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Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

5–7 October 2016

The fifth conference on the history of the humanities, ‘The Making of the Humanities V’, will take place at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA), from 5 till 7 October 2016.

Goal of the Making of the Humanities (MoH) Conferences

The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the history of a wide variety of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, musicology, philology, and media studies, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.

We welcome panels and papers on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that transcends the history of specific humanities disciplines by comparing scholarly practices across disciplines and civilizations.

Please note that the Making of the Humanities conferences are not concerned with the history of art, the history of music or the history of literature, etc., but instead with the history of art history, the history of musicology, the history of literary studies, etc.

Structure of the Conference

MoH-V will feature three days of panel and paper sessions, next to three keynote speakers and a closing panel on the Status of the Humanities. A reception will take place on the first day in the magnificent Peabody Library, and a banquet on the second day. An overview of the previous conferences and resulting publications is on the Society’s homepage.

Keynote Speakers MoH-V

Karine Chemla (ERC project SAW, SPHERE, CNRS & U. Paris Diderot): “Writing the history of ancient mathematics in China and beyond in the 19th century: who? for whom?, and how?”

Anthony Grafton (Princeton U.): “Christianity and Philology: Blood Wedding?”

Sarah Kay (New York U.): “Inhuman Humanities and the Artes that Make up Medieval Song”

Abstract Submissions

Abstracts of single papers (25 minutes including discussion) should be in Word format and contain the name of the speaker, full contact address (including email address), the title and a summary of the paper of maximally to

Deadline for abstracts: 30 April 2016

Notification of acceptance: End of June 2016

Panel Submissions

Panels last 1.5 hours and can consist of 3-4 papers including discussion and possibly a commentary. Panel proposals should be in Word format and contain respectively the name of the chair, the names of the speakers and commentator, full contact addresses (including email addresses), the title of the panel, a short (150 words) description of the panel’s content and for each paper an abstract of maximally 250 words. Panel proposals should be sent (in Word) to

Deadline for panel proposals: 30 April 2016 Notification of acceptance: End of June 2016

Registration and Accommodation

Registration for the conference will be possible from April 2016. The conference fee will be kept as low as possible (the exact fee and information on student discount will be published in April 2016). Details about the conference fee and accommodation will also be posted in April 2016.

Organization and Support

Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity

The Humanities Center, JHU

The Sheridan Libraries, JHU

Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

Huizinga Institute of Cultural History

MoH International Committee

Rens Bod (U. of Amsterdam), Christopher Celenza (JHU, Baltimore), Hent de Vries (JHU, Baltimore), Julia Kursell (U. of Amsterdam), Fenrong Liu (Tsinghua University), Jaap Maat (U. of Amsterdam), Helen Small (U. of Oxford), Thijs Weststeijn (U. of Amsterdam)

MoH Local Organizing Committee

Stephen Nichols (JHU), Hent de Vries (JHU), Christopher Celenza (JHU)

History of Humanities Journal

Selected conference papers will be published in the new journal History of Humanities. The first issue is due to appear in March 2016.

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The Open Library of Humanities (OLM)

CFP: The Abolition of the University: Deadline: Nov 1st, 2015

Deadline: 1st November 2015

In 1968, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and his colleagues at the University of Nairobi called for the abolition of the English department. They attacked an enduring colonial legacy and envisioned an intellectual renaissance in Africa. In 2012, at the University of Glasgow: “Forty years after Ngũgĩ and his colleagues argued for it in Nairobi, the abolition of the Scottish Department was achieved by managerial diktat in Glasgow.” Two institutional interventions: the first driven by the desire to liberate education from epistemological and pedagogical domination; the second, by the neoliberal business model. This special edition seeks to consider the chequered history of the westernised university, to diagnose its embattled present, and to imagine its future.

In recent months, academics, non-academic staff, students and their allies across the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, Albania, Finland, Colombia, Mexico and elsewhere, have staged protests against neoliberal reform of universities. Wendy Brown argues that the evolution of neoliberalism from a set of economic policies into mode of reason imperils not just liberal institutions but democracy itself. Education across the board is jeopardised by the corporate university model. The liberal arts face multidirectional threats, of extinction and irrelevance. Yet as Gayatri Spivak suggests, if the humanities is the ethical healthcare of society, what resources can we summon to reform, destroy, transform, or re-create the university? Or less innocently, as Bill Readings suggests, simply foster a space where academics (and students) can “work without alibis” in acknowledgement that radical possibilities are constrained by the societies in which universities are situated.

This special edition calls for a cross-disciplinary response, from the humanities and social sciences to all critical, creative and deviant positionalities. Diverse submissions are encouraged from policy reform to short stories. In particular, the edition reaches out to those who traditionally or purposefully find themselves outside the ivory towers: those not included and unassimilated.

Contributions will be considered around (but not limited to) these themes:

  • The western / imperial history of the university
  • Literary / creative representations of the university
  • Epistemologies / pedagogies of possibility
  • Western imperial humanism and the humanities
  • The co-option of postcolonial / Black / queer studies and ‘minority’ / transnational / diasporic literatures
  • Education in an age of neoliberalism / neo-colonialism
  • New models for higher education, including cooperatives, free schools etc.
  • The pedagogy of debt
  • The ‘Student As Producer’
  • Accelerationism and competition in the university
  • Activism: Strike / Occupy / Transform (In / Against / Beyond)
  • Resistance through radical poetics / humanisms

The special collection, edited by Lou Dear (University of Glasgow, and Martin Eve (Birkbeck, University of London,, is to be published in the Open Library of Humanities (ISSN 2056-6700). The OLH is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded open-access journal with a strong emphasis on quality peer review and a prestigious academic steering board. Unlike some open-access publications, the OLH has no author-facing charges and is instead financially supported by an international consortium of libraries.

Submissions should be made online at: in accordance with the author guidelines and clearly marking the entry as [“The Abolition of the University,” SPECIAL COLLECTION]. Innovative submissions that do not clearly fit the submission guidelines are welcome and we encourage authors to contact the editors to discuss this. Submissions will then undergo a double-blind peer-review process. Authors will be notified of the outcome as soon as reports are received.






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Call for Papers

Symploké: A journal for the intermingling of theoretical scholarship


Posthumanisms (Vol. 23, No. 1-2 [2015])

Welcome are papers that engage posthumanism in ways that avoid flattening “the human” into a monolithic or homogenous problematic. We are especially interested in papers that take up posthumanism in relation to the crisis of the humanities and the ongoing crises faced by marginalized “humans” around the globe. How might posthumanist thought be symptomatic of the crisis of the humanities and (higher) education more broadly? How has posthumanist inquiry ignored the lived heterogeneities of humanness distributed across raced, classed, gendered, and differently abled bodies? How can posthumanism’s critical political project benefit from being brought into intimate connection with critical race, queer, feminist, anti-colonial, and disability theories?(Deadline: 31 December 2014.)

Manuscripts must be received by December 31, 2014.

Submissions of any length which are appropriate to the aims of symplokē will be considered, although those between 4,000 and 6,500 words (approximately 16-26 typed, double-spaced pages) are preferred. Please keep in mind that submitted manuscripts need not be intended for an upcoming special issue; general submissions of high quality are encouraged. The editors reserve the right to make stylistic alterations in the interest of clarity. Authors will receive a complementary issue of the journal. All submissions must strictly follow the guidelines for copy preparation listed below. Articles not conforming to these guidelines may be sent back to the author for revision.

Preparation of Copy:
1. All submissions must provide a complete listing of references and use footnotes rather than endnotes.
2. Footnotes should generally consist only of references and are to be consecutively numbered throughout the manuscript.
3. References must include the names of publishers as well as places of publication. Also include full names and a complete listing of translators and editors.
4. The format of the manuscript must conform to the current MLA Style Manual.
5. All manuscripts must be submitted in duplicate. If the manuscript was word-processed, include a copy of your IBM- or Macintosh-compatible disk. Microsoft word or ASCII files are preferable.
6. All quotations, titles, names and dates must be checked for accuracy.
7. All articles must be written in English.
8. This journal has a policy of blind peer reviewing; thus the author’s name should not appear on the manuscript and a separate title page must be provided.
9. Material not kept for publication will be returned if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Address submissions to:

Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Editor-in-Chief
University of Houston-Victoria
3007 North Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901.

Or send attached files to the Editor-in-Chief at:

All materials published in this journal are copyrighted by symplokē. Submission of an article to this journal entails the author’s agreement to assign copyright to symplokē. Articles appearing in symplokē may be reproduced for research purposes, personal reference, and classroom use without special permission and without fee payment. This permission does not extend to other kinds of reproduction such as copying for general distribution, for the creation of collected works or anthologies, for advertising or promotional purposes, or for resale. These and all other rights are reserved.



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Philosophy and Romanticism

Philosophy and Romanticism


UNSW Australia and the University of Sydney
12-14 March, 2014

The last two decades can be described as witness to a genuine revival of interest in German romantic and idealist philosophy. Philosophers working in a variety of areas have embraced the ideas of the romantics and idealists, disentangling them from false or misunderstood legacies, and reexamining them in light of contemporary debates. This conference aims to advance this significant historical and philosophical research, by investigating the two most central themes in German idealist and romantic philosophy: nature and culture and their interdependence.

Precisely because of the interdisciplinary character of romanticism and idealism, the conference approaches the two movements from a number of related angles. In the first instance, the goal is to consider how various thinkers from the romantic era conceived nature and culture, and sought to harmonize the sphere of the natural sciences (Naturwissenschaften) and the sphere of the humanities (Geisteswissenschaften), which, only some fifty years later, became fully separated. In addition, the conference seeks to investigate the interdisciplinary conception of “Geist” developed during that time, which today can be translated into “mind” as well as its various externalizations as “society,” “arts,” “institutions,” and “culture.” In these two ways, the conference will explore the uniqueness of the romantic and idealist views, and consider their potential significance for contemporary debates.

Conference organisers:
Heikki Ikäheimo (UNSW),
Dalia Nassar (Sydney) and
Paul Redding (Sydney)
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Conference sponsored by the Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN) at the University of Sydney and the Faculty of Arts and Social Science and the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW Australia.

Conference Registration

Registrations close 7 March 2014
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Introducing: ‘Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities’ (GARJAH)

Dear Colleague,
I am pleased to inform you that our July 2013 issue Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities is out you can view this issue with the following link:

The Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities (GARJAH) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that will be published monthly by; GARJAH is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject.

Editors and Reviewers
GARJAH is seeking energetic, qualified and high profile researchers to join its editorial team as editors, subeditors or reviewers. Kindly send your resume to: or

Call for Research Articles
GARJAH will cover all areas of the subject. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:
*    Original articles in basic and applied research
*    Case studies
*    Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays

We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) for publication. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. Guide to authors and other details are available on our website:

GARJAH is an Open Access Journal
One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. GARJAH is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.

The advantages to you of publishing in Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities (GARJAH)
*    Full open access: everyone can read your article when it is published
*    Publishing decision within 3 weeks of submission
*    Prompt and fair peer review from two or more expert peer reviewers
*    Frequent updates on your paper?s status
*    Friendly responsive staff

We welcome all your submissions.
I hope you will consider Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities (GARJAH) for your next submission.

Warm regards,
Rex Temile
Editorial officer,
Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities (GARJAH)
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I would like to invite opinion on an issue of immediate importance to all of us. In recent weeks I have been travelling around the UK attending university meetings to discuss my publications (Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory), open access issues generally and their response to the April 1st deadline for implementation of the new mandate. On practical issues, such as how open access funds are going to be administered, I have not met anybody yet that has got its house in order, which seems extraordinary since the RCUK decision was made over eight months ago and we are now six weeks to the start.

Whilst librarians are consistent and vocal supporters of reform (I was recently told that Social Sciences Directory is an ‘exemplar’ of a progressive publishing solution), the concerns of academics come up time and again. Researchers’ lack of understanding and refusal to accept either the need for change, or the new realities for UK research output in the light of Finch, is proving to be far more intractable than the supposedly entrenched resistance of publishing groups (which, whilst fearful that they will not be able to replicate subscription revenues from replacement article fees are already adapting and creating myriad new models).

Academics wish to continue to publish in high impact journals but, from April 1st, must publish in open access journals. I did some simple research into whether there is a body of open access journals that have impact factors, in the process finding this article:
and this list of OA journals with impact factors:

Although the data is now quite old (from 2009) it does not fundamentally alter the fact that, in many subject areas, there are not yet OA journals with impact factors.
So here’s the rub. How are librarians going to make recommendations about reconciling this problem? This would be a valuable discussion and I welcome comments.


Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory



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Humanities Directory: or


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Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational TheoryCENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 19th JANUARY 2013



“Made in Lesotho: Examining clothing workers’ perceptions of compliance with labour standards”

Speaker: Kelly Pike

February 6, 2013
5:45 – 7:15pm
Room: 7-105
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Kelly Pike did her PhD in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her dissertation focused on examining the factors that lead to variation in workers’ perceptions of compliance in Lesotho’s clothing industry. As part of her fieldwork, she spent two years living in Southern Africa and, a Canadian, has recently returned for post-doctoral research with Leah Vosko at York University. There, she is working on building a global employment standards database, comparing employment standards enforcement across Canada, the US, UK and Australia. Kelly also teaches the Negotiations course at Woodsworth College, and works as a part-time consultant for the World Bank, doing comparative research on labour standards compliance in Lesotho and Kenya’s clothing industries.

Sponsored by the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE/UT.


ROXANA NG, 1951-2013

Roxana Ng, PhD
Adult Education and Community Development Program Head, Center for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE) Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
May 28, 1951 – Jan 12, 2013

Roxana Ng passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital after a short and courageous fight with cancer. She leaves behind her father Evan and mother Katherine, and brothers, David and Calvin and their partners, Gio and Katherine. Roxana was generous of spirit, committed to activism and social justice, and dedicated to Emma, Bella and Bijela. She will be deeply missed by a wide circle of family, friends and colleagues.

Roxana was born in Hong Kong in 1951. She immigrated with her parents and two brothers to Canada in 1970. She received a BA from University of British Columbia, and a PhD from University of Toronto. Since 1988, she has been a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto). Roxana’s extensive scholarship on race, gender and class; immigrant women and garment workers; and embodied learning and decolonizing pedagogy is a legacy to be cherished and celebrated.

On Tuesday May 28, 2013, a celebration of Roxana’s life and work will be held in the Library at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor St W from 5pm-8pm. For more information, visit

To honour Roxana’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Inter Pares (

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“Across Boundaries: What are Workers Saying and Doing?”

April 17-20, 2013
Metropolitan Hotel
108 Chestnut Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Make reservations with the hotel:
Use access code 18176
416-599-0555 or 1-800-668-6600

Courage, my friends; ’tis not too late to build a better world. – Tommy Douglas, founder of Canada’s New Democratic Party and father of Canadian Medicare.

In a world which sometimes divides us, the world of work affects us all. It is a world in which working people face trying economic times, inequitable labor policies, and systemic attacks on workers and their human rights. Dedicated to progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement, the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) invites labor educators and those who value labor education to look beyond the boundaries we may perceive and come together in Toronto, Ontario Canada for a conference that values workers and worker education.

UALE welcomes proposals for paper presentations, panels, research projects, workshops, demonstration teaching sessions, and other activities which value what workers are saying, what workers are doing, and that generally support the labor movement or contribute to the art of labor education.

For more info:

Download the Conference brochure here:

For questions about registration:
– In Canada and outside the U.S., contact D’Arcy Martin at
– In the U.S. contact UALE Treasurer Dawn Addy at



Sunday, Jan. 20
2:00pm until 5:00pm
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 5-260

Miguel Figueroa, head of the Communist Party of Canada Johan Boyden, head of the Young Communist League

As 2013 starts with drums of protest, revolutionary & progressive activists have much to reflect on. Last year was the fourth full calendar year of the global economic crisis which erupted in the fall of 2008, and there is no end on the horizon.

Everywhere in the “developed” capitalist world, austerity is the only item on the menu for the corporate elite and their parties, including social democratic politicians who were elected on platforms to defend working people.

Resistance is not limited to Europe. The working class internationally is clearly at the centre of an emerging world-wide movement for fundamental social transformation.

Many Canadian working people share this hunger for a better future for our families and communities. Come hear the proposals of the Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League for the way forward!



University of Victoria
British Columbia
June 1-8, 2013

Register today and benefit from our Early Bird rate. The online registration system is simple and easy to use. Go to

Congress 2013 promises to be an inspiring and exciting experience, featuring:
–  A stellar line-up of Big Thinking speakers including Louise Arbour, Dany Laferrière, Joy Kogawa and more!
– 68 association meetings.
– A variety of cultural activities at UVic, including Indigenous celebrations.
– North America’s largest interdisciplinary book and trade show: Congress Expo.
– New professional development workshops at Career Corner.
– The picturesque setting of Victoria, B.C. with its lush gardens, heritage architecture and stunning ocean views.

Start planning your trip to Victoria. Book your flight and your accommodations here:

New programs and events are being added daily to the online calendar of events! Check it out at

The Early Bird rate is available until March 31, 2013. We look forward to seeing you at Congress 2013!

The 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is an initiative of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and is hosted by the University of Victoria.



April 12-13, 2013
York University, Toronto

The Faculty of Education at York University is home to a range of diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives of education ranging from humanities to ethnography, technology, and arts-based research, across both global and local domains. The Annual Graduate Conference in Education brings together students, faculty, teachers and practitioners to share conceptual and methodological perspectives, practices, experiences and ideas in a collegial learning environment.

Topics for presentations include, but are not limited to:
– Community-situated learning, social justice education, diversity & equity;
– Experiential education, participatory methods;
– Indigenous ways of knowing, (de)colonizing practices;
– Urban education, disability studies, early childhood education;
– Trends in K-12 and post-secondary education;
– Psychoanalysis, sexualities, feminist studies, queer theory, cultural studies;
– Arts-based education, literacy, and linguistics;
– Global and International education, sustainability, environmental studies;
– Mathematics, science, media and technology education;
– Alternative education.

In addition to paper presentations, we welcome proposals consisting of already formed panels. We encourage both debate-style panels that include representatives advocating several positions on a topic of disagreement, and emerging-area style panels that consolidate and explain recent work on a subject of interest to education. Submissions for non-textual artifacts or performance-based presentations (dance, videos, photographs, artwork, technological resources, etc.) are also welcome. All submissions should be emailed to by Friday, February 15, 2013.

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Be radically more effective in your change-making initiatives.

Leading social change demands you understand your relationship with yourself. Join fellow change leaders at Building Personal Mastery, March 21 – 27, 2013. Gain a new perspective. Start leading from your best self!

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Rethinking Labour was founded by professors Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage, who in 2012 published Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada (
The book asks how and why workers were able to exert collective power in the postwar era, how they lost it, and how they might re-establish it in the future.

Rethinking Labour includes both scholars and activists who undertake research on these issues to further the cause of workers’ rights, equality and democracy, both in Canada and around the world.

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The Income Security Advocacy Centre’s Latest Media and Policy News bulletin covers the topic “Welfare to Work,” with Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s white paper on social assistance reform as its top story. In addition to the white paper and press release of January 17, there are links to Canadian coverage of this story, as well as related news from international sources.

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by Nick Bedell, Labor Notes

New York City transit workers ran a winning campaign when we turned to community organizing in our fight against cuts in service.

The cuts to bus service were severe: 38 routes eliminated and 76 with shorter routes or shorter hours. Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 fought the Metropolitan Transportation Authority every step of the way, protesting at board meetings and in front of the director’s house. And we managed to get our laid-off workers back over the course of a year.

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Canada yet to ratify UN safeguard for 53 million who toil in others’ homes.

by Tom Sandborn,

Working in other people’s homes is no guarantee of safety and dignity, according to a new report that finds domestics all over the world are vulnerable to economic exploitation, overwork, rape and other forms of physical abuse.

In the wake of that new UN sponsored research, local advocates say that Canada should be doing more to protect those who tend our children, clean our houses, cook our meals and care for the ill and the dying.

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Canada’s largest energy union says no to the Keystone XL pipeline

by Dave Coles, President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP)

The speech below was delivered by the President of the CEP, Dave Coles, to the labor breakfast titled “Confronting the Climate Crisis: Can Labor Help Shape an Effective Strategy?” held at the City University of New York on 17 January 2013.

The obvious answer to the question is yes and the voice of energy workers is a particularly important one to hear while talking about labor’s role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  As Canada’s largest energy union, the CEP represents 35,000 members employed in oil and gas extraction, transportation, refining, and conversion in the petrochemical and plastics sectors.

CEP believes that it is necessary to transition away from fossil fuels by reducing consumption and investing in green energies while ensuring a just transition for energy workers and their communities.

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by Murray Cooke, The Bullet

On January 3, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten announced that she will be imposing concessionary contracts on the province’s teachers. This is a drastic attack on collective bargaining rights that the teachers have said they will fight. It follows on the heels of the Liberal minority government’s Bill 115, “An Act to Implement Restraint Measures in the Education System,” passed last September with the support of the Conservatives.

A province-wide illegal strike across Ontario’s public education system in response to the latest attack is a real possibility. To begin to turn back the austerity agenda and defend trade union rights, a determined fightback, including a province-wide walkout, is a necessity. A wider movement of support and solidarity also needs to be built. Unfortunately, there is not much hope that the provincial NDP will be an effective player in such a movement.

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A UFCW Canada Human Rights Department Release

As another year passes, The S.A.M.E. continues to break new ground in engaging youth and their communities about the plight of migrant workers in Canada. The newest effort by The Students Against Migrant Exploitation, or The S.A.M.E., is a four-part mini-series on the experiences of migrant agricultural workers in Canada.

The mini-series highlights the experiences of several workers who are among the tens of thousands of people who migrate temporarily to work in fields and greenhouses across Canada.

The four-part series is aimed at providing the broader public with an insider’s look at the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program – a program that has been bringing tens of thousands of migrant workers to Canada every year since 1967.

The videos include first-hand accounts of migrant workers and their real-life experiences. The series is divided into the following episodes:

–  Why They Migrate (PART I)
– Their Living/Working Conditions (PART II)
– Injuries on the Job (PART III)
– What Migrant Agricultural Workers Themselves Would Like to Change (PART IV)

Part One of The S.A.M.E. mini-series, “Why They Migrate”, is now showing on YouTube at
and the other episodes will soon be available for viewing and sharing.

Stay tuned to the YouTube channel for Canada’s leading voice for workers:

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The Oregon Education Association is looking for a Field Education & Training Coordinator for their Union School.

The OEA Union School is an education and training center established as part of OEA’s Strategic Action Plan. The Union School plays a central role in the transformation of OEA to a more member-driven, strategic, organizing-action union.

The FEC will have responsibilities in OEA organizing. S/he will participate in planning, implementing and assessing activities and actions at the state, regional and local levels. The FEC will share responsibility for the education and training components of various organizational campaigns actions. This is a statewide position that will require a great deal of travel.

Deadline for applications: Jan. 25, 2013

For full job description and how to apply, see the posting on the UALE website:



The Woodring College of Education invites dynamic and innovative educators to apply for a tenure-track position (open-rank) in the Master of Education Continuing and College Education (CCE) Program, beginning September 2013.

The successful candidate will be visionary and collaborative with other professional educators, students and alumni. She/he will maintain a strong record of scholarship and will be a leading educator. Additionally, she/he will support student professional development projects and assist students to be competitive in the market for teaching in higher education, directing training and staff development for business, industry, government and professional associations and as administrators of programs for adults, especially in colleges, technical schools and university settings.

For more information, please visit



Toronto, Ontario
Deadline January 23, 2013
Permanent Full-Time Position

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The Bhutan Canada Foundation is currently looking for a Communications & Fundraising Intern to join us for about 10 hours a week for a minimum of 8 weeks.

We’re looking for an energetic communicator that thrives in social media, has great organisational skills, and can work independently to join our small team.

Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Closing date is Jan. 23, 2013. More info on us here:



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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This is a new online progressive review, launched only last week – Review 31 (

With a diverse mix of scholars and journalists it will be reviewing the pick of the latest titles in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular emphasis on politics, history, art and literature. 

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Jodi Dean - The Communist Horizon


Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Jodi Dean – The Communist Horizon
Public Lecture – Open to all. No registration
Thursday 19th May, 6.30pm, Room B34, Birkbeck Main Building

The antagonism that cuts across capitalist countries is increasingly apparent. Dominant ideological forces can’t obscure it. So they name it and they name it communism. The communist horizon is our horizon.

Jodi Dean is Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She has authored or edited ten books, including, most recently, ‘Democracy and other Neoliberal Fantasies’ (Duke 2009) and “Blog Theory’ (Polity 2010). She is the co-editor of Theory & Event.

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Birkbeck, University of London
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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: (recording) and (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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A workshop, 1 July 2011, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK

Sponsored by the History Workshop Journal

For more information or to book a place, contact Dr Katrina Navickas, University of Hertfordshire. Email   


11am-1pm – two roundtables of 5 minute mini-papers, and each followed by discussion.

1pm-2pm – lunch (provided)

2pm-4pm – open-floor session to discuss pre-circulated longer papers and discussion points.

4pm-4.30pm – plan for new agenda for the history of protest, and discussion of proposed published outputs of the workshop.

The proceedings will be live-blogged, and there may be web-conferencing for participants unable to travel.

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Austerity ConDemed



Camberwell College of Art, Wilson Road Building (off Peckham Rd)

Following on from the fantastic Long Weekend at Goldsmiths in December, the Turner Prize and National Gallery teach-ins, the Book Block and the many occupations and actions that emerged from that weekend, this Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th Arts Against Cuts are organising another weekend of action, planning, imagining, working and thinking together.

The schedule below has been drawn from the great list of proposals sent in. There will be lots of free space for anyone who wished to put forward ideas on the days, organised spontaneity.  Schedule may shift around a bit.

* Saturday Creche all day
10 – 11            Breakfast (BYO)
11 – 12            Open Meeting
12 – 5              Parallel Spaces and Open Spaces Including…
* The Art of Direct Action, John Jordan talk and Workshop
* Posters and Graffitti in 1968 Atelier populaire oui, Aterlier bougeois non, talk and print making workshop, Warren Carter, Jess Baines, Jo Robinson
* Radical Education Workshop with Radical Education Collective
*  What shall we do with our cultural institutions? Precarious Workers Brigade
* Paid Not Played Choir & Political Music Collective music and lyric workshop
* Alter/ate Mobile Slogan Factory/ Counterproductions and CGTV
* Screen printing and Banner Making all day

10 – 11            Breakfast (BYO)
11 – 12            Open Meeting
12 – 5              Parallel Spaces and Open Spaces Including…
* Object Sabotage with Evan Calder Williams, & Mute
* Mapping and Connecting with Trade Unions
* Video Box – 1-minute videos and Communist Gallery
* Book Block workshop
* Debt and Slavery, David Graeber
* Theatre of the Dead/ Dual Power – Planning for the 29th
* Fact Sheet Workshop and Free School
* EMA working group – Planning for 18th and 19th
* International Student Discussion/ Chelsea Project

After party gig with Chicago Boys in Camberwell

Arts Against Cuts was initiated across London Art Schools last Autumn.

We want to reclaim the public, critical space that universities and art schools should be, transforming those buildings into art schools for the future, bringing together art students, artists, cultural workers and those fighting the cuts from across the UK to share in defiance against the relentless marketization of our education and our lives. We will share knowledge and skills; we will collaborate across disciplines, ages and backgrounds; we will turn our imagination and desires into tools of disobedience. We will make sure that all the knowledge, ideas, tools and projects which emerge from the event will be disseminated and put into action in streets and public spaces across the country and be shared by all those in the anti-cuts movements. The Direct Weekend will be a feast of non stop workshops and presentations, slide shows and films, how-to sessions and skill shares, and a free space for spontaneous creation of events, actions and expressions. Its not important what art is but what it does, and right now it has the potential to turn the crisis of cuts into an opportunity for change.

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Art: What’s the Use?

Friday 14 January, 2011. 11am-6pm
Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery (£15/£10 conc.)

How subversive really is the social uselessness of art?  Could art play a more directly functional role in culture? Dean Kenning and Gavin Grindon challenge the idea that art should be allowed to take critical positions safe from any real intervention. Participants include Artur Zmijewski, Dmitry Vilensky (Chto Delat), James Marriott &Jane Trowell (PLATFORM), John Roberts, Stephen Wright, Marina Vishmidt, Peter Osborne and Gail Day.

In association with Stanley Picker Gallery Public Lectures on Art & The Visual and Material Culture and Contemporary Art Research Centres at Kingston University of London.

The increasing visibility of contemporary art, together with the shift in art discourse towards the social dimension, not to mention the sheer number of people now practicing as artists, all make the use value of art a vital issue. At a local and national level contemporary art has clearly taken on a role as instigator of local regeneration/gentrification and city branding. Such projects usually involve star artists, while activist, community and socially engaged practices often take place off the art world radar, or else adopt conventional art spaces as leverage for their work. How do organisations and institutions with their resources and networks influence this equation of art and use? In light of the radical changes to higher education which are currently being pushed through alongside simultaneous cuts in the arts budget, can we develop a language beyond the business-model discourse of ‘creative industries’ in which to defend and promote the value of art to a wide public?

This symposium aims to ask: What is the use-value of art today, how is it useful, and for whom? What are the particular imaginative and cognitive skills, competences and approaches that could take effect as part of the general symbolic economy beyond the artworld? What are the lessons and influences of movements which sought an unambiguously social and political function for their experiments? And finally, what are the conditions that enable artists not simply to reflect upon the world, but to act within and change it?

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