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Birkbeck, University of London, 3rd-4th April 2014


Those interested in submitting paper proposals to the following panel:

PO1: On the shores of liberal democracy: exploring the reshaping of the community in the context of post-liberal governments in Latin America Panel convenor: Juan Pablo Ferrero (University of Bath)

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Thank you.
Best regards,
Juan Pablo
Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero
Lecturer in Latin American Studies
Politics, Languages and International Studies
University of Bath
BathBA2 7AY, UK


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Short Abstract

We welcome papers that engage with notions such as populism, democracy, social movements and post-liberalism in relation to a) the structuration of new political formations and b) the changing nature of the notion of the community underpinning the current dominant state-discourse.

Long Abstract

Over the past ten years, arguably as a reaction to the effects of the implementation of neoliberal policies in the region, Latin America has been experiencing a ‘left turn’ signalled by the return of the state in key regulatory functions. The regional picture is by no means homogeneous and includes various exceptions, however, there is consensus among scholar to characterise these developments as something embedded in historical legacies but also as part of a new phenomenon that to an extent challenges old political practices, creates new publics and, in turn, transforms fundamental state-society relationships. In this process, the notion of the community underlying the dominant state discourse has been transformed encompassing broader shifts present in the transition to a post-liberal state. In this panel we welcome papers that conceptually engage with notions such as populism, democracy, social movements, post-liberalism in relation to a) the structuration of new political formations and b) the changing nature of the notion of the community underpinning the current dominant state-discourse.

We have witnessed a renewed interest in the literature on populism vis-à-vis liberal democracies over the recent years. This shared theoretical interest; together with the configuration of a new socio-political context in the region that tends to defy traditional conceptualisations, represent an invitation to critically observe our own analytical tools. The careful consideration of the discursive displacements at stake in notions like community (or the people or the public sphere) will contribute significantly to better our understanding on the depth of recent socio-political transformations.

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Marxism and Education Series: Palgrave Macmillan

‘This is one of the most important contributions to the debates about international racism from one of the most outstanding Marxist scholars. This book is a gem.’ –– Alpesh Maisuria, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

‘Mike Cole offers a devastating dissection of the appalling history and current realities of racism in the UK and the U.S., and in particular its manifestations in the educational system. He also presents an excellent synopsis of Venezuela’s efforts to develop a new, socially just and inclusive alternative in education which is an integral part of that country’s pioneering struggle to build ‘socialism for the twenty-first century.’ Cole’s latest book will be of great value in making students and educationalists consider progressive alternatives to the impoverished curricula and structures within which they operate at present.’ –– Diana Raby, Senior Research Fellow, Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, UK

Following the success of the widely acclaimed Critical Race Theory and Education: a Marxist Response (Palgrave, 2009), in this new book Mike Cole extends his Marxist analysis to include key concepts from the work of neo-Marxists Antonio Gramsci and Louis Althusser. Cole begins by addressing what is distinctive about a neo-Marxist analysis. He then provides his own broad definition of racism and examines the differences between schooling and education, while outlining some practical antiracist classroom strategies for use in the UK and the U.S.

Racism and Education in the U.K and the U.S. – by Mike Cole:  


Socialism, Marxism, and neo-Marxism

Racism in theU.K.

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Racism, Schooling and Education Against Racism in theU.K.and theU.S.

Twenty-First Century Socialism and Education in theBolivarianRepublicofVenezuela

Implications for Multicultural Antiracist Socialist Practice in the Educational Institutions

MIKE COLE is Emeritus Research Professor in Education and Equality and Director of the Centre for Education for Social Justice at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, UK. He is the author of Marxism and Educational Theory: Origins and Issues, (2008), and editor of Professional Attributes and Practice for Student Teachers, 4th Edition (2008), Equality in the Secondary School: Promoting Good Practice Across the Curriculum (2009), and Education, Equality and Human Rights: Issues of Gender, ‘Race’, Sexual Orientation, Disability and Social Class, 3rd Edition (2011).

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