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Ruth Rikowski

Ruth Rikowski


Ruth Rikowski is now a member of Academia and a collection of her published papers and articles can now be found there.

Ruth Rikowski at Academia:

Ruth Rikowski is a Visiting Lecturer in the Business School at London South Bank University, UK. She is also a Freelance Editor for Chandos Publishing, Oxford, UK.  Ruth is an Associate of the Higher Education Academy (AHEA) and a Chartered Librarian. Ruth Rikowski is the author of Globalisation, Information and Libraries (Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2005) and editor of Knowledge Management: Social, cultural and theoretical perspectives (Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2007) and Digitisation Perspectives (Sense Publishers, 2010). She has written numerous articles in journals such as Business Information Review, Policy Futures in Education, Information for Social Change and Managing Information and given many talks and presentations, focusing in particular on globalisation, knowledge management, information technology, Marxism and feminism. She is currently engaged in writing a series of novels.

The Rikowski website, ‘The Flow of Ideas’ can be found at  and Ruth’s blog, ‘Serendipitous Moments’ is at

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Faculty of Education, Office of Teaching and Learning, Waikato University

School of Creative Arts, James Cook University


Hosted by 

Universityof Waikato, Te Whare Wananga O Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

15-16 August, 2012

First Call for Papers

Deadline for submission:  

Abstracts due: May 1st 2012

Full papers due: July 1st 2012

Education and research have been transformed in the development of knowledge economies. The knowledge, learning and creative economies manifest the changing significance of intellectual capital and the thickening connections between on one hand economic growth, on the other hand knowledge, creativity (especially imagined new knowledge, discovery), the communication of knowledge, and the formation and spreading of creative skills in education. Increasingly economic and social activity is comprised by the ‘symbolic’ or ‘weightless’ economy with its iconic, immaterial and digital goods. This immaterial economy includes new international labour markets that demand analytic skills, global competencies and an understanding of markets in tradeable knowledges. Developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) not only define globalisation they are changing the format, density and nature of the exchange and flows of knowledge, research and scholarship. Delivery modes in education are being reshaped. Global cultures are spreading in the form of knowledge and research networks. Openness and networking, cross-border people movement, flows of capital, portal cities and littoral zones, and new and audacious systems with worldwide reach; all are changing the conditions of imagining and producing and the sharing of creative work in different spheres. The economic aspect of creativity refers to the production of new ideas, aesthetic forms, scholarship, original works of art and cultural products, as well as scientific inventions and technological innovations. It embraces open source communication as well as commercial intellectual property. 

All of this positions education at the centre of the economy/ creativity nexus. But are education systems, institutions, assumptions and habits positioned and able so as to seize the opportunities and meet the challenges? 

This conference investigates all the aspects of education in (and as) the creative economy.The conference objective is to extend the dialogue about the relationship between contemporary higher education and the changing face of contemporary economies. A number of terms describe the nature of the contemporary capitalism of advanced economies: ‘cognitive capitalism’, ‘metaphysical capitalism’, ‘intellectual capitalism’, ‘designer capitalism’. The conference will explore the relationship between the arts and sciences and this new form of capitalism. It will look at the global reach and international imperatives of aesthetic and scientific modes of production, the conditions and character of acts of the imagination in the range of fields of knowledge and arts in this period, and the role of the research university in the formation of the creative knowledge that has a decisive function in contemporary advanced economies.  

Please send title and abstract as an expression of interest to Professor Michael A. Peters:

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Education Crisis


Call for Papers

TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 28, Fall 2012

This special issue of TOPIA seeks contributions (articles, offerings, review essays and book reviews) that reflect on the contemporary university and its discontents. Fifteen years after the publication of Bill Readings’ seminal book The University in Ruins and in the wake of the UK government’s new austerity budget, Nick Couldry and Angela McRobbie proclaim the death of the English university. InItaly, students demonstrating against the Bologna Process protect themselves from police with giant books. On the heels of severe budget cuts and increasing privatization in the California state system, protesting students occupy university buildings, while in British Columbia and Quebec hundreds of students gather for rallies against spiralling student debt and increasing corporate influence on campus.

Everywhere university systems are being eviscerated by neoliberal logics asserting themselves even in the face of economic recession. After decades of chronic under-funding and restructuring, public universities have ceded the university’s public role in a democracy and embraced “academic capitalism” as a “moral” obligation. Acting as venture capitalists, they pressure academics to transfer and mobilize knowledge and encourage research partnerships with private interests; acting as real estate developers, they take over neighbourhoods with callous disregard for established communities; acting as military contractors, they produce telecommunications software and light armoured vehicles for foreign governments; acting as brand managers, they open branch plant campuses around the world and compete for foreign students who can be charged exorbitant fees for access to a “first world” education. With tuition fees and student debt on the rise, academic labour is tiered, cheapened and divided against itself; two-thirds of classes inU.S.colleges and universities are taught by faculty employed on insecure, non tenure-track contracts.

The casualization of academic labour and a plea for sustainable academic livelihoods were at the core of the longest strike in English Canadian university history. As collegiality, academic freedom, and self-governance recede from view, the university remains a terrain of adaptation and struggle.   We will need all the conceptual tools that cultural studies can muster to analyze the changing university as the foundation for our academic callings and scholarly practices. In addition to external influences such as globalization, technoscience, corporatization, mediatization, and higher education policy, internal managerial initiatives, bureaucratization, deprofessionalization, structural complicity between administration and faculty, and intellectual subjectivities must also be analyzed.

All of us, no matter what our political position, must take the time to reflect on the broad questions raised by these changes. Is the site of the university worth struggling over or re-imagining? Can the neoliberal university be set against itself? Is it time for reform or exodus? What other practices of knowledge production, interpretations, modes of organization, and assemblages are possible? This special issue is designed to reflect upon, analyze and strategize about the past, present and future of the university.  

In addition to these matters of concern, possible topics to further dialogue and enable further study include but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing and assessing the crisis of the public university
  • Implementing globalizations: theory, rhetoric and historical experience
  • Continuity and transformation in national academic cultures
  • The position and role of the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • University leaders and university making
  • Managerial theory/practice, academic ethics, and the symbolism of university finance
  • University-private sector intermediaries and initiatives; “innovation” and “creativity” as alibis for academic capitalism; knowledge “transfer” and “mobilization”
  • Marketing, media relations and the promotional condition of the university
  • Space, time, speed and rhythm in the network university
  • The professor-entrepreneur, research practice, and the imperative to produce
  • Academic labour, tenure, stratification and precarity
  • Faculty governance, unions and institutional democracy
  • The indebted, student-worker and the decline of academic study
  • Scholarly disciplines and territories, infrastructure, information practices, communication and publishing
  • The scholarly community of money: grant agencies, writing, committees and adjudication
  • Media/cultural production and critical/radical pedagogy
  • The development of knowledge cultures and the expansion of the commons
  • The university in relation to nearby communities and wider social movements
  • Resistance, common and counter-knowledge, alternative educational formations


To view the author guidelines, see:

To submit papers (with titles, abstracts and keywords) and supplementary media files online, you need to register and login to the TOPIA website at:  

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2012.

Peer review and notification of acceptance will be completed by May 15, 2012.

Final manuscripts accepted for publication will be due July 5, 2012.


Comments and queries can be sent to Bob Hanke or Alison Hearn

For more information about TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, visit


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Cognitive Capitalism and Spaces of Mobility




Final Program for Cognitive Capital and Spaces of Mobility, an International Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden

November 1 & 2 2008



Toni Negri

Yann Boutang

Cyrus Bina



8 sessions and two panels plus Interventions, an Artistic Manifestation



Organized by University of Gothenburg and the Art and Culture Association Kurrents



The final conference program can now be consulted at:

(This works if you copy and paste into your search box – Glenn) 


Please use the contact information on the main page if you have inquiries about the conference or participation in the conference.



For the artistic section, “Intervention”, which during two days will occupy the space of the university Campus, see

(This works if you copy and paste into your search box – Glenn) 


The Organizing committee for the Cognitive Capital and Spaces of Mobility



Email: info@kurren

Head of Organizing Committee: Dariush Moaven Doust



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