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Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg


An historic conference on Marxist-Feminism that will be taking place in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin next March 20-22, 2015.

The draft programme has just been posted:


Speakers include (among others) Frigga Haug, Gayatri Spivak, Saskia Sassen, Lynn Segal, Nira Yuval-Davis, Zilla Eisenstein, Helen Colley, Shahrzad Mojab, Cynthia Cockburn, Erica Burman.

The event will also include the launch of the new book from Zed Press, Marxism and Feminism, with Shahrzad Mojab, Helen Colley, Cynthia Cockburn, and Frigga Haug.

Registration is via the ‘Anmeldeformular’ in red at the bottom of the conference page.

Please distribute to all your interested networks.  This will be a very important event to discuss the resurgence of Marxist-Feminist thought in recent years.

Best wishes


Helen Colley, MA (Oxon), PhD
Professor of Lifelong Learning and Director of Graduate Education, SEPD, University of Huddersfield
Visiting Professor of Adult Education, OISE, University of Toronto.


The strength of Critique: Trajectories of Marxism – Feminism

International Congress

More than 40 years ago, feminists among Marxists in many countries spoke out. They criticized the concept of labour that was then commonly used in Marxism, they criticized value theory, views on domestic labour and the family, the way of dealing and interacting with each other and with the nature around us, on the economy and wars, visions of the future and the urge for liberation.
They triggered passionate debates – their criticism wasn’t totally ignored. But the work they have carried out on an international scale is far from complete. For some decades feminist Marxist debates subsided because neoliberalism, stumbling from one crisis to another, had brought other issues into focus.
Next year, in March 2015, we intend to pick up the threads. Many of those voices — and many who have since joined — will come together at a congress in order to investigate what has been left undone. We will discuss successes and defeats as well as new projects with the intention of finding out together what has been gained so far, what we need to continue working on, what new issues are on the agenda, and how we can bundle our energies to achieve worldwide resonance to our demand to intervene.
What remains as fundamental as almost half a century ago is that socialist feminists join forces internationally.



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Educating from Marx

Educating from Marx


Educating from Marx

Educating from Marx



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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.

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


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:

For more information and a sample copy of the journal, please visit our website at:

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




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2013 OCUFA Conference “Academia in the Age of Austerity”
January 10-11, 2013
Pantages Hotel, Toronto

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations conference will critically explore how government austerity policies have affected faculty, students, administrators, and institutions in Ontario, in Canada, and globally. It will examine whether austerity is inevitable, or if there are alternatives. And it will ask what universities might do now, and in the future, in response to austerity policies and possible alternatives.

The conference will feature speakers from Canada, the US, the UK and Europe, and have keynote address and interviews, panel presentations, and opportunities for informal discussion and audience participation.  The conference will also release OCUFA’s new polling data on public perceptions of austerity and its impact on higher education. 

The deadline for early-bird registration is Thursday, November 15, 2012.

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Re/imagining Feminist Popular Education:  A Conversation and Book Launch
5-7 pm
Wednesday, November 21
William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks St., Toronto

Join a conversation with practitioner-authors Jenny Horsman, Barbara Williams, Carol-Lynn D’Arcangelis and Audrey Huntley and help us launch Feminist Popular Education in Transnational Debates: Building Pedagogies of Possibility, edited by Linzi Manicom and Shirley Walters (Palgrave, 2012).


From Chicago to Toronto: Educational Activism in Increasingly Conservative Times!

5:00-8:00 p.m. (refreshments will be served at 5:00 pm)
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
OISE Library
252 Bloor Street West (St George Subway)

Join us for a panel & discussion – educators, students & community members welcome!

– Jackson Potter is a Chicago teacher and founding member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) and the Grassroots Education Movement. Jackson was a leader in the recent Chicago Teachers strike. He currently serves the Chicago Teachers Union as its staff coordinator.

– Nigel Barriffe is a TDSB elementary school teacher in Rexdale. Nigel has been serving the community of Etobicoke-North through civic engagement, community development and youth leadership for many years.

– Tim McCaskell is a long-time Toronto writer, activist and educator who in 2005 published “Race to Equity: Disrupting Educational Inequality”, a history of the struggle for equity in Toronto public schools.

– Monica Rosas is a secondary school teacher who describes herself as an artist, educator, and agitator. Monica challenges and provokes discussion on gender, the environment and the experiences of racialized young people throughout Toronto’s urban schools.

What are the roles of educational activists within their classrooms, schools, communities and unions in responding to the challenges we all face in increasingly conservative times? Join us for an opportunity to share experiences and build networks!

Space is limited: Please RSVP to Nina Lewis at 416-978-0146 or

Sponsored by the Centre for Urban Schooling


Indigent Workers and Capitalist Crises in Toronto (1830-1930)

Intersections + Bousfield Lectures
Program in Planning Department of Geography University of Toronto

Friday, Nov. 9
100 St. George Street, Room SS2125
Refreshments provided


Gaetan Heroux
Anti-Poverty Activist, OCAP
Bousfield Distinguished Visitor,
University of Toronto (2011/2012)
Bryan D. Palmer
Professor and CRC Chair,
Canadian Studies and History
Trent University

What is proletarianization? The conventional answer to this question rests on waged labour. Yet many workers, past and present, are routinely unable to secure paid employment, in part because of the persistence of capitalist crises of various kinds. This study of indigent workers in Toronto from the 1830s to the 1930s is premised on an understanding of proletarianization as dispossession, on the one hand, and, on the other, of the ways in which capitalism necessarily produces recurrent crises, leaving many workers wageless. It addresses how wagelessness and poverty were criminalized through the development of institutions of ostensible charitable relief, such as the Toronto House of Industry, in which those seeking shelter and sustenance were required to chop wood or, more onerously, break stone in order to be admitted to the ranks of those ‘deserving’ of such support. Against these measures, numerous protests took place in Toronto, where the black flag was carried in demonstrations demanding ‘work or bread’. Refusals to ‘crack the stone’ and calls for different kinds of relief were common in mobilizations of the wageless in the opening decades of the twentieth century, in which socialists often took the lead. By the time of capitalism’s severe crisis in the Great Depression of the 1930s, Toronto’s wageless were well situated to mount an outcasts’ offensive.


Canadian History through the Stories of Activists – Downtown Toronto Book Launch and Talk

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Room 5250, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Join author and activist Scott Neigh for a talk and book signing as he launches two new books published by Fernwood Publishing: ‘Gender and Sexuality: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists’ and ‘Resisting the State: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists’. Hear about some of the many struggles that have shaped the Canada of today, and talk about new ways of relating to the past as we struggle for a transformed tomorrow.

Scott will be joined by Frank Showler, who has been active in anti-war and social justice movements in Toronto since the late 1930s and whose words (along with his late wife Isabel’s) are at the heart of Chapter 1 of ‘Resisting the State’. He will also be joined by Don Weitz, a pillar of anti-psychiatry organizing in Ontario in the last several decades and the activist whose words are at the heart of Chapter 6 in ‘Resisting the State’. Both will speak briefly about their experiences and about the importance of paying attention to history for movements today.

To learn more about the books and the project of which they are a part, and to read and hear excerpts from the interviews around which the books are organized, visit



Worker Exploitation Is Not Just a Chinese Problem

by Syed Hussan, Huffington Post

Stuck as we are in the midst of a U.S. Presidential campaign in that has consistently framed China as the “boogey man,” the homogenizing outrage against the Canada-China Investment Agreement focused, it is as if China-and Chinese-bashing is all the rage right now.

If you’ve been following all the flare-up in British Columbia in the last few weeks about migrant workers from China coming to work in B.C.’s coal mines you’d think that migrant workers being charged recruitment fees is something that’s never been done before.

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‘Onwards from Occupy’ Project/Contest – Submit your Contribution!

by Toronto Media Co-op

Got a story about Occupy that needs to be told? A personal experience, or an interesting anecdote that never got out?  Have you started some awesome group projects out of Occupy that should be covered with a news story or photo essay?  Do you have some video footage you never got around to editing because you were too busy living in a park?  Now’s the time to post it up on the Toronto Media Co-op as part of our “Onwards from Occupy” project.  We’ll hoping we’ll get posts from this project throughout the anniversary of the southern Ontario ‘occupy’ encampments from now ‘till November.

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In Sandy’s Wake, New York’s Landscape of Inequity Revealed

by Michelle Chen, Common Dreams   

The shock of Sandy is still rippling across the north-eastern United States. But in the microcosm of New York City, we can already see who’s going to bear the brunt of the damage. As Hurricane Katrina demonstrated, floodwaters have a way of exposing the race and class divisions that stratify our cities.

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Video – The Monster in the Closet: Income Inequality

by rabble staff

An illustration of a scary problem haunting Canada — income inequality. This video is part of NUPGE’s ‘All Together Now’ campaign for public services and tax fairness.

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Social Assistance Review Commission’s Final Report and Recommendations plus Roundup of Responses

Please note that the Social Assistance Review Commission’s final report and recommendations was released on Wednesday, October 24. Look here for a roundup of media articles and various responses to the report.

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Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit

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