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STUDENT UNIONS AND THE CHANGING NATURE OF STUDENT LEADERSHIP IN THE UK

Society for Research into Higher Education

Date – 2 June 2014: 13.00-17.00

Venue – SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

Network – Student Experience

This event explores the role of student leadership in UK Higher Education, including the role and function of institutional student unions, the National Union of Students and relationships with institutions, sector agencies and the government. Within institutions, the positioning and governance for student union officers, student union staff and senior management varies. The event draws together recent research, analysis of policies and commentaries from representatives and experts.
Speakers include:

Professor Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey: presenting on her work for the NUS and the Leadership Foundation for HE on the changing nature of student leadership.

Jim Dickinson, Chief Executive at Union of UEA Students, responding to the report

Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, King’s College London: presenting on her QAA-funded research on Student Expectations with reference to collective and individual notions of student engagement and representation.

The programme will include a roundtable of discussants of the presentations.

To reserve a place: http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/

Note: Unless otherwise stated SRHE events are free to members, there is a charge of £60 for non-members.

 

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Education

Education

MASS INTELLECTUALITY

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO A BOOK ON ‘MASS INTELLECTUALITY: THE DEMOCRATISATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION’

Joss Winn (University of Lincoln, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Educational Research and Development) at: http://josswinn.org/2014/02/book-proposal-mass-intellectuality-the-democratisation-of-higher-education/

Through our work on the Social Science Centre, Richard Hall and I have been approached to produce a book which documents and critically analyses ‘alternative higher education’ projects in terms of their being critical responses to ‘intellectual leadership’ in mainstream higher education. The book is intended to be part of a series already agreed with Bloomsbury Academic Publishing that focuses on ‘intellectual leadership’. The series editors have encouraged us to develop a proposal for an edited volume. A brief statement about the series is:

‘Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education’ is a research-level series comprising monographs and edited collections with an emphasis on authored books. The prime purpose of the series is to provide a forum for different and sometimes divergent perspectives on what intellectual leadership means within the context of higher education as it develops in the 21st century.

This is an invitation to attend a workshop where we aim to collectively design a book proposal that is submitted to Bloomsbury. As you can see below, we have drafted a proposal, which the series editors and their peer-reviewers have responded very positively to, but it has always been our intention to ultimately produce the book in a collaborative way with all its authors.

[UPDATE: Just to be clear: we welcome contributions from authors who are not based in the UK and can offer a perspective from outside the UK. It is our intention that the book have an international focus. Attendance at the workshop is preferred but not obligatory.]

We hope that from the workshop, a revised proposal is produced with confirmed authors and chapter summaries, which we will then submit to Bloomsbury for final approval.

We are very optimistic that it will be accepted, but of course we are at liberty to submit the proposal elsewhere if Bloomsbury decide not to go ahead with it. Either way, we are confident of getting the book published.

Hopefully, the draft proposal below is largely self-explanatory. The chapters headings are only indicative in order to get us this far. We expect a fully revised proposal to come out of the workshop with input from all authors.

If you are interested in writing a chapter for the book, you are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop. We will be seeking international contributions to the book, but would like as many authors as possible to help design the book through attendance at this workshop.

We welcome anyone who is involved with and/or working on alternative higher education projects such as free universities, transnational collectives, occupied spaces, and co-operatives for higher education. We hope that this book will provide a lasting critical analysis of recent and existing efforts to develop alternatives to mainstream higher education in the UK and elsewhere. We expect it to encompass chapters which focus on all aspects of these initiatives including, for example, governance, pedagogy, institutional form, theory, disciplinary boundaries, subjectivities: ‘academic’, ‘teacher’, ‘student’, ‘researcher’, and the role and nature of research outside of mainstream universities.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 5th June in Leicester, UK. Exact details of time and place will be sent to participants nearer the date. If you would like to attend, please email Joss Winn prior to 10th May, with a brief abstract of your anticipated contribution. This will help us get a sense of direction prior to the workshop and organise it more effectively. If you are unable to attend the workshop but would like to contribute to the book, please tell us.

 

OUTLINE:

1. Book Title and Subtitle.

‘Mass Intellectuality: The democratisation of higher education’

2. Summary

Drawing on the activism of academics and students working in, against and beyond the neo-liberal university, this book brings together for the first time, both an analysis of the crisis of higher education and the alternative forms that are emerging from its ruins.

3. Description (marketing)

Higher education in the UK and elsewhere is in crisis. The idea of the public university is under assault, and both the future of the sector and its relationship to society are being gambled. Higher education is increasingly unaffordable, its historic institutions are becoming untenable, and their purpose is resolutely instrumental. What and who have led us to this crisis? What are the alternatives? To whom do we look for leadership in revealing those alternatives?

This book brings together critical analyses of the failures of ‘intellectual leadership’ in the University, and documents on-going efforts from around the world to create alternative models for organising higher education and the production of knowledge. Its authors offer their experience and views from inside and beyond the structures of mainstream higher education, in order to reflect critically on efforts to create really existing alternatives.

The authors argue that mass higher education is at the point where it no longer reflects the needs, capacities and long-term interests of society. An alternative role and purpose is required, based upon ‘mass intellectuality’ or the real possibility of democracy in learning and the production of knowledge.

4. Key features

1. The book critiques the role of higher education and the University in developing solutions to global crises that are economic and socio-environmental. In this way it grounds an analysis of the idea that there is no alternative for higher education but to contribute to neoliberal agendas for economic growth and the marketisation of everyday life. The restrictions on the socio-cultural leadership inside the University are revealed.

2. The book describes and analyses several real, alternative forms of higher education that have emerged around the world since the ‘Great Recession’ in 2008. These alternatives emerged from worker-student occupations, from engagements in civil society, and from the co-operatives movement. These projects highlight a set of co-operative possibilities for demonstrating and negotiating new forms of political leadership related to higher learning that are against the neo-liberal university.

3. The book argues that the emergence of alternative forms of higher education, based on co-operative organising principles, points both to the failure of intellectual leadership inside the University and to the real possibility of democracy in learning and the production of knowledge. The place of ‘Mass Intellectuality’ as a form of distributed leadership that is beyond the limitations of intellectual leadership in the University will be critiqued, in order to frame social responses to the crisis.

5. Table of Contents

Chapters to be negotiated in a dedicated workshop for the book. However, examples indicative of actual content are as follows.

1. Introduction: Leadership and academic labour: the failure of intellectual leadership in Higher Education [Joss Winn and Richard Hall]

This chapter will introduce the book by offering a perspective on the different types of ‘intellectual leadership’ that exist within higher education i.e. the state, university management, and academic. It will establish a critical framework for understanding the role of each, focused upon their interrelationships, and the tensions and barriers that arise. The chapter aims to introduce and provide a review of the term ‘intellectual leadership’, and then offer a different way of conceiving it as a form of social relationship. In doing so, the authors will briefly question the role, purpose and idea of the university and ask what is it for, or rather, why is it being led? For what purpose? If there has been a failure of leadership, whom has it failed? The authors will then draw on other chapters in the book to offer further responses to these questions, which are themselves developed through the structure of the book: in; against; and beyond the university. We will review the aim of each section, how they are connected and why they point to the need for alternatives. We will address whether it is possible to define alternatives for higher education as a coherent project, and if so how can they be developed and what is the role of leadership in that process?

First section: inside the University

This section sets up the problems of intellectual leadership, historically, philosophically and politically. The co-editors suggest the following indicative areas, which will be defined at the workshop.

  • The failures of intellectual leadership: historical critique (including militarisation and financialisation)
  • The failures of intellectual leadership: philosophical critique
  • Intellectual leadership and limits of institutional structures: managerialism and corporatisation against academic freedom
  • Technology: enabling democracy or cybernetic control?
  • The recursive ‘logic’ of openness in higher education: Levelling the ivory tower?

Second section: against the University

This section documents responses to the first section, in the form of recent critical case studies from those working and studying within and outside the academy. The co-editors suggest the following indicative areas, which will be defined at the workshop.

  • Leaderless networks, education and power
  • Student intellectual leadership: models of student-academic and student-worker collaboration
  • Forms of co-operation: case studies of organisational democracy in education
  • Historical examples of leaderless organisation
  • Historical examples of resistance to intellectual leadership
  • Regional examples of alternatives: Latin America, etc.
  • A review of recent initiatives: Student as Producer, SSC, FUN, Free University Brighton, Liverpool, Ragged, P2PU, Brisbane, Edufactory, etc.

Third section: beyond the University

This section provides a critical analysis of the responses described in section two and draws out generalisable themes related to the purpose, organisation and production of higher education, in terms of the idea of Mass Intellectuality, relating it to leadership.  The co-editors suggest the following indicative areas, which will be defined at the workshop.

  • Co-operative higher education. Conversion or new institution building?
  • Other models: Open Source ‘benevolent dictator’; heroic leader; radical collegiality, co-operatives
  • Critiques of horizontalism, P2P production, forms of co-operation, radical democracy, etc.
  • Beyond/problems with/critique of ‘Student as Producer’ (Lincoln)
  • General intellect, mass intellectuality: New forms of intellectuality
  • Higher and higher education: Utopian forms of higher education
  • Intellectual leadership and local communities
  • Public intellectuals and public education

Conclusion. The role of free universities: in, against and beyond [Joss Winn and Richard Hall].

The concluding chapter will aim to synthesis key points from the book into an over-arching critical, theoretical argument based upon evidence from the preceding chapters. We will question whether the examples of alternatives to intellectual leadership inside and beyond the university are effective and whether they are prefigurative of a fundamental change in the meaning, purpose and form of higher education. We will reflect on the concept of ‘mass intellectuality’, and attempt to develop this idea in light of our critique and preceding evidence. We will attempt to identify a coherent vision for alternatives to mainstream higher education and assess the role and form of ‘intellectual leadership’.

 

6. Chapter by chapter synopsis

This needs to be determined at our workshop, but the text below is indicative.

Section one collects chapters which discuss the historical, political-economic and technological trajectory of the modern university, with a particular critical focus on the ‘imaginary futures’ of post-war higher education in the UK and elsewhere. In the context of the current social and economic crises, the chapters lay out the failures of universities and their leaders to provide an on-going and effective challenge to neo-liberalism and question why.

Section two collects chapters which focus on recent and historical attempts by students and academics to resist, reinvent and revolutionise the university from within. Looking at UK and international examples, they examine the characteristics of these efforts and assess the effectiveness of critical forms of praxis aimed against what the university has become.

Section three collects chapters which reflect critically on recent student and academic activism that goes beyond the institutional form of the university to understand higher education as a form of social relations independent of mainstream disciplines and structures. They examine several inter-related and complementary forms of practice as well as reflecting critically on their own practice.

 

7. Indicative Submission date

  • Workshop to define content and structure in 5th June 2014
  • First draft of all chapters by October/November 2014.
  • Peer-review of chapters completed by February/March 2015.
  • Final draft chapters to co-editors by May/June 2015.
  • Manuscript delivered by September 2015.

 

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Education

Education

FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON LEARNING, TEACHING AND EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS OR FULL PAPERS

4th WORLD CONFERENCE ON LEARNING, TEACHING AND EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

28-30 OCTOBER 2013, University of Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

 

We would like to invite you to submission proposals for the “4th WORLD CONFERENCE ON LEARNING, TEACHING AND EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP” which will take place on October 28-30, 2013, in Barcelona, in Spain.

The proceedings of the conference will be published in Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences Journal by ELSEVIER (http://www.elsevier.com) and will be indexed ScienceDirect, Scopus, and Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science). In addition, there are keynote speakers who will also give workshops. You will also have a chance to discuss your work, should you wish to publish it with the editors of the most respected journals in the world, while making close connection with them.

Let’s meet the historical, touristic and the magical city of World in Barcelona in Spain

Abstract submissions due: April 30, 2013

·        STEP ONE OF THE SUBMISSION PROCESS

·        or e-mailed to wclta.info@gmail.com

·        www.wc-lta.org

PREVIOUS WCLTA CONFERENCES

3rd WCLTA 2012: Brussels – Belgium

2nd WCLTA 2011: Istanbul – Turkey

1st WCLTA 2010: Cairo – Egypt

 

PREVIOUS WCLTA PAPERS

WCLTA-2012: Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences Journal, In Press….

WCLTA- 2011: Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences Journal, Volume 31 (2012), pages 1-932

WCLTA 2010: Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences Journal, Volume 9, Pages 1-2090 (2010)

 

IN COLLABORATION WITH:

University of Barcelona

Bahcesehir University

Near East University

Ankara University

Anadolu University

Hacettepe University

Elsevier Publications

ISI Thomson Reuters

 

TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS:

All submissions are subject to a peer-review process.

*Full and Short Papers

*Reflection Papers

*Posters/Demonstrations

*Tutorials

*Panels

*Roundtables

*Workshop

*Virtual Presentation

*Product/Services Presentations

 

PUBLICATION OF THE PAPERS:

*All accepted papers of the conference will be published in Procedia-Social and Behavioral Journal (ISSN: 1877-0428) by ELSEVIER and will be indexed ScienceDirect, Scopus, and Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science).

*All proposals will be subjected to peer-reviews. Selected papers from the conference will be considered for extended version publication in the supporting journals.

 

SUPPORTING JOURNALS:

Authors of selected articles are welcomed to submit extended version for publication in regular issues of the following reputed journals, in addition to publication in the conference proceedings. New copyright forms must also be signed and delivered to the appropriate journal.

The journals that has been confirmed so far (further replies are expected in following days):

*Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling (Indexed in SSCI)

*British Journal of Educational Technology (Indexed in SSCI)

*Asia Pacific Education Review (Indexed in SSCI)

*Computers and Education (Indexed in SSCI)

*Teaching in Higher Education (Indexed in SSCI)

*British Journal of Psychology (Indexed in SSCI)

*British Journal of Healthy Psychology

*Educational Technology Research and Development (Indexed in SSCI)

*South African Journal of Psychology, (Indexed in SSCI)

*AnkaraUniversity Faculty of Education Journal

*Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences

*World Journal on Educational Technology

*Contemporary Journal on Educational Research

*International journal of Learning and Teaching

 

VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION:

Researchers who are unable to resolve the funding issue concerning the conference expenses will be provided with an alternative approach for participation, namely, Virtual Online Presentation. Those who would like to make their presentations online from their home countries will also be awarded with a certificate and their papers will be considered for publications similar to other participants as if they were present physically. Those who would like to make use of the Virtual Online Presentation facility will be requested to send their virtual posters or other soft copy materials such as power point presentations to the secretariat. In addition, these participants who would prefer to make use of the Virtual Online Presentation facility may also contribute to the conference through video conferencing.

 

Deadlines & Important Dates:

Abstract Submissions   April 30, 2013

Full Paper Submissions         August 31, 2013

Hotel reservation        September 05, 2013

Early Registration                September 07, 2013

Conference Dates        October 28-30, 2013

* After the submission date, the authors of abstracts will be notified in 4 day.

** After the submission date, the authors of full paper will be notified in 20 day.

 

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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No Future

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RESEARCHING WORK AND LEARNING

Special Conference Announcement
International Conference on Researching Work and Learning (RWL)

The Seventh RWL Conference will be taking place in Shanghai, China (December 4-7, 2011)

All conference information can be found at http://www.rwlecnu.org/

Deadline for proposals (papers, symposia, workshops, poster sessions) is March 1st, 2011.

Conference Streams include:
a) Learning, Organizational Change and Organizational Development
b) Professional Work and Learning
c) Leadership Studies in Work and Learning
d) Labour Studies in Work and Learning
e) Trade Unions’ Education and Learning
f) Quality of Work/Learning Life
g) Trans-nationalism, Migration, Work and Learning
h) Work, Learning and Community
i) Learning Theory, Skills and Work
j) Identity, Work and Learning
k) Gender, Ethnicity, Spirituality, Diversity in Workplace and Learning
l) Vocational Education, Labour Markets and Learning
m) Policy Studies, Work and Learning
n) Unpaid Work and Learning
o) Historical Approaches to Work, Learning and Social Change
p) Best practice studies, work and learning

About the RWL Series:
The RWL international conference series was established in 1999 and has run continuously since on a bi-annual basis. Successful conferences have been held in the UK, Canada, Finland, Australia, South Africa, Denmark. In close association with the Journal of Workplace Learning and Emerald Publishing, the RWL series is the longest, continuously running international conference series in the field of work and learning studies currently in operation.

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

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 CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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Work, work, work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 8th AUGUST 2010

EVENTS

POLICY IN FOCUS WEBINAR

September 8, 2010
12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

Join Wendy Cukier to discuss diversity in leadership.

The webinar will be a discussion of the latest Maytree Policy in Focus issue, Diverse Leadership Fuels Organizational Effectiveness and Prosperity.

To register, contact: policyinfocus@maytree.com

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FIVE GOOD IDEAS ABOUT REIMAGINING YOUR ORGANIZATION

Tuesday, September 21
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
St. Michael’s College – Elmsley Hall, Charbonnel Lounge
81 St. Mary Street (closest subways are Bay Station and Museum Station)

Nick Saul, Executive Director of The Stop Community Food Centre, will share Five Good Ideas gleaned from his work in transforming a small, local food bank into a thriving community food centre. The Stop’s story has lessons and inspirational ideas for everyone interested in building healthy community organizations, inclusive public space and creating social change.

Register online at http://maytree.com/training/five-good-ideas (Space is limited so register early. There is no cost for the workshop and a light lunch will be provided.)

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INVITATION TO KAIROS 2010 REGIONAL MEETINGS

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for all the support you have given KAIROS and the actions you have taken over the last year. As many of you know, we were encouraged by MPs to reapply, and have done so. We are now awaiting the decision on this part of our work.

Meanwhile, we continue to work together on issues of human rights and ecological justice, and are encouraged in this by your ongoing support. Thank you.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our upcoming Regional Meeting in your area. Regional Meetings give us the opportunity to reflect on the previous year’s events, struggles, and successes in addition to providing the space for building connections and relationships. Local committees have organized these meetings with local issues in mind, and national staff will be on hand to introduce the upcoming campaigns and provide the newest resources and campaign materials for the coming year. The coming year’s campaign focus will be “The Land, Our Life: Indigenous Rights and Our Common Future.” Please visit the website for location information and to download the poster from your region:

http://www.kairoscanada.org/en/get-involved/network/fall-regional-meetings/

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HIGH PARK BBQ FUNDRAISER

Saturday Aug 14
12 noon-6 p.m.
High Park, Toronto (4th zone behind the swimming pool)

The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASN) is hosting a BBQ along with the Free the Cuban Five Committee – Toronto. This event will include food, drinks, music, soccer and other activities. The proceeds will go to two very good causes:
1. The legal defense fund for Ilian Burbano, a well respected member of our community, and the 8 Ontario Coalition against Poverty (OCAP) members that were arrested for peacefully protesting the special diet cuts by the Liberal government. Click for more info: http://ocap.ca/taxonomy/term/35

2. The Free the Cuban 5 Fund: The “Cuban 5” have been falsely labeled as terrorists in the U.S. Click for more info: http://www.freethefive.org/

Please RSVP to rburbano@hotmail.com and feel free to bring friends/partners and the whole family. Please also pass along the invitation to other supporters.

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REGIONAL SUMMITS ON HOSPITAL FEE-FOR-SERVICE FUNDING, ACROSS ONTARIO

The provincial government is changing the way hospitals are funded, moving away from block grants (called hospital global budgets) to a type of fee-for-service funding. This system has already been tried in the UK where it resulted in serious financial instability for hospitals, privatization and major cuts.

– Hamilton: Tues, Sept 21, 10am-3pm, Legion, 435 Limeridge Rd E
– Sault Ste. Marie: Wed, Sept 22-3pm, 10am-3pm, Legion, 96 Great Northern Rd
– London: Thurs, Sept 23, 10am-3pm, CAW Hall Local 27, 606 First St
– Sudbury: Sat, September 25, 10am-3pm, Legion, 1553 Weller St
– Ottawa: Mon, Sept 27, 10am-3pm, Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe St
– Toronto: Tues, Sept 28, 10:30am-3:30pm, Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St

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NEWS & VIEWS

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: GATHERING KNOWLEDGE ON EFFECTIVE PRACTICES IN UNION LED WORK RELATED LEARNING (MERX Reference # PR201340)

The project includes 2 related components: Gathering knowledge about specific effective practices in work related learning, led by, or with the full participation of unions; Gathering knowledge about the value of “Union Learning Representatives” as catalysts for, and facilitators of work related learning. Sponsoring organization: Centre for Workplace Skills/Centre pour les compétences en milieu de travail.

More info: http://bit.ly/cWqUfO
En français: http://bit.ly/9tNNkz

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: WORKER ADJUSTMENT IN CANADA: UNDERSTANDING EFFECTIVE PRACTICES (MERX Reference # PR201332)

This knowledge gathering project seeks to identify and document current Canadian practices in worker adjustment with a particular emphasis on identifying the elements of such practices that lead to the most successful outcomes.  Adjustment is understood as those policies and practices which are employed to actively help workers who have lost or who are in danger of losing their jobs. These can include programs of two broad types:
1    Programs focused on workers from specific workplaces who are threatened with job loss or have been given layoff notices.
2    Programs organized by employers who may be potentially hiring of workers laid-off elsewhere. Sponsoring organization: Centre for Workplace Skills/Centre pour les compétences en milieu de travail.

More info: http://bit.ly/a87shq
En français: http://bit.ly/dutee1

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UPDATE ON WORKFORCE ESSENTIAL SKILLS PROJECT

PTP – Adult Learning and Employment Programs is pleased to share an update on its “Workforce Essential Skills across Canada (WESCan)” project.

WESCan is a 2-year project funded by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES). Using our workforce literacy training system, including the CAMERA assessment and workwrite materials, PTP has been working closely with five partners across the country to build meaningful programming for adult learners. The resources that result from this project will be available for all interested parties.

More information can be found at: http://www.ptp.ca/wescan-workforce-essential-skills-across-canada/

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MAYTREE FOUNDATION: THE ONE SUMMIT BENEFIT

by Alan Broadbent

Did anything good come out of the G20 meetings? Apart from a luke-warm pledge on maternal health (which is unclear on abortion), and which might turn out like many G8-G20 “pledges” (remember aid to Africa?), was there a benefit?

Read more: http://maytree.com/spotlight/the-one-summit-benefit.html

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EVALUATING SOCIAL INNOVATION

Developmental Evaluation is a form of evaluation that has emerged for use in situations where more established forms of evaluation are not appropriate and may even be counter-productive.

In June 2010, Tamarack hosted a popular audio seminar on Developmental Evaluation (DE) with Michael Quinn Patton, one of the world’s leading authorities in evaluation. In his latest book, Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use, Michael provides real-life examples and frameworks that offer concrete ways to help – not hinder – the work of social innovators and change makers in an increasingly complex world.

Read full article: http://bit.ly/9jjbDB

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ENVISIONING THE FUTURE, FANNING THE FLAMES

15,000 Attend Detroit Social Forum: High-Energy Gathering Fires Up A New Generation of Activists in
U.S. Left and Social Movements

by Carl Davidson, The Bullet

When 15,000 vibrant and politically engaged people gather in one spot for five days and organize themselves into more than 1000 workshops, dozens of major plenaries and late night parties across five major cultural hot spots, no one article can claim to give a full account and get away with it.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/392.php

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

A NETWORK PERSPECTIVE ON STATE-SOCIETY SYNERGY TO INCREASE COMMUNITY-LEVEL SOCIAL CAPITAL
Danielle M. Varda
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 6 August 2010, 10.1177/0899764010378171
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010378171v1

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EXPLODING CITIES: HOUSING THE MASSES IN PARIS, CHICAGO, AND MEXICO CITY, 1850—2000
Harold L. Platt
Journal of Urban History 2010;36 575-593
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/36/5/575

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“WHOSE INQUIRY IS THIS ANYWAY?” MONEY, POWER, REPORTS, AND COLLABORATIVE INQUIRY
Elizabeth Kasl and Lyle Yorks
Adult Education Quarterly 2010;60 315-338
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/60/4/315

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JOB POSTINGS

ASSOCIATE PHONE MANAGER, GREENPEACE, TORONTO ON

[from Canada’s Green Job Site, http://www.GoodWorkCanada.ca]

Position: Associate Phone Manager (Part-time & weekend)
Organization: Greenpeace Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Reports to: Phone Manager
Salary rate: $19.59/hour plus excellent benefits package
Duration: until December 17, 2010 with possibility of becoming permanent
Work hours: 21 hours per week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 3:30 to 8:30 pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Closing date for applications: September 8, 2010

For more info: http://www.goodworkcanada.ca/greenjobs.php?id=11922

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CSI (CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION) SEEKS NEW COMMUNICATION STAFF LEAD!

The Communication Manager is a wizard of words, a communication strategist and the shameless promoter of all things CSI. Equally comfortable devising a marketing strategy and writing communication materials, this person will tell our story, engage our growing community and position CSI as a hub of social innovation in Toronto and around the world.

We seek an extraordinary individual who brings solid communication skills, marketing savvy, and a sense of style and creativity to the job.

For more info: http://socialinnovation.ca/sites/default/files/CSI_JobPosting_Communications_2010.pdf
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NOT THE DAILY GRIND: COME WORK FOR LABOR NOTES

What’s better than a job that keeps you in touch with the best of our movement’s troublemakers on a daily basis? Labor Notes is hiring for two job openings including a staff writer and organizer, a bilingual Latino outreach coordinator.

It’s an exciting time to work for Labor Notes, and we’re looking for experienced candidates to join our team. Click here for job descriptions: http://www.labornotes.org/jobs

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CSEW’S MANDATE:

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 CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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POWER AND EDUCATION

VOLUME 2 NUMBER 1 2010

The latest issue is at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/2/issue2_1.asp

POWER AND EDUCATION
Volume 2 Number 1 2010, ISSN 1757-7438

Susanna Hannus & Hannu Simola. The Effects of Power Mechanisms in Education: bringing Foucault and Bourdieu together

Gillean McCluskey & Mirriam Lephalala. ‘A person is a person because of others’: challenges to meanings of discipline in South African and UK schools

Michelle Forrest, Miriam Cooley & Linda Wheeldon. Mapping the Movement of Invention: collaboration as rhizome in teaching and research

Jill Jameson. Trust and Leadership in Post-Compulsory Education: some snapshots of displaced dissent

Christiane Thompson. The Power of Authority: challenging educational theory and practice

Cameron McCarthy & Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz. Teaching Difficult History: Eric Williams’ Capitalism and Slavery and the challenge of critical pedagogy in the contemporary classroom

Jennifer Lavia & Pat Sikes. ‘What part of me do I leave out?’: in pursuit of decolonising practice

Anne Pirrie, Kevin Adamson & Walter Humes. Flexing Academic Identities: speaking truth to power

BOOK REVIEWS

Transnational Perspectives on Culture, Policy, and Education: redirecting cultural studies in neoliberal times (Cameron McCarthy & Cathryn Teasley, Eds), reviewed by Douglas Brown

Journey into Dialogic Pedagogy (Eugene Matusov), reviewed by Alexander M. Sidorkin

Labor of Learning: market and the next generation of educational reform (Alexander M. Sidorkin), reviewed by Eugene Matusov

Access to the full texts of current articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription. However, all articles become free-to-view 18 months after publication.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION (single-user access). Subscription to the 2010 issues (i.e. full access to the articles in Volume 2, Numbers 1-3) is available to individuals at a cost of US$50.00. Personal subscriptions also include automatic free access to ALL PAST ISSUES. If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribePOWER.asp

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the journal’s Editor, Dr Michael Watts (michael.watts@wwwords.eu)

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the journal articles on the website, please email the publishers at support@symposium-journals.co.uk

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Thomas Aquinas

AQUINAS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: LEARNING, LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY

        

Aquinas Annual Conference 2010 

21-22 June 2010, 9.30-16.30 (both days)

 

Keynote Speakers for 21 June 2010

Professor Richard Pring of Oxford University and leader of the Nuffield Review – Educational Aims and Values: the need for a wider vision of learning

Professor John West-Burnham, Professor of Educational Leadership, St Mary’s University College – Educational Leadership as a Vocation: developing moral purpose

Mary Oski – Manager, Leadership & Accountability, Catholic Education Office Melbourne and tour leader of the Australian principals joining the conference as part of their enrichment leave study visit – School Improvement: a collective responsibility

Keynote Speaker for 22 June -2010

Professor Paul Clarke – St Mary’s University College – Community Renaissance

Website: http://www.smuc.ac.uk/aquinas

Cost: Day Rate Day 1, £120; Day Rate Day 2, £100; Both Days, £190

Further details and booking, contact Nicola Condon Cusden: cusdennc@smuc.ac.uk, Tel: 0208 240 4275

Refreshment and Lunch included

Accommodation can be booked

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Alternative Culture

CULTURAL LOGIC: AN ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF MARXIST THEORY AND PRACTICE

A NEW DOUBLE ISSUE

Dear colleagues and comrades:

I am pleased to announce that the new double-issue of ‘Cultural Logic: an electronic journal of marxist theory and practice’ is now available online at: http://clogic.eserver.org/

Below, please find the table of contents to each part of the double-issue.

Sincerely and in solidarity,

Joe Ramsey

Editor of the forthcoming 2010 Cultural Logic special issue on “Culture and Crisis” – jgramsey@gmail.com

Cultural Logic: an electronic journal of marxist theory and practice

New Double Issue 2008/2009

Issue 2008: http://clogic.eserver.org/2008/2008.html

Issue 2009: http://clogic.eserver.org/2009/2009.html

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Cultural Logic, ISSUE 2008: http://clogic.eserver.org/2008/2008.html

Articles

Stephen C. Ferguson II: “Contractarianism as Method: Rawls contra Mills”

Melissa Hull Geil: “Shakespeare and the Drama of Capital”

Nigel M. Greaves: “Intellectuals and the Historical Construction of Knowledge and Identity: A Reappraisal of Gramsci’s Ideas on Leadership”

Sven-Eric Holmström: “New Evidence Concerning the ‘Hotel Bristol’ Question in the First Moscow Trial of 1936”

Nicola Masciandaro: “Consciousness, Individuality, Mortality: Basic Thoughts about Work and the Animal/Human Boundary”

John H. McClendon III: “The African American Philosopher: The Missing Chapter in McCumber on McCarthyism”

J. C. Myers: “Traces of Utopia: Socialist Values and Soviet Urban Planning”

Garry Potter: “Humanism and Terror: Merleau-Ponty’s Marxism”

J. Jesse Ramirez: “Rage Against the Dying of the Light: Herbert Marcuse and the Politics of Death”

Jacek Tittenbrun: “Between Subjectivism and Individualism: A Critical Appraisal of the Austrian Case for Private Ownership”

Reviews

Lukas MacKenzie: Mark S. Blumberg, Basic Instinct: The Genesis of Behavior, and Michael Tomasello, Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition

Poetry

Bruno Gulli: “Hölderlin’s Window”

Howard Pflanzer: “The Endless War”

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Cultural Logic, Issue 2009:
http://clogic.eserver.org/2009/2009.html

Articles

Jeffrey Cabusao: “The Social Responsibility of Filipino Intellectuals in the Age of Globalization and Empire: An Interview with E. San Juan, Jr. and Delia D. Aguilar”

Alzo David-West: “The Literary Ideas of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il: An Introduction to North Korean Meta-Authorial Perspectives”

Barbara Foley: “Rhetoric and Silence in Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father”

Grover Furr: “Evidence of Leon Trotsky’s Collaboration with Germany and Japan”

Bülent Gökay and Darrell Whitman: “Mapping the Faultlines: A Historical Perspective on the 2008-2009 World Economic Crisis”

Dave Hill: “Culturalist and Materialist Explanations of Class and “Race”: Critical Race Theory, Equivalence/Parallelist Theory, and Marxist Theory”

Michele Frucht Levy: “‘For We Are Neither One Thing Nor The Other’: Passing for Croat in Vedrana Rudan’s Night”

Gregory Meyerson: “Post-Marxism as Compromise Formation” (Foreword by E. San Juan, Jr.)

Michael Joseph Roberto: “Crisis, Revolution, and the Meaning of Progress: The Poverty of Philosophy and its Contemporary Relevance”

Spyros Sakellaropoulos and Panagiotis Sotiris: “Peter Gowan’s Theorization of the Forms and Contradictions of US Supremacy: A Critical Assessment”

E. San Juan, Jr.: “An African American Soldier in the Philippine Revolution: An Homage to David Fagen”

Daniel F. Vukovich: “Uncivil Society, or, Orientalism and Tiananmen, 1989”

Reviews

Paul M. Heideman: Michael E. Brown, The Historiography of Communism

David Schwartzman: Eileen Christ and H. Bruce Rinker, eds., Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis

Poetry

Christopher Barnes: Selected Poems

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Discourse

DISCOURSE, POWER AND RESISTANCE CONFERENCE 2010

DISCOURSE, POWER, RESISTANCE

Annual Conference
30 March – 1 April 2010
University of Greenwich, London

The 9th conference in the ‘Discourse, Power, Resistance’ (DPR) series has moved from Manchester Metropolitan University to its new host in the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich, and will be held at the University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, between 30 March and 1 April, 2010.

The venue is part of a world heritage site laid out in the late 17th and early 18th Centuries by Sir Christopher Wren and his successors. The conference will use the King William Building and the Stephen Lawrence Building, named in honour of Stephen Lawrence, killed some four miles away from Greenwich by racists in 1993 and now a symbol in the campaign for racial and social justice.

The title of the conference is simple: Trust. The conference will look at issues of trust in the academy and beyond – in management, teaching, learning and research. The six streams of the conference are:

– Trust and Leadership in the Academy
– Trust and Panic in Education
– Research Ethics
– Trust in the Community: critical race theory
– Faith, Belief and Truth
– The Individual in a Mistrustful World

DPR 9 will look at the troubled relationships within and beyond the academy, in the UK and world-wide, where questions of trust are crucial: who can we trust, how can we know what is true, what happens when trust breaks down in the academy, in the community and internationally? What research methodology brings us an understanding deep enough to trust, and why is this methodology so often still suspected and dismissed by managers and policy-makers at all levels?

For further information and Call for Papers please contact:
Jerome Satterthwaite (jnsatterthwaite@gmail.com)

DPR journal: Power and Education : http://www.wwwords.co.uk/power/
Travel Information
Greenwich Tourist Information
Suggested hotels: 
De Vere Devonport House | Ibis Hotel London Greenwich

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION added 17th January 2010:

DPR Conference web site: http://www.gre.ac.uk/schools/education/news/dpr