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London, 6-7 May, 2014

Venue: Woburn Suite (G22/26, Ground Floor), Institute of Philosophy, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


Invited Speakers:

Prof. Dr Axel Honneth
Institute for Social Research/University of Frankfurt/Columbia University

Prof. Lois McNay
Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

Dr David McNeill
School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex

Dr Jörg Schaub
School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex

Dr Timo Jütten
School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex

Prof. Michael Rosen
Department of Government, Harvard University



This event is jointly organised and funded by the Department of Philosophy, The Open University, the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, and the School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex.

Full programme details and venue directions.

The symposium is free but requires registration.

To register, please email your name and affiliation to

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**Coming soon from Bookmarks Publications***

Marikana: A View from the Mountain and a Case to Answer

Peter Alexander, Thapelo Lekowa, Botsang Mmope, Luke Sinwell and Bongani Xezwi

978 1 909026 25 4

£7.99, out in January 2013

On 16 August 2012 near Marikana, South Africa, striking miners from the Lonmin company were fired on by police, resulting in 34 deaths. The heart of this book is a series of interviews with strikers, most of them recorded on “the mountain” close to where their comrades were killed. Also includes a narrative and analysis by Peter Alexander of the University of Johannesburg.

“The book provides a bottom-up account of the Marikana story, to correct an imbalance in many official and media accounts that privilege the viewpoints of governments and business, at the expense of workers.” Professor Jane Duncan, chair of Media and Information Studies at Rhodes University

“Well written, extremely scrupulous in its research and forceful in its argument.” Professor John Saul, Canadian political scientist, one of the world’s top experts on liberation struggle in Southern Africa


***Out now from Redwords***


Poems of Protest by William Morris

with an introduction by Michael Rosen

978 1 909026 05 6


Though most know him for his design work, William Morris was also an accomplished writer whose poetry was used as songs and chants for the socialist movement. This volume includes work that has not been published since first appearing as propaganda in The Commonweal, the paper of Morris’s Socialist League. Michael Rosen argues that his socialist poetry was part of a long tradition of protest writing and a signpost for future struggles.

Also included are “How I Became a Socialist” by William Morris and an afterword, “The Communist Poet-Laureate” by the Morris scholar Nicholas Salmon.


Crossing the ‘river of fire’: the socialism of William Morris

by Hassan Mahamdallie

978 1 909026 04 9


The ravages of industrial capitalism, imperialism and war, the destruction of the environment and above all, the enslavement of human labour to the machine, appalled William Morris. Hassan Mahamdallie shows that the socialism of Morris grew out of his view of the past and his hatred for a system of “shoddy” production and that during the last decades of his life he threw all his energy into the struggle to change the world.


Shostakovich: Socialism, Stalin & Symphonies

by Simon Behrman



His struggle to maintain artistic integrity as the Russian Revolution was replaced by a cruel dictatorship made Shostakovich a  tragic figure, but also a hero to his contemporaries, fellow musicians and audience. This book describes the importance of Shostakovich in transcending the artificial divide between popular and classical music. 


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Campaign update Wednesday 26 May 2010 (

1. John Protevi and Todd May have posted a petition calling for an international academic boycott of Middlesex University, Several hundred well-placed people have already signed it, in the space of a few hours. Please spread the word about this, far & wide.

2. The poet Michael Rosen renounced his visiting professor at Middlesex today. He explained that “On account of the action of Middlesex University over the Philosophy Department, I would like to inform Professor Ahmad that I would like to renounce my visiting professorship. I do not wish to be a visiting professor at Middlesex University. Best wishes, Michael Rosen.”

3. This morning, professors Osborne and Hallward were denied managerial permission to attend an emergency meeting of their union, the UCU, scheduled for Friday 28 May. They were also denied permission to attend the UCU annual general meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, and a meeting of the University’s self-constituted Professors Group.

4. Collective pressure to greylist i.e. boycott Middlesex University is growing rapidly. The external examiners for the Middlesex Philosophy department have already announced their refusal to collaborate with next month’s assessment boards, and colleagues in other departments may soon follow suit. A boycott by external examiners will have a significant and immediate impact on the University.

5. Last Friday Middlesex management told the four suspended students that their hearings would take place this Friday 28 May at the Hendon campus. Fiona Fall, who will preside over the hearings, suddenly decided this morning that it would be ‘better for the students’ to hold the meeting at Trent Park instead, since it is their ‘home campus.’ The four students explained that they would nonetheless prefer for the hearing to go ahead at Hendon as originally planned. But Fiona Fall has made up her mind. ‘As my understanding is that a rally of support is being organised at Hendon,’ she told one of the students, ‘I have decided that Trent Park continues to be the best most calm place to hold the hearings for both students and the panel.’

5. Confirmed speakers for the rally at Hendon on Thursday 27 May from 4pm include Alex Callinicos (KCL), Richard George (Campaign for Better Transport; Plane Stupid), Paul Gilroy (LSE), Nina Power (Roehampton), Jim Wolfreys (UCU), among others. Please circulate the rally announcement and flyer ( to everyone who might be sympathetic.

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Education Crisis


Join the teach-in to build the resistance!

King’s College London, 27th February, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Hosted by: King’s UCU, The No Cuts @ King’s Campaign, and the London Education Activists Network

Education is under attack. Up to a third of university funding – £2.5bn – is to be cut, 30 universities could shut down and over 14,000 lecturers may lose their jobs.

Big businesses exert more and more control over the university system. Cuts in student places and higher fees could exclude many people from higher education altogether.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Education workers are lobbying for strike action, following the victory at Tower Hamlets College. Students are protesting across Europe, organising occupations to stop neoliberal reforms – and taking control of campuses for another kind of education.

This February we will be hosting a day of alternative lectures and tutorials in King’s College London to bring together staff and students to celebrate what education could be – and to prepare for the battles ahead.

Initial line up includes:

Terry Eagleton: literary critic

Michael Rosen: poet, children’s author and education campaigner

Alex Callinicos: lecturer and radical theorist

Juan Carlos Piedra: Justice For Cleaners

Activists from Ireland and Austria

Education workers who have led successful strikes

Voices from students and campaigns around the country

(Other speakers – to be announced)

Alternative Lectures and Tutorials include:

*The crisis in our universities and the battle for education

* Education for liberation – what could our education look like?

* The corporate takeover of our universities

* How do we fight for free education?

* Building fighting unions

* Education for all – challenging Islamophobia, racism and the points based immigration system

* The tasks ahead – building resistance that can win

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Radical Pedagogy

Radical Pedagogy



Saturday 14 November, 11am – 4pm

Taking place at Haverstock School, 24 Haverstock Hill, NW3 2BQ (opposite Chalk Farm tube)

Speakers include: Michael Rosen (former children’s laureate), Steven Rose (Director of the Brain and Behaviour Group, Open University), Alan Gibbons (children’s author), Ken Jones (Professor of Education, Keele University), Meg Maguire (Professor of Education, King’s College London), Kevin Courtney NUT executive, Jan Hoby (Danish Nursery Teachers Union), Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley, John Yandell (Institute of Education).

Organised by the Socialist Teachers Alliance

A conference on what education should be for education

Workshops include: What is Assessment for Learning? L What do we mean by anti-racist education? | Can there be a radical pedagogy in Physical Education? | Vygotsky and theories of learning l What sort of curriculum do we need? | What should maths education look and feel like? | Teaching about conflict- Palestine a case study

TICKETS: £10 (waged) £5 concessions (includes Beginning Teachers)

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