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Volume 11 Number 2, 2012, ISSN 1474-9041


Jenny Ozga. Introduction. AssessingPISA

Luís Miguel Carvalho. The Fabrications and Travels of a Knowledge-Policy Instrument

Eric Mangez & Mathieu Hilgers. The Field of Knowledge and the Policy Field in Education:PISA and the production of knowledge for policy

Xavier Pons. Going beyond the ‘PISA Shock’ Discourse: an analysis of the cognitive reception ofPISA in six European countries, 2001-2008

Eszter Neumann, Adél Kiss & Ildikó Fejes, with Iván Bajomi, Eszter Berényi, Zoltán A. Biró & Júlia Vida. The Hard Work of Interpretation: the national politics of PISA reception in Hungary and Romania

Sotiria Grek. What PISA Knows and Can Do: studying the role of national actors in the making of PISA


Per-Olof Erixon, Anders Marner, Manfred Scheid, Tommy Strandberg & Hans Örtegren. School Subject Paradigms and Teaching Practice in the Screen Culture: art, music and the mother tongue (Swedish) under pressure

Ian Hardy. ‘Managing’ Managerialism: the impact of educational auditing on an academic ‘specialist’ school

Cristina Sin. Researching Research in Master’s Degrees inEurope

Anna Rytivaara. ‘We Don’t Question Whether We Can Do This’: teacher identity in two co-teachers’ narratives


Magali Ballatore. Honouring Higher Education?


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Many think the Department of Omnishambles is a recent phenomenon in Higher Education, arising from radical cuts to university budgets, rampant managerialism, and the effective redesignation of teaching academics as full-time administrators.

This is in fact not the case.


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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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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

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European Philosophy



Posted on 8 June 2010 by aletheiaticverse

The campaign to save our philosophy programmes has just won a partial but significant victory: Kingston University in south-west London announced today that it will re-establish our Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston, by employing the four senior staff in Philosophy at Middlesex (Eric Alliez, Peter Hallward, Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford). Our MA and PhD programmes (full-time and part-time) will be re-launched at Kingston this September, and all current post-graduate students will be invited to move along with the staff. Institutions in France and Germany have also made significant new proposals for collaboration with the CRMEP, which may allow it to expand the European dimensions of its work considerably in the near future.

This remarkable turn of events would never been possible without the extraordinary local and international campaign that began six weeks ago, to save our philosophy programmes.

Like Middlesex, Kingston is a post-1992 university, with a commitment to widening participation in education. Unlike Middlesex, Kingston is expanding rather than cutting back its provision in humanities subjects, and it is investing in research in these areas. In addition to taking on CRMEP staff, Kingston will be making a number of other high-level appointments over the coming months, and is launching its own London Graduate School in conjunction with colleagues from several other Universities internationally.  We believe that Kingston will provide an enthusiastic and supportive base for the activities of the CRMEP.

Although we have not won all the demands made by our campaign, the move to Kingston is a major achievement. We have found a way to keep all of our postgraduate programmes open, and to keep most of the CRMEP staff together in a single unit. We have preserved a place in London for the unique academic community that has built up around the Centre and its distinctive research interests, and this will continue to be a place where the criteria for entry and participation remain as open as possible. The campaign has directly refuted the line that Middlesex managers have repeated for many years now – a variation of the line that ‘there is no alternative’ but to follow the neoliberal way of the world, and to close down small academic departments in favour of large vocational ones. The campaign hasn’t merely proved that ‘another way is possible’: it has helped to indicate what needs to be done to make such a way a reality, and shown that there are universities in the UK and in Europe that are willing to embrace it.

We hope that the campaign will continue, evolving to become one of several contributions from a range of institutions across London and the region to a broader and deeper struggle in support of philosophy, the humanities and public education more generally. Some of the protestors who made the biggest impact in our campaign came from supportive universities such as Sussex, KCL, SOAS, Westminster and Goldsmiths. This emerging network of education activists isn’t going to disperse, and is likely to play an important role in the struggles that will soon affect the entire sector. Although the closure of Philosophy at Middlesex is yet another indication of the ongoing commercialisation of education in the UK, our campaign, along with other recent mobilisations at universities up and down the country, has helped change the balance of power across higher education. The campaign to save philosophy at Middlesex has already made a powerful intervention in the fight for public education in general and for endangered humanities programmes in particular. The future looks challenging but there is now much to build on, at Middlesex, at Kingston and across the UK.

Eric Alliez, Peter Hallward, Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford

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