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Imagining Canada’s Future: SSHRC holding regional panels

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is hosting a series of regional panels across Canada to discuss how the social sciences and humanities research community can contribute to Canada’s future.

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STRIKE BACK! DisOrientation 2012 at York University

September 19 at 10:00am until September 29 at 2:00am

DisOrientation is a radically different, politically progressive week of events that will offer all students and community members access, critical thought and insight into the exciting and political social justice spheres that exist within and beyond York U.



Please email us at for all accessibility and childcare needs!

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2013 International Labour Process Conference

On March 18-20, SMLR will host the International Labour Process (ILPC) Conference in New Brunswick, NJ.

Keynote speakers are:

– Andrew Ross, New YorkUniversity professor of social and cultural analysis

– Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and Academic Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at School of Professional Studies (SPS).

The primary focus of the International Labour Process (ILPC) Conference is work and employment relations in the context of the broader political economy, with an emphasis on employee perspectives and theory-led empirical research.

Call For Papers

To apply, please prepare an abstract of 500-700 words and follow the submission instructions on the official International Labour Process Conference Web site,

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Call for Proposals: Labor Studies Journal Special Session – Labor Confronting Austerity

UALE invites proposals on topics across the entire span of the challenges facing working people. Proposals may draw from all disciplines and take many forms, including strategic or academic reports; qualitative or quantitative analyses; teaching demonstrations; labor history research, curriculum for adults or K-12; union membership training tools; case studies; workshops; general curriculum design; strategy sessions and performances, music, art, including public art, and theater. We are interested in what workers are saying and doing as they assert such fundamental rights as the right to
bargain collectively, enjoy union representation, obtain education, and remain safe at work. We are also interested in how modern labor education helps working people assert these rights despite economic struggle, systematic inequality and challenging political climates.

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Wisconsin Judge Strikes Down Sections of Walker’s Act 10 as Unconstitutional

A Wisconsin judge has struck down as unconstitutional sections of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s controversial collective bargaining law, Act 10, at least as applied to municipal and school district employees, who are the majority of public workers in the state. Act 10 prompted months of protests after it was introduced in 2011, and inspired a hard-fought recall effort that Walker survived in June of this year.

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Activist Communique: This is not an Occupy eulogy

by Krystalline Kraus, rabble,ca

This is not a one year Occupy anniversary piece.

This is not a reflective obituary of a short-lived movement as if I were writing about a young life tragically cut short.

This is not a eulogy. 

Nor is this some cliché French statement: “Occupy is dead! Long live Occupy!”

It’s complicated…

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Labor Is Under Attack All Over the World

by David Macaray, Common Dreams

There are plenty of notable labor events occurring at the moment. And by “notable,” of course, we mean hideous and horribly depressing. Clearly, management people all over the world believe the stars are in perfect alignment and that they now have a tremendous advantage when it comes to negotiating with their workforce. Naturally, they’re looking to exploit that advantage.

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Arlene Mantle 1939-2012

She lit her candle in the wind. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of singer-songwriter and social activist Arlene Mantle (Sage), on September 10, 2012.

The trademark headband, overalls, buttons, acoustic guitar, Joplin voice and razor wit and insight will be instantly recognizable to anyone fighting for justice in the ‘80’s and 90’s in Ontario, in Canada and around the world.

A woman, a feminist, poor, lesbian, a single mother, Arlene forged her own path. She was not the same, she was a painted bird. She chose to use her magnificent talents to speak up for the causes of workers, women, immigrants and refugees, the injured, the ill, the oppressed everywhere. She sang for peace and justice and against class and race discrimination. She would stride to her stage and speak to us and for us. She would raise our spirits when we struggled. She would help us see with her insight. She would weave our words into a mighty statement and a powerful song. She changed our lives with her songs and her courage to sing them. She stood for overcoming personal adversity and standing up to greed. She leaves to us a vast collection of songs, many written in collaboration with grass roots groups. Songs of resistance, struggle and fight-back.

Our thoughts and love go to her sons, daughters, and grandchildren, who journeyed with her through all the ups and downs, and who shared her with us.

Arlene was a life-force. She will be deeply missed. Please share the news of her passing with everyone who has fought with her for change. Planning for a memorial concert is underway; details will follow.

Sing with us now. You know the tune. “One woman pushing won’t make the mountain move, two women pushing won’t make the mountain move, all women pushing will make the mountain move. Let’s move mountains together.”



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 this project, visit

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:


Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:


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Monday 22 October 2012

Venue and Host: British Library Conference Centre, London

This year, WES celebrates 25 years of publishing the best of the sociology of work and employment.  This conference reflects on key debates and looks forward to what the future might hold for the discipline and the journal. 

We warmly invite you to join us at our 25th Anniversary Event.

The event programme includes:

  • A welcome to the conference from WES Co-Editor, Irena Grugulis
  • A welcome to the British Library by Jude England, Head of Social Sciences
  • Catherine Hakim, Centre for Policy Studies, London
  • Richard Hyman, London School of Economics
  • Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina
  • Linda McDowell, University of Oxford
  • Ruth Milkman, City University of New York
  • Philip Taylor, University of Strathclyde
  • Karel Williams, ManchesterBusinessSchool



BSA Member: £95               

Non-Member: £125

BSA Concessionary Member: £45  

Non-Member Concession (Unwaged and Postgraduate Students): £60


Places for this event are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Lunch and refreshments are included. 


Visit to register and for further event details.

Join the BSA:

Enquiries to:


Kind regards,

BSA Events Team




‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: (recording) and (live)


‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (recording) and (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  


‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:  


Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

Rikowski Point:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: