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Capitorg

CAPITORG: EDUCATION AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE HUMAN IN CAPITALIST SOCIETY

This paper is my first writing, relating to my first public appearance (apart from seminars / lectures with my own students), for three years – apart from the eulogy for my father’s funeral (written on 21st February 2009).

Furthermore, Dublin was only my second trip outside the UK in 32 years; so in many respects it was something special for me. It felt a bit like the first leg of a ‘comeback’ tour!

I would like to thank the people in the Praxis & Pedagogy group at The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCam) in Dublin for inviting me (especially Glenn Loughran). They were wonderful hosts. 

The paper was completed in London at breakneck speed (during the ‘marking madness’ season) on 23rd May 2011, and was delivered to an audience at The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, in Dublin, on 25th May. It was revised on 27th May, went through further editing and proof reading on 6-7th September, and was finally posted to The Flow of Ideas on 8th September 2011.

The full reference and link to the paper is:

Rikowski, G. (2011) Capitorg: Education and the Constitution of the Human in Contemporary Society, A paper prepared for the Praxis & Pedagogy Research Seminar, The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM), Dublin, Ireland, 25th May 2011, available online at ‘The Flow of Ideas’: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Capitorg   

Note: the paper reads better if you click onto the ‘Print Friendly’ option at the end of the page.

The tremendous flyer for the event can be viewed at: http://www.gradcam.ie/glenn_rikowski.pdf

Praxis & Pedagogy

The group is convened by Glenn Loughran, artist, activist, and PhD Scholar at the NCAD and GradCAM. Other members include John Buckley (NCAD/GradCAM), Edia Connole (NCAD/GradCAM), Susan Gill (DIT/GradCAM) and Thomas McGraw-Lewis (DIT/GradCAM).

The group convenes Wednesdays bi-weekly.

For more information on joining the Praxis & Pedagogy seminar series, and/or related activities see http://www.gradcam.ie, or email the group at praxis@gradcam.ie

Praxis & Pedagogy is at: http://praxispamphlet.wordpress.com/

Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Bonuses for Some

A USER’S GUIDE TO (DEMANDING) THE IMPOSSIBLE

New booklet on art and activism…

A Users Guide to (Demanding) the Impossible: Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination

This guide is not a road map or instruction manual. It’s a match struck in the dark, a homemade multi-tool to help you carve out your own path through the ruins of the present, warmed by the stories and strategies of those who took Bertolt Brecht’s words to heart: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”

It was written in a whirlwind of three days in December 2010, between the first and second days of action by UK students against the government cuts, and intended to reflect on the possibility of new creative forms of action in the current movements.

“Art is useless, so they tell us, as soon as it truly affects the world it loses its status as art. (You never know, it might slide down the slippery slope, becoming instrumental, propaganda, or even worse craft!). The strange thing is that those who tell us this are often the same people who put art to the crudest instrumental use – the art market. Maybe what they mean is that – art is useless when it’s not ultimately used to make a profit. Perhaps it’s the same logic as that which argues that education has no use outside slotting us into the mutilated world of work and consumption. This guide is for those of us who suspect that art has other uses and who are prepared to seek them.”

PDF available freely online (http://www.minorcompositions.info/usersguide.html), and discounts for ordering multiple copies.

64 pages, A6 size (4.134 x 5.827)

To be released June 1st, 2011

Released by Minor Compositions,London /New York / Port Watson
Minor Compositions is a series of interventions & provocations drawing from autonomous politics, avant-garde aesthetics, and the revolutions of everyday life.

Minor Compositions is an imprint of Autonomedia
www.minorcompositions.info |info@minorcompositions.info

— 
Stevphen Shukaitis
Autonomedia Editorial Collective
http://www.autonomedia.org
http://www.minorcompositions.info

**END**

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Antonio Gramsci

RETHINKING GRAMSCI

Rethinking Gramsci
Edited by Marcus E. Green
New York: Routledge, 2011
ISBN: 9780415779739
Details: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415779739/

Contents

Introduction Marcus E. Green, Rethinking Marxism and Rethinking Gramsci

I. Culture and Criticism

1. Stuart Hall. Race, Culture, and Communications: Looking Backward and Forward at Cultural Studies

2. Paul Bové. Dante, Gramsci and Cultural Criticism

3. Daniel O’Connell. Bloom and Babbitt: A Gramscian View

4. Marcia Landy. Socialist Education Today: Pessimism or optimism of the intellect?

II. Hegemony, Subalternity, Common Sense

5. Derek Boothman. The Sources for Gramsci’s Concept of Hegemony

6. Marcus E. Green. Gramsci Cannot Speak: Presentations and Interpretations of Gramsci’s Concept of the Subaltern

7. Cosimo Zene. Self-consciousness of the Dalits as ‘subalterns’: Reflections on Gramsci in South Asia

8. Evan Watkins. Gramscian Politics and Capitalist Common Sense

9. Frank R. Annunziato. Gramsci’s theory of trade unionism

10. Nelson Moe. Production and Its Others, Gramsci’s ‘Sexual Question’

11. Adam David Morton. Social Forces in the Struggle over Hegemony: Neo-Gramscian Perspectives in International Political Economy

12. Richard Howson. From Ethico-Political Hegemony to Post-Marxism

III. Political Philosophy

13. Richard D. Wolff. Gramsci, Marxism and Philosophy

14. Carlos Nelson Coutinho. General Will and Democracy in Rousseau, Hegel, and Gramsci

15. Wolfgang Fritz Haug. From Marx to Gramsci, from Gramsci to Marx: Historical Materialism and the Philosophy of Praxis

16. Steven R. Mansfield. Gramsci and the Dialectic

17. Esteve Morera. Gramsci’s Critical Modernity

IV. On Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

18. David F. Ruccio. Unfinished Business: Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

19. Joseph W. Childers. Of Prison Notebooks and the Restoration of an Archive

20. Peter Ives. The Mammoth Task of Translating Gramsci

21. William V. Spanos. Cuvier’s Little Bone: Joseph Buttigieg’s English Edition of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

22. Joseph A. Buttigieg. The Prison Notebooks: Antonio Gramsci’s Work in Progress

Antonio Gramsci

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MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Paulo Freire

PRAXIS & PEDAGOGY

The Praxis and Pedagogy research/seminar group at GradCAM aim to develop an innovative programme of practice and theory that is structured by three related elements. These are the theoretical, the practical and the pedagogical.

Theory articulates models of analysis, interpretation, and conceptualization that express the general conditions of particular objects, relationships or situations. It describes the systems and structures of knowledge, power, symbolic representation and material exchange that operate within a wide range of social, political and cultural fields. Moreover, theory establishes connections between distinct discursive and conceptual fields, allowing for interdisciplinary discussions to emerge around shared ideas and issues.

Practice is the basis from which the possibility of ‘new thinking’ can develop. The notion of ‘praxis’ implies the urgency that theory expands beyond its own history, beyond the perceived understanding of its proper practice, in order to propose new models of critical reflection and change.

To establish ‘praxis’ as the core programme of the group is to prescribe the conditions of openness, uncertainty and risk. Theoretical thinking and new innovative pedagogical models will support the experimental nature of the practice. By aligning our programme with an ethos of experimentation between theory and practice in this way, the group intends to expand not only the range of objects under investigation but also the possibilities of theory itself as practice – as a form of creativity, of creative activity, responsive to developments both internal to its traditional fields, and external in areas of investigation not commonly associated with theory.

Finally, pedagogy insists on the limits of theory: on the structural barriers that condition all acts of predication and interpretation. By linking theory to practice, and practice to pedagogy, the group questions the assumptions and generalizations elaborated by theoretical projects to interrogate what remains undisclosed or unthought in their concepts and practices.

The group is convened by Glenn Loughran, artist, activist, and PhD Scholar at the NCAD and GradCAM. Other members include John Buckley (NCAD/GradCAM), Edia Connole (NCAD/GradCAM), Susan Gill (DIT/GradCAM) and Thomas McGraw-Lewis (DIT/GradCAM).

The group convenes Wednesdays bi-weekly.

For more information on joining the Praxis seminar series, and/or related activities  see http://www.gradcam.ie, or email the group at praxis@gradcam.ie

Praxis & Pedagogy is at: http://praxispamphlet.wordpress.com/

 

 

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Capitorg

CAPITORG: EDUCATION AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE HUMAN IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY – GLENN RIKOWSKI

The Praxis and Pedagogy Group of GradCAM present:

Glenn Rikowski

“Capitorg: Education and the Constitution of the Human in Contemporary Society”

Wednesday May 25th 2011

6.00 – 8.00pm

Henry Clarke Room, NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin

Our lives are increasingly constrained by the social relations that capital coordinates. The educational discourse of neoliberalism; promoting literacy for job opportunities, economic advancement, and individual success are of paramount importance to producing human capital rather than human beings. Neoliberal literacy includes training students and workers to accept “a new work discipline” and conditioning their will to maximise the accumulation of capital and wealth. As students increase their marketability, they are “always already shaped by the labyrinthine circuits of capitalist desire” (Peter McLaren and Ramin Farahmandpur, 2002)

We not just learning, teaching, and living in neoliberal capitalist societies, but are becoming “a new life-form: human-capital” through “the capitalization of humanity” (Glenn Rikowski, 2002).

Flyer for the event: http://www.gradcam.ie/glenn_rikowski.pdf

The Capitorg: http://www.ccfi.educ.ubc.ca/publication/insights/v10n02/html/kim/kim.html (Many thanks to Soowook Kim: Glenn)

Dr. Glenn Rikowski is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies in the School of Education at the University of Northampton

Now is the time to ask questions.

Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin: http://www.gradcam.ie

Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

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