.C.] Besley, Eds), reviewed by Namrata

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

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:

Rikowski, Glenn (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at:

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:

 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:

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