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The 2nd issue of Sic (International Journal for Communisation) is out, with texts that attempt to develop new concepts and analyse recent struggles (2011-13): including Occupy Oakland, the riots in the UK and events in Greece and France.

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Not an Editorial

Woland, The Uneven Dynamics of the Era of Riots

Leon de Mattis, Communist Measures

R.S., The Conjuncture

Woland, Rise of the (Non-)Subject

R.S., The Movement Against the French Pension Reform

Rocamadur, The Feral Underclass Hits the Streets

Rust Bunny Collective, Under the Riot Gear

Research & Destroy, Limit Analysis and its Limits

Agents of Chaos, Without You, Not a Single Cog Turns


Excerpts from the non-editorial:

‘Communisation is no longer being perceived as an exotic beast, and it even tends at times to become a fashionable word. Present-day struggles highlight the end of the classical workers’ movement, together with its ambition to take the supposedly good-by-nature core of the economy away from voracious capitalist predators and run it itself. It is almost obvious that the world of our days, matter and soul alike, is the world actually produced by and for capital; that, therefore, workers and their products would have never existed as such if capital had not called them into existence in the first place; that working people’s demands have nowadays become asystemic or, in other words, a scandal akin to high treason; that proletarians are forced to defend their condition against capital but, in this struggle, actions that hurt capital are also actions that tend to call into question the proletarian condition; that communism cannot possibly be conceived as a program to be realised, but only as the historical product of proletariat’s struggle against capital and, at the same token, against its own class belonging; etc., etc. All this is reassuringly easy to show, almost worryingly so in fact.’

‘There is no linear development from present struggles to revolution, but present struggles, even through their limits and impossibilities, are the only anchor of the theory of communisation. The second issue of Sic is decisively focused on a critical appraisal of struggles of varying geographical locations and content; a discussion of communist measures may serve as a theoretical counterpoint; looking into the concept of conjuncture will deal with the necessary leap away from the internal causality chain of capital’s reproduction.’

‘Sic is an international theoretical project, not a homogeneous group. Differences of opinion are welcome and eagerly put to discussion: they should come as no surprise. However, a common ground does exist, and it does differentiate Sic from other currents. For example, a transhistorical and teleological understanding of class struggle, which turns its back on any periodisation of its content, will not be at home here; the conception of ever recurring proletarian assaults, identical to each other and with no actual history in between, belongs to those ready to interpret the possibly good one just like the others, with the only difference that it was successful instead of unsuccessful; the ‘proposal’ (whom to?) of models of society which would be ‘better’ than the existing one is none of our preoccupations; the faith in the demarcation and extension of a communist terrain, in a communist rodent diving into the capitalist cheese and gradually eating it away, is not ours.’

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Saturday, 24 August, 11.30am

Radical Manchester: Reform, Riots and Revolution

Meeting point: Cooperative  Bank, corner of Balloon Street and Corporation Street


This walk is an introduction to Manchester’s radical history and will include the Co-operative movement, the Clarion newspaper, Marx and Engels, the Siege of Manchester, the Manchester Guardian, the Jacobite risings, the radicals of the 1790s, the American Civil War and the Cotton Famine, the International Brigade, and riots in Albert Square. £6/£5

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The walks will be led by Michael Herbert who has been researching, writing and speaking about Manchester’s radical history for many years. His latest book “Up Then Brave Women; Manchester’s Radical Women 1819-1918 was published in October 2012.  In June 2013 he was filmed with Maxine Peake  and Miranda Sawyer for the BBC programme The Culture Show:



About IWCE

The Independent Working Class Education Project aims to learn the lessons of history to inform current class struggle. Inspired by the Ruskin Students strike of 1909, we organise open informed discussions and look at how interesting presentations can be used in a variety of circumstances.

We offer materials and contacts and always try to operate in a non-sectarian way; we are not committed to any particular political current.

IWCE Project hopes to:

* Respect the role of the working class in making history, and in making the future

* Seek to offer a diverse range of education materials and approaches for trade union and other working class and progressive movement groups

We want to rebuild the tradition of independent working-class education (IWCE) that used to exist across many parts of England, Scotland and Wales.

This tradition goes back to the industrial revolution and the growth of a modern working class. Attempts by the employers to use adult education to buy workers off go back almost as far.

Educational initiatives by and for workers themselves probably reached their high point in the early 1900s, with the setting-up of the Plebs’ League (1908), the ‘strike’ by students at Ruskin College (1909), and the founding of the Scottish Labour College. (1916). By the General Strike, more than 30,000 workers were studying regularly in classes run by the National Council for Labour Colleges, which took over from the Plebs League in 1921. But from 1926 onwards decline set in.

Both the Plebs’ League and the Scottish Labour College believed that activists should learn about the history of workers’ attempts to organise, about economics seen from the workers’ side, and about how to think out complex issues for yourself. They were against trusting the bosses to provide education in these areas, and they rejected attempts by the Oxford University Extension Delegacy and the Workers’ Educational Association to foster class collaboration.

Between the 1950s and 2010 the powers-that-be extended university education to wider and wider circles of people. Some of this was to do with producing scientists and technical personnel for industry but some of it, especially in the humanities and social sciences, was about trying to cream off and neutralise sections of the working class; in short, an expanded version of the strategy that goes back to 1909 and beyond.

When it came to power in 2010 the Coalition began to move decisively away from that strategy. It has abolished state funding for all university teaching other than in science, technology and maths, and raised by 300 per cent the level of fees brought in under Tony Blair. Meanwhile, the need of working-class people in general, and activists in particular, for valid education in such areas as history, economics and philosophy is greater than ever.

We can’t deal with this situation by copying what people did in the past. We need to base ourselves on the same principles as them, but also to take account of the changed situation. This includes the export of industrial production to lower wage economies overseas, and the destruction of jobs – and hence of union power bases – for example, in coalmining, steel, shipbuilding, engineering, car-making, the docks and printing – and all the demoralisation that goes with this. It also includes terrifying damage to the environment. We need urgently to redefine IWCE for the present day and the future, and rebuild it accordingly.

‘Working-class’ now must mean wage earners – and those who desperately need to become wage earners – in every field, including the service and public sectors, and many of those who are nominally self-employed, plus their dependents. ‘Education’ must mean workers helping one another to become aware of the whole truth and nothing but the truth about how things are and how they might be. And ‘independent’ must mean controlled by working people themselves. In the world today, effective working-class self-organisation demands IWCE.

Do you share this perspective? If so, we want to work with you, both to think these ideas through further and to start rebuilding valid workers’ education.

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Call for Papers

International Conference “Crisis and Mobilization since 1789” International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, February 22-24, 2013

Organized by the International Scholars’ Network “History of Societies and Socialisms” (HOSAS)/H-Socialisms Organizers of the 2nd HOSAS conference, to be held in Amsterdam in February of 2013, welcome proposals from all fields of the social sciences and humanities from around the world that consider socialism and its relation to the conference theme –Crisis and Mobilization since 1789.

The political Left—mainstream socialists above all, but also anarchists, communists, feminists, and others—has played a central role throughout modern history in giving access to democracy and its benefits to ever widening portions of society. Socialists—especially those organized in Marxist-oriented European social democratic parties—proved adept at mobilizing popular support during political, economic, and other crises to push forward agendas aiming to combat the social inequalities created by industrial capitalism, to broaden citizenly enfranchisement in order to include formerly excluded groups (for example, wage-earning workers and women), and to pursue many other reformist or revolutionary goals. Geoff Eley’s landmark study Forging Democracy (2002), is among the strongest recent arguments for the importance of the socialist Left in shaping and democratizing modern European history, particularly through its capacity for mobilizing in response to crisis. We are pleased that Eley will be present at the conference to give a key-note address and engage in a discussion of his theses.

Alongside impressive successes, resounding defeats and setbacks have characterized socialism’s record in modern Europe and around the world. But until the late 1960s, conventional socialist or social democratic parties stood at the center of this drama and self-consciously led the European Left, while more revolutionary variants held sway in the “developing” world. Since the late 1960s, however, the socialist Left has declined in influence due to the rise of identity and one-issue movements (for example, feminist and environmentalist movements), the changing geographies and modalities of the global economy and labor, the concomitant weakening of trade unions that had constituted socialism’s traditional base of support in many countries, the final discrediting and collapse of Soviet-style “real existing socialism” in Eastern Europe, the growing power of neo-liberalism as the ideology of the political mainstream, and other structural and contingent changes. These developments have challenged conventional socialist politics’ claims to leadership of the political Left and have led many to question socialism’s very relevance.

Since the 2008 onset of the current economic crisis, critiques of capitalism—many of them invoking Marx and/or the socialist mobilizations of previous eras—have re-entered mainstream political debates in Europe and around the world. Scholarly discussions about this legacy and its contemporary relevance have also profited from a surge in interest. Not least, socialist parties have won some significant electoral contests, as they recently did in France. Yet in many places, conventional socialist or Leftist political parties still remain on the defensive and some of the most recent popular mobilizations that challenge the political and economic status quo (for instance, the Occupy Movement) generally reject alliances or identification with established socialist politics.

In this climate, we think it timely to consider the historical trajectory of socialism—in all its diverse forms—through crisis and mobilization. We understand crisis in the broadest sense of the word, encompassing not just economic downturns, but also political, social, cultural, and environmental crises as well as war, famine, natural disasters, and other disruptions. Crises vary in scale too, from the global or continental level down to the local. By bringing together scholars from multiple disciplines who specialize in various time periods and places across the globe, and by opening broad temporal, comparative, and transnational vistas, we hope to update and enrich the scholarly conversation about socialism(s).

Among the core questions that we aim to address are:

– How have socialist politics developed historically as a response to crisis, broadly defined, and through mobilization?

– Why have certain people and movements in history self-identified as “socialist,” and which theories and concepts have they drawn on?

– How and what did these people and movements learn from their activist experiences, and what are the memories and legacies of mass mobilization in times of crisis?

– What lessons – if any – do present-day activists and movements draw from the past, and how are various memories and myths appropriate to current debates and actions?

– To what extent have socialist mobilizations that respond to crisis displayed unique characteristics in the non-European/western or developing world?

– What have socialist mobilizations accomplished (or not accomplished) in attempting to redefine the relationships between the state and society and between society and capitalism?

– How has the recent economic crisis contributed to, or changed, socialist politics as well as our understanding of socialism as an aspect of European or global modernity?

– How have socialists (of any sort) stood in relation to other Leftist political groupings and/or non-Leftists in responding to crisis, both historically and today?

– To what extent does “socialism” remain a useful category for animating/galvanizing or studying mobilizations of a certain kind?

In addition to papers that address one or more of these questions, we invite papers or panels dealing with any of the following broad thematic areas in any part of the world that have relevance to the central conference theme:

I. Capitalism in Crisis: Experiences, diagnoses and solutions, past and present

II. Riots, Revolts & Revolutions: Violent reactions, street activisms, and their outcomes

III. Parties & Movements: Organisations, networks, and institutions

IV. Ideas & Programs: Analyses, ideologies, and remedies

V. Rebels & Leaders: Who is in charge, why and how?

VI. Elites & Masses: Interests, alliances, and encounters

We invite both junior and senior scholars to present results of research, works-in-progress, or polished papers concerning these issues and others related to the general workshop theme. We are interested in receiving individual paper proposals and proposals for panel sessions. The organizers will consider publishing some of the contributions following the conference. Conference presentations will be 15 minutes in length.

Please email your proposal (250-300 words) along with a brief (100 words max.) academic bio,

to H-SOCIALISMS@H-NET.MSU.EDU by September 30, 2012.

Keynote speaker:

Geoff Eley (University of Michigan): Forging Democracy: On the history of the “Left”, 1850-2000

The organizers are:

Giovanni Bernardini, German-Italian Historical Institute – FBK, Trento, Italy

Christina Morina, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany

Jakub S. Beneš, University of California, Davis, USA

Kasper Braskén, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

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Werner Bonefeld


June 15-16, 2012
University of Sussex, Brighton

Keynote Speakers:
Werner Bonefeld (York)
Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)

While governments around the world have initiated austerity measures on a grand scale and have even been ousted in favour of technocratic administrations, pockets of sustained resistance continue to manifest themselves. Whether it is the populist Occupy movement, ultra-left theorists of Communisation, anti-cuts protesters, or even the rioters who took to the streets of London and beyond, the struggle against the apparent status quo continues. When taken in the light of the Arab Spring, questions must be asked in regards to the relationship between resistance and revolution. These movements managed to turn a tide of resistance into a force for revolution. Is this a paradigm-shift in the way this relationship must be thought?

Alongside these movements and despite the optimism generated by them, the power of the governments to crush, de-legitimise, and ignore opposition appears to remain. Some critics blame a lack of coherent message and agenda; others say that the forces of opposition are not dealing with the reality of the situation. This critique, however, does not have the last word. These forms of resistance, in their many guises, challenge the state’s belief that it has a monopoly on reality. They challenge the very legitimacy of the state to disseminate the status quo and, therefore, represent a radical alternative even if they do not, or cannot, dictate what the alternative may be. What role do the concepts of power and resistance play in our analysis of the current situation? Do they require a reassessment or does the contemporary conjuncture simply represent a reassertion of the same old forces in a different guise?

Power is one of the core concepts of social and political thought. Yet there is plenty of disagreement about what is, how it functions and how it should be contested. Our present conjuncture is witnessing many different manifestations of power and resistance. However, there is a lack of serious theoretical engagement with the current situation. We are seeking papers that engage theoretically with the current situation, and which emphasise the central roles of the concepts of power and resistance. Possible theoretical frameworks include, but are not limited to, theories of biopolitics, instrumental reason, critical theory, post-colonialism, discourse and democratic theory, structuralism and post-structuralism, recognition, soft-power, hegemony, world-systems, sovereignty, legality, and legitimacy.


Day 1: June 15, 2012 (All talks unless otherwise noted will be held in Fulton 107)

9-10 – Registration

10-1045 – Gianandrea Manfredi (Sussex), Understanding the structural form of resistance and the processes by which resistant social spaces are negated

1045-1130 – Jeffery Nicholas (Providence College/CASEP London Metropolitan University), Reason, Resistance and Revolution: Occupy’s Nascent Democratic Practice

1130-1215 – Svenja Bromberg (Goldsmiths), A critique of Badiou’s and Ranciere’s notion of emancipation

1215-1315 – Lunch

1315-1400 – Khafiz Tapdygovich Kerimov (American University in Bulgaria), From Epistemic Violence to Respecting the Differend: The Fate of Eurocentrism in the Discourse of Human Sciences

1400-1445 – Marta Resmini (KU Leuven), Participation as Surveillance? Counter-democracy versus Governmentality

1445-1515 – Coffee Break

1515-1600 – Alastair Gray (Sussex), Activity Without Purpose: Parrhesia, The Unsayable and The Riots

1600-1645 – Zoe Sutherland (Sussex) & Rob Lucas (Independent Researcher) – A Theory of Current Struggles

1645-1700 – Coffee Break

1700-1900 – Keynote: Werner Bonefeld (York) (Fulton Lecture Theatre A)

Day 2: June 16, 2012 (All talks unless otherwise noted will be held in Fulton 102)

1045-1145 – Registration

1145-1230 – Sarit Larry (Boston College), The Status of Vagueness: Mythical Events and the Israeli Social Justice Movement

1230-1315 – Mehmet Erol (York), Bringing Class Back In: The case of Tekel Resistance in Turkey

1315-1430 – Lunch

1430-1515 – Torsten Menge (Georgetown Univesity), A deflationary conception of social power

1515-1600 – Sarah Burton (University of Cambridge), Reimagining Resistance: misrule and the place of the fantastic in John Holloway’s anti-power

1600-1645 – Jorge Ollero Perán & Fernando Garcia-Quero (University of Granada), Can ethics be conceived as an economic institution? An interdisciplinary approach to the critique of neoliberal ethics

1645-1700 – Coffee Break

1700-1900 – Keynote: Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths) (Arts A1)

Please email to register and check for more information. There will be a £15 conference fee (£7.50 for one-day) payable in cash on the day to help cover expenses.




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Oppositions: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

28th and 29th September 2012 

University of Salford 

This conference seeks to explore ideas of opposition through the full range of disciplines in the arts, media, and social sciences. In the context of the current crisis of capitalism, there are many examples of the forms ‘opposition’ can take: the Tea Party in the United States, the rise of fascist groups, campaigns run via new technologies and social media, religious fundamentalisms, and general strikes in Greece. Though it carries radical overtones, ‘opposition’ in itself is not tied to any particular dogma, left or right. 

We invite papers that explore the value and values of opposition as a position to be adopted by individuals or groups. We welcome proposals for papers from postgraduates that engage with any aspect of opposition. 

These could include, but are by no means limited to: the ‘culture industry’ and alternative youth cultures; opposition parties within parliamentary politics; grass-roots activism; the history and future of the labour movement; hegemony; Foucauldian ‘resistance’ and its limits; radical pedagogies and the role of the University; community and class; the aesthetic value of non-mainstream or outsider art; aesthetic oppositions such as contrapuntal music or bricolage; and the formation of creole or pidgin languages. 

Papers are welcome from fields such as politics, literature, philosophy, anthropology, religions and theology, geography, sociology, history, classics, translation studies, linguistics and social linguistics, visual and screen studies, new media and communication studies, and the performing arts. Interdisciplinary papers are very welcome. Keynote speakers TBC. 

Abstracts of 250 words are invited for presentations of 20 minutes. Proposals for performances, screenings etc. are also accepted. The conference intends to publish an edited volume of the best papers presented.

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Protest Against Austerity


The Department of European and International Studies at King’s College London is pleased to announce a call for papers for their third annual postgraduate conference: 

Movements, networks, protests: new agendas for society and politics

From the Arab Spring to Occupy, environmentalists and feminists, immigrants and students, the importance of social movements, protests, revolutions and riots in today’s world is undeniable. They have raised core questions regarding democracy, power, equality and the relationship between citizens, the state and the global economy, whilst social movement studies have expanded in academia, providing fruitful theoretical and analytical perspectives for the study of social networks, opportunity structures, collective identities, globalisation and transnationalism. 

Our conference will explore the importance of movements for social relations, political policymaking and academic research. Empirical studies as well as critical theoretical papers are welcomed on topics including, but not limited to: 

–  Protest repertoires, means and tools: contemporary social movements between peaceful “acampadas”, riots and revolutions 

–  Citizenship from below? Approaches to democracy and participation beyond the state 

–  Insiders and outsiders: the representation, rights and recognition of immigrants and minorities 

–  Explaining the success or failure of social protest 

–  Social, economic and political relations from the global to the local 

–  The impact of the internet and social networks on political participation 

–  The aesthetics of protest 

–  Leaders or followers? Hierarchies and power relations 

–  Transnational networks and movements beyond borders 

We encourage postgraduate researchers from across the social sciences and humanities to apply in order to establish an open and critical space for analysis and discussion. Presentations will be of 20 minutes with discussion and debate from the audience. 

Date: 8th June 2012 

Venue: King’s College London, Strand Campus 

Abstracts of 250 words, with name, contact details and institutional affiliation should be sent to Julia at  before the 22nd of April 2012. Speakers will be contacted subsequently. 

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Wednesday 14th March 6-8pm
Fogg Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London

A roundtable discussion, with audience participation, between:

·         Stafford Scott (Tottenham Defence Campaign)
·         Denise Ferreira da Silva (Queen Mary)
·         Devon Thomas (Brixton ’81 Retrospective Group)
·         Mark Thompson (Cultural Chameleon Press)

Other speakers TBA

The shooting of unarmed Mark Duggan by police and their subsequent conduct towards the affected family and wider community in Tottenham were the flashpoints that sparked the August unrests of 2011. Join us for a discussion on the links between the recession, racism and the riots. Questions discussed will include:

·         How are austerity measures impacting upon Black communities in particular?

·         Are these measures exacerbating institutional racism?

·         What has changed and what has stayed the same between 1981 and 2011?

·         What positive visions are available to an increasingly embattled and excluded youth? And how might art serve social justice?

This event is being organised by the Centre for the Study of Global Development in association with the Centre for Ethics and Politics (CfEP).

Date: Wednesday 14 March
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: G.E. Fogg Lecture Theatre, G.E. Fogg Building, Queen Mary, Mile 
End Road, London
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Call for Papers

Here are the details: Taking up Space Cultural Studies Postgraduate Event 25th – 26th June 2012, Goldsmiths College, University of London 

This is a one / two day conference exploring the meaning and understanding of space in its physical manifestations as well as in its discursive forms; through which identity, meaning, value and authority can be mapped in particular ways.

We cannot avoid space. It is inevitable. The ways in which we understand ourselves, others and the world around us implies some notion of space. Our sense of self and society is worked through and is contained in space: culture does not only take place, but also creates it “making symbolic use of its objects” (Lefebvre).

To what degree does our conception of space change when we understand ourselves as self-enclosed or permeable beings? Can art and performance therefore mediate the relationship between the self, objects and environment? “The activities of travel, journey and navigation fabricate the social world as well as reveal it” (Caroline Knowles).

The space of the streets has become the site of dis-order and territory has become a prime issue for understanding contemporary social tensions. The recent riots in the UK brought into the forefront questions such as who owns space, how we can use this as a place for resistance and what notions of space are currently active in shaping and operating the socially constructed body. The possession of a categorized space can be considered in line with homelessness as a dislocation of the public and private, attesting to the multi-dimensionality of space and both the potentials and restrictions embodied in it.

The upcoming Olympics also signify the difficulties facing spaces contesting belonging and struggle. Questions of locality and identity are important, inciting questions of nationalism and tourism, paramount to the formation of cultural identity. In turn, the Occupy movement and one year anniversary ofTahrir Squarereinstates the need to define sacred and everyday space and the potentials in multiple usages of place. This conference will ask how can we negotiate the historicisation of memory? The aim of this conference is to rethink how space is interacted with and reconfigured in different mediums as a site for action as well as containment. If we cannot avoid space how can this be used to further an understanding of self or curtail ideas of autonomy? How are we embodied by space and embodying it at the same time? In what ways can space be used as a site for artistic and political development and how does the contemporary world and being become through the spatial? We welcome proposals for papers, discussions, short film, dance, performances, workshops and other engagements and activities engaging among others with the different ways of being in space.

Topics, experiences, understandings and possibilities might include but are not restricted to: • Temporality and embodiment • Knowledge and materiality • Interaction between objects and self • Memory/ history/ time • Bodies and public and private • Restrictions and exclusions • Performance / realm of aesthetics • Identity/ territory / alienation • Subversive potential – resistance / containment 

Abstracts/ proposals of 300-500 words should be sent to by 15th March 2012. 

Program will be confirmed mid-April. 


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‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski:

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London Socialist Historians Group conference
Saturday 25th February 2012
Midday-5pm, Room 350
Institute of Historical Research
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1

The British riots of summer 2011 were a powerful reminder that rioting is still on the agenda even in one of the centres of market capitalism. Rioting has a long history and historical context. While authorities have tended to use the language of criminality historians have often taken a different view.

The papers at this conference – the first to look at the history of riots since the events of 2011, and the broader sweep from the Arab Spring to the Occupy movements of that year – are based on original research into a range of aspects of the riot in history.

From Revolution to New Unionism; the impact of Bloody Sunday on the development of John Burns’s politics
Riots around the Scottish Union negotiations in 1706 and the Global South today
Memorial Day Massacre, a Chicago Police Riot

Entry is £10 [£5 unwaged] We ask people to donate in advance, if possible, to speed registration on the day.

Cheques, payable to ‘ Keith Flett’, to 38 Mitchley Rd London N17 9HG
Inquiries to: or call 07803 167266



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Marxism and Culture


Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics
University of Brighton, UK

7th International Interdisciplinary Conference
Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th September 2012

Call for Papers

It is very rare for societies or institutions to change unless they are confronted by specific forms of resistance. This conference investigates those moments of historical change when existing orders are put into question. In particular, it seeks to challenge us to rethink ways in which we might understand resistance and asks us to read the past in order to inform the present through a focus on riot, revolt and revolution, and on the interplay between them.

Papers which address these themes from any discipline are welcome.

Suggested topics might include:

Modernism and post-modernism in the arts
What is revolution?
The French Revolution
20th-century revolutions
The neo-liberal revolution
Occupy Wall Street
Resistance today
Civil War
The politics of riot
Ethics of revolt
Resistance to change
Burke or Kant?
The limits of reform
Challenges to capitalism
Neo-liberal economics
Financial crisis: a real opportunity?
Postcolonial politics
Discourses of Resistance
Languages of Resistance

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to people working in, among other areas, philosophy, political theory, politics, sociology, international relations, cultural studies, the arts, history, government and law.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed by 6th January 2012, at the latest, to Nicola Clewer,

The conference fee is £210. This includes refreshments, lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a buffet dinner on the Thursday evening.

There are a limited number of places available for graduate students and for people who have no institutional affiliation at the reduced price of £105. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for one of these places when sending your abstract; or contact Nicola Clewer at as soon as possible.

Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation and, unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel grants or other forms of financial assistance. A limited amount of reasonably priced student halls of residence accommodation is available on a first come first served basis.

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UALL Widening Participation and Social Inclusion Network

Convenor: Annette Hayton, Head of Widening Participation, Goldsmiths, University of London

SRHE: Access and Widening Participation Network

Convenor: Penny-Jane Burke, Roehampton University

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

Date: Thursday 16th November 2011

From 9.30 am- 4pm (lunch included)

The Ethics of Widening Participation Seminar Series

An Ethical Approach to Management and Governance in Higher Education Professor Peter Scott, Institute of Education, University of London +++++ ‘The presentation will consider the ethical dimensions of management and governance – including the ‘information’ challenges posed by league tables, freedom of information, student satisfaction scores and now the key information sets (KIS) thatall English higher education institutions will be obliged to provide following the White Paper, and the tensions between these external challenges and more traditional responsibilities towards collegiality and community. In particular the presentation will discuss the difficult transition from a regime based on ‘public’ values (and characterised by – relatively – low fees, rapid student growth and a commitment to widening access) to a regime grounded in ‘market’ values (and characterised by much higher fees, slower – or reverse – growth and much higher levels of competition) – and its implications for lifelong learning’

Interrogating participation: student experiences and pedagogical practices, Professor  Penny Jane Burke, Roehampton University +++++ This presentation will explore students’ experiences in relation to pedagogical practices to consider the ethical issues this raises for widening participation (WP). Key issues that will be explored include the ways different pedagogical practices and relations might be experienced as exclusive, the different pedagogical practices that HE teachers draw on in relation to WP, and the ways that pedagogies might (or might not) support the processes of being constituted as a legitimate student-subject in higher education. The presentation will draw on data from a qualitative project funded by the Higher Education Academy to explore these issues.

Curriculum, Employability and Knowledge: What makes a good degree? Annette Hayton,  Goldsmiths, University of London +++++ Developing employability skills in students is increasingly seen as an important aspect of higher education and, in order to help students to choose their degree course, Universities will have to provide information about the employment of their graduates. On the surface this can seem very rational but the job prospects of young people are not wholly defined by their qualifications or talents. A ‘useful’ vocational  degree often has less status and value in the market place than a traditional subject such as History taken at a prestigious university. This session will explore how the value placed on a degree is framed and shaped by existing cultural and economic inequalities.

Riots, Resistance and Rhetoric: the implications for higher education Professor Les Back, Goldsmiths, University of London +++++ The seeds of the current crisis in universities had a long gestation period, emerging from a sequence of transitions that have transformed the nature of higher education. It now appears to be morphing into the neo-liberal university of commerce where knowledge is valuable only if it has a marketable exchange value or the potential for policy relevance.  The contradictions inherent in this approach are brought into sharp focus when we consider the humanities. As a teacher I have been thinking about this a lot and wondering, ‘What is the promise of sociology for new graduates?’ Perhaps it is to provide ways of understanding what is before them and imagining ways to act in a society full of moral complexity. This approach might provide a way of understanding the urban unrest this summer and show that it is not unrelated to a schism in opportunities that is opening up amongst the young in the UK, including access to higher education.

Black and Minority Ethnic Students Negotiating White ‘norms’, Managing Exclusion: Ethical Challenges in Higher Education Professor Gill Crozier, Roehampton University +++++ According to some research Minority Ethnic students are proportionately over represented in the Higher Education sector. However, this broad statement masks which specific Minority Ethnic students these are and also which universities and which subjects they attend/study. In any case universities in Britain continue to be White and middle class dominated institutions.  In this paper I draw on some empirical research to look at the processes involved in negotiating White norms and values.  I will draw on Critical Race Theory, Critical Race Feminism and Bourdieu’s concept of symbolic violence to analyse the ethical imperatives that universities need to address in developing and transforming themselves into more egalitarian and equitable  places of learning.

Speakers Biographies

Peter Scott is Professor of Higher Education Studies at the Institute of Education University of London and also Chair of the Council of the University of Gloucestershire. At the end of last year he stood down as Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University after 13 years in post. Previously he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Education at the University of Leeds, and Editor of ‘The Times Higher Education Supplement’ from 1976 until 1992. He was a member of the board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England from 2000 until 2006, and Chair of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning from 2002 until 2009.

Penny Jane Burke is Professor of Education at Roehampton University, London, where she is Director of the Centre for Educational Research in Equalities, Policy and Pedagogy (CEREPP) and Founding Director of the London Paulo Freire Institute (LPFI). Dedicated to the development of methodological and pedagogical frameworks that support critical levels of understanding of equity and social justice in higher education, her current and recent research includes: ‘Formations of Higher Education Pedagogies’ (HEA-funded); ‘Transitions to Masters Level Study’ (HEA-funded); ‘Educational Access for All’ (EU-funded); ‘Men Returning to Study’ (ESRC-funded) and ‘Art for a Few: Exclusions and Misrecognitions in HE Admissions’ (NALN-funded). Penny is the Access and Widening Participation Network Leader for the SRHE. Her publications include Accessing Education effectively widening participation (Burke, 2002, Trentham Books) and Reconceptualising Lifelong Learning: Feminist Interventions (Burke and Jackson, 2007, Routledge), which was nominated for the 2008 Cyril O. Houle World Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education. Her book The Right to Higher Education: Beyond Widening Participation (Burke, Routledge) will be published in March 2012.

Annette Hayton is Head of Widening Participation at Goldsmiths, University of London and manages a range of activities designed to support successful progression to higher education. Before joining Goldsmiths she managed the London Region Post-Network at the Institute of Education and is currently convenor of the UALL Widening Participation and Social Inclusion Network.Annette is interested in how educational theory can be developed and applied in practice to promote positive change within the education system, aiming to  combine theory and practice in her work. She has produced two edited collection for Kogan Page Tackling Disaffection and Social Exclusion: Issues for Education Policy in 1999 and, with Anna Paczuska, Access, Participation and Higher Education in 2002.

Les Back is a Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.His main fields of interest are the sociology of racism, popular culture and city life. His work attempts to create a sensuous or live sociology committed to searching for new modes of sociological writing and representation. This approach is outlined in his most recent book The Art of Listening (Berg 2007). He also writes journalism and has made documentary films. He is the coordinator of the ESRC funded Live Sociology programme which offers training in the use of multi-media in qualitative research as part of Researcher Development Initiative.  His books include: Auditory Cultures Reader with Michael Bull Berg (2003), Out of Witnesses with Vron Ware, University of Chicago (2002); The Changing Face of Football: Racism and Multiculture in the English Soccer, with Tim Crabbe and John Solomos (Berg 2001);New Ethnicities and Urban Culture: Racisms and Multiculture in Young Lives (University College Press, 1996);Race Politics and Social Change, with John Solomos (Routledge, 1995); His latest work onthe ethics of scholarship and teaching has been made available as a multi-media ebook entitled The Academic Diary (2011)

Gill Crozier is Professor of Education in the School of Education, Roehampton University, London.  She is a sociologist of education and has researched and written extensively on ‘race’ and education and its intersection with social class and gender. Specific areas of her work include: issues relating to parents and schools, young people, and higher education. She is also concerned with education policy, and the socio-cultural influences upon identity formation and learner experiences.  Her ESRC funded studies include: The Socio-Cultural and Learning Experiences of Working Class Students in Higher Education;  Identities, Educational Choices and the White Urban Middle Classes project;  Parents, Children and the School Experience: Asian Families’ Perspectives. Her books include: Parents and Schools: Partners or Protagonists? (2000) Trentham Books; Widening Participation Through Improving Learning. (2009) (Edited by M. David) Routledge ; White Middle Class Identities and Urban Schooling (2011) with D.Reay & D.James. Palgrave


Event booking details

To reserve a place at this seminar please register at or telephone +44 (0) 207 4472525.  SRHE events are open to all and free to SRHE members as part of their membership package. The delegate fee for non-members is £25 [full time students £20]. Non-members wishing to join the Society may do so at the time of registration and the delegate fee will be waived. Please note that places must be booked in advance and that a £25 for non-attendance will  be charged if a place has been reserved but no notice of cancellation/non-attendance has been given in advance.

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Time for sociology to make its biggest impact yet!

We’re all trying to come to terms with cuts, riots, and all the wider consequences. There’s a lot of opinion out there. But how much substance is there to the debate? The 2012 annual conference promises to be dynamic, fiery, informative, and is definitely not to be missed.

Our themes this year are deliberately broad and all-encompassing, designed to appeal to the entire spectrum of sociologists and stimulate lively debate. We’re assessing the impact of austerity on law, families, education, healthcare, research, and much more. As an academic, a researcher, or a teacher, you are at the heart of the discipline. Your voice is important. Join the finest scholars from across the globe to lead the debate. Policy makers are coming to hear what you – the people with real experience – have to say.

It’s time for sociology to make a defining impact. It’s time for the public to know how important our work is. Help to shape the future of the world around you this year.

We’re now accepting abstracts for this year’s conference, so please take this opportunity to get in touch and contribute to the debate – we’re interested in all angles, all ideas, every argument.

To find out more about the conference, or to submit an extract, please visit our website:

The talk may be about austerity, but there’s no limit on thought. We want to show how progress is made. Come and have your say, or just listen to what’s being said, at this year’s conference. It promises to be yet another spectacular meeting of minds that stands to offer something for everyone involved – wherever they stand in the debate.


11-13 April 2012
BSA Annual Conference:  Sociology in an Age of Austerity
University of Leeds

Submission deadline: 7 October 2011




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