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Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

MARXISM AND EDUCATION: RENEWING DIALOGUES – (MERD) SERIES

SEMINAR 18

Neoliberalism in Crisis? Current Educational Issues and Responses

Wednesday January 22nd 2014, 10–4pm

University of East London, Stratford Campus

CASS School of Education, ED2.04

Convenors: Tony Green and Alpesh Maisuria

10.00-10.15: Registration and Introduction

10.15-11.20:

Nick GrantMichael Gove: Doing The Right Thing: Is Michael Gove mad or bad?

He is certainly despised as Secretary of State by most of those public servants delivering state education. But is this simply because his policies do not fit empirically with what professionals know works in practice? Is Gove simply mad, blind to what he is doing to children and adults in schools, colleges and universities? If so does he simply need a reality check classroom job-swap for a period?

Alternatively, is Gove forcing through a wholesale attack on education for reasons which are consistent with a hostile free-market politics, and which are deliberately painful for professionals. Is Gove doing the right thing for his class interests?

This presentation will elaborate on why and how Gove represents an unavoidable systemic challenge, and some thoughts on how best to respond.

11.20-12.25:

Stephen BallPhilanthropy, Education Policy and Democratic Deficit

The paper will draw on research which focuses on the participation of philanthropic and business organisations in new arenas of education policy. It will argue that policy is increasing opaque, unaccountable and elusive new actors use there financial and moral resources to ‘make’ policy in new ‘globalising microspaces’. This involves shifts in the methods of policy – what Bill Gates calls ‘social capitalism’ – and changes in the form and modalities of the State.

12.25-1.30: Lunch Break

1.30-2.35:

Tristan McCowanAlternative universities in Latin America: is radical higher education possible within the mainstream system?

In recent years a number of experimental university courses and institutions have been established in Latin America. These experiences have aimed to address the injustices of access to higher education, but also to transform conceptions of knowledge and engage more strongly with local communities and social movements. The Landless Movement in Brazil, for example, has established its own teacher education programmes and a variety of other HE courses in partnership with public universities, and since 2008 the Brazilian Federal Government itself has established four alternative universities. These institutions, however, operate within the mainstream system and are thereby constrained by dominant forms of institutional structure and accreditation. On the other hand, other initiatives – such as Unitierra in Mexico – are unconstrained by conventional institutional forms but face other challenges of funding and recognition. This paper reflects on the dilemmas faced by radical educators around the world of whether to act within or outside the mainstream.

2.35-3.40:

Spyros ThemelisBetween neo-fascism and poverty: education and hope in Greece in times of debtocracy

This paper examines the social, political and economic situation of Greece after the first bailout package it received in May 2010. It links the rise of neo-fascist politics with the deterioration in socio-economic conditions for the majority of the Greek people and suggests that both these processes are approached as aspects of the attendant restructuring of class relations. Contrary to the organised politics of fear and the pathologisation of the Greek situation attempted by dominant political agents, the paper identifies some elements of hope. Specifically, it focuses on the role of education in resisting the hegemonic transformations imposed onto Greece and discusses the possibilities for the creation of an alternative future based on prefigurative politics of emancipation and liberation from the current impasse of neoliberal capitalism.

3.40-4.00: Plenary, Review and Closure.

The seminar is free and open to all but places are limited.

RSVP Veronica Burton: v.a.burton@uel.ac.uk.

The UEL is a 15minute stroll from Stratford Station. Here is a map and transport details:  http://www.uel.ac.uk/about/campuses/stratford/

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ARUANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CRITICAL EDUCATION AND JUSTICE (CEJ) and EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH GROUP (ECRG) RESEARCH SEMINARS

SEMESTER 2: ALL WELCOME – OPEN INVITATION

Wednesdays 4.30-6.30 Room: Sawyers 005

We will try, for each session have a sort of open house of 45-60 minutes, whereby research students can have 20-25 minute slots to bounce ideas, report back / present to the attendees. Sometimes these student presentations will be scheduled, at other times there will open discussion.

Semester 2 / Trimester 2 /Spring Term 2014

 

8 January 2014 Joint ECRG and CEJ research seminar

Dr Leena Helavaara Robertson (Middlesex University) on an aspect of Early Years/ Social Constructivism/ Critical Multilingualism, or, Conflicting Ideologies in Early Years Education

*15 January 2014 CEJ research seminar

a) Preparing for the ICCE and BERA conferences: series of mini-presentations by possible participants

b) Linda Akomaning and Amal Hussein

5 February 2014 Joint ECRG and CEJ research seminar

b) Doctoral Student presentations/ Discussions: Polina Chrysochou and Sharon Howden plus 2 ECRG doctoral/ conference presentations

*12 February 2014 ECRG led research seminar- and also CEJ led research seminar

Dr. Maria Nikolakaki (University of the Peloponessus, Corinth, Greece). Critical Pedagogy

Preparing for the ICCE and BERA conferences: series of mini-presentations by possible participants, in the two research cluster groups and by doctoral students within the two research clusters. Open to other doctoral and pre-doctoral students).

5 March  2014 Joint ECRG and CEJ research seminar-

a) Alpesh Maisuria (University of East London)

b) Doctoral Student Presentations/ Discussions

*12 March 2014 CEJ led research seminar-

a) Dr. Glenn Rikowski (Flow of Ideas) – ‘Crisis and Education’

b) Doctoral Student presentations/ Discussions : Polina Chryssochou, Sharon Howden

2 April 2014 Joint ECRG and CEJ research seminar

Presentations in preparation for the BERA and ICCE conferences

Trimester 3 /Summer Term

7 May 2014 Joint ECRG and CEJ research seminar

Presentations in preparation for the BERA and ICCE conferences

21 May 2014 CEJ led research seminar-

Deirdre O’Neill (University of Ulster/ InsideFilm, http://www.insidefilm.org/) Film, Prisons, Social Class and Critical Pedagogy

4 June 2014 Joint ECRG and CEJ research seminar

a) Final Preparations for the ICCE and BERA conferences: series of mini-presentations by possible participants

b) Doctoral/ Student presentations/ Discussions: Alison Feist, Samya Cook and Alan Bradwell on progress the EdD Dissertation and Linda Akomaning on her PhD progress

*11 June 2014 ECRG led research seminar- and also CEJ led research seminar

Preparing for the ICCE and BERA conferences: series of mini-presentations by possible participants, in the two research cluster groups and by doctoral students within the two research clusters. Open to other doctoral and pre-doctoral students).

2 July 2014 Joint ECRG and CEJ research seminar

Doctoral Student and Staff Research Presentations and Discussion

Possible other Forthcoming CEJ speakers …

Spyros Themelis (University of East Anglia, Norwich),

Nicki Spawls (Middlesex University),

Grant Banfield (Flinders University, South Australia)

Preparing for the BERA (British Education Research Association) annual conference  at the London Institute of Education, Sept 2014) and preparing for the 4th ICCE (International Conference on Critical Education) conference being held Jun23-26 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. A series of very mini-presentations by CEJ and ECRG members in preparation for BERA 2014 and ICCE 2014

The joint cluster will organise two or three symposia for / including/ comprising ARU colleagues at BERA 2014 (in London) 23-25 Sept. 2014 and at the ICCE (in Thessaloniki, Greece) 23-25 June 2014, and at various of the joint cluster sessions (CEJ-EYRG) colleagues will be able to present ideas, drafts, problems at the regular fortnightly Weds pm (4.40-6.30) sessions in a supportive and non-intimidating atmosphere.

Many thanks. Dr Paulette Luff (co-convenor, with Dr Chris Such) Early Childhood Research Group (ECRG), and Professor Dave Hill (co-convenor with Polina Chrysochou) Critical Education and Justice Research Cluster (CEJ)

For information: paulette.luff@anglia.ac.uk or dave.hill@anglia.ac.uk

Dave Hill

Professor Dave Hill

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Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

MARXISM AND EDUCATION: RENEWING DIALOGUES (MERD) – SEMINAR XVII

Neoliberalism in Crisis? Current Education Issues and Responses

 

Speakers include:

Stephen Ball

Nick Grant

Tristan McCowan

Spyros Themelis

 

 

 

22nd January 2014

10-4pm

University of East London

The Cass School of Education

Stratford Campus

Room ED2.04.

 

All welcome, but RSVP to Veronica Burton: v.a.burton@uel.ac.uk

Co-convenors: Tony Green and Alpesh Maisuria

 

Please circulate

 

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Spyros Themelis

Spyros Themelis

RESEARCH SEMINAR & DOCTORAL SEMINAR ON EDUCATION, SOCIAL CLASS AND TEACHERS’ LABOUR IN NEOLIBERAL TIMES

A Research Seminar / Doctoral Seminar

Organised by Professor Dave Hill

Wednesday 19th June

5.30 – 7.30

Anglia Ruskin University

Chelmsford Campus

Room: Sawyers Building – Saw 210

Travelling to the ARU Chelmsford Campus: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/your_university/anglia_ruskin_campuses/chelmsford/find_chelm.html

Chelmsford Campus Map: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/your_university/anglia_ruskin_campuses/chelmsford/find_chelm.Maincontent.0017.file.tmp/chelmsford-campus-map.pdf

All staff and research students, and undergraduate students, administrative staff and other education workers are welcome.

There will be four presentations of 30 minutes each, followed by a discussion and social gathering

Chair: Dave Hill

1 Alpesh Maisuria (Anglia Ruskin University) on his doctoral studies: A Critical Case Study Exploring Consciousness of Social Class in the Experiences of Immigrant Students in the Swedish Higher Education System

2. Spyros Themelis (Middlesex University) on Social Class and Education and his latest book: Social Change and Education in Greece

3. Sean Vertigan (Inner London Sixth Form College Teacher) on Neoliberalism and Teachers’ Pay, Conditions and the Material Conditions of Teachers’ Labour

4. Julia Carr (Summer Scholarship Student, Anglia Ruskin University) – will talk about her scholarship work and her Education Studies Major Project.

Professor Dave Hill

Professor Dave Hill

 

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Spyros Themelis

Spyros Themelis

SOCIAL CHANGE AND EDUCATION IN GREECE

BOOK LAUNCH EVENT

Social Change and Education in Greece: A Study in Class Struggle Dynamics

Dr Spyros Themelis, Senior Lecturer in Education, Middlesex University

MONDAY, 22 April, 2013

5:00pm to 7:30pm

Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, College Building, C219/C220, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT

 

Event highlights:

Opening/closing chaired by Waqar Ahmad, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, MiddlesexUniversity

Guest Speakers

Confirmed Speakers:

Tony Green, Palgrave Macmillan Marxism and Education Series Editor, University of London, Institute of Education

Professor Joyce Canaan, Professor of Sociology, Birmingham City University  

Dr Eva Gamarnikow, Department of Policy Studies, University of London, Institute of Education

Dr Stathis Kouvelakis, Reader in Political Theory, King’s College London

 

Who should attend: Research active staff, readers and professors from all Schools and Institutes at Middlesex University and other universities, educationalists, research students, media and policy makers.

This event is free to attend, but participants must confirm their attendance by email by 15th April. RSVP by 15th April to Daniela Pantica on D.Pantica@mdx.ac.uk  

 

About the Book

Social Change and Education in Greece: A Study in Class Struggle Dynamics (2013, Palgrave

Macmillan, New York). A New Book by Spyros Themelis, Middlesex University

The post-war orthodoxy postulated that education is both a mechanism for upward social mobility and an engine for economic growth. This book takes a challenging and refreshingly novel approach to the way education and social mobility are researched and theorised. The key message it delivers goes against the dominant post-war orthodoxy, which has postulated that education is both a mechanism for upward social mobility and an engine for economic growth in liberal capitalist countries. The conclusion the author reaches flies in the face of mainstream political consensus that perceives social mobility as panacea for the provision of occupational opportunities and an instrument for the levelling of the playing field. Much of what lays beneath social mobility, Spyros Themelis argues (apart from a great deal of sophisticated number-crunching) is a celebration and acceptance of an unequal system of allocation of opportunities.

This is one among very few studies that explore social mobility and attendant processes with the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods. The author views social mobility not merely as the outcome of the movements of individuals from one income or occupational group into another, detached from their societal, community and family context, as in conventional mobility studies. Instead, he examines social mobility as a complex process, where socio-economic (e.g. migration), cultural (e.g. marital practices and community values) and political (e.g. political patronage) forces, experiences, arrangements and strategies interact and interconnect in impeding or enhancing individuals’ and families’ social mobility movements.

The book makes some contribution to the ongoing debate about the economic crisis that has hit Greece since 2009. It suggests that the failure of education to promote equality of opportunities is symptomatic of the failure of the wider system to prioritise fair and equitable arrangements. If Greece’s current situation is to teach us a lesson, this is to urgently rethink about the whole system, not only in Greece but in the rest of the Western world too. The myth of education-based meritocracy and unfettered social mobility has anaesthetised Western societies to the multitude of social inequalities with which they are permeated. These might be hard times, but all the more appropriate to urge us to think about positive social change.

Dr Spyros Themelis is a Senior Lecturer in Education, Department of Education, Middlesex University, UK.

The book can be ordered from this link: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=537469 

It is published in the Palgrave Macmillan Marxism and Education Series: http://www.palgrave.com/products/SearchResults.aspx?s=ME&fid=3658 and http://us.macmillan.com/series/MarxismandEducation

Details on the book were originally provided at: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/social-change-and-education-in-greece-a-study-in-class-struggle-dynamics-a-new-book-by-spyros-themelis/

 

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Spyros Themelis

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Spyros Themelis

Spyros Themelis

SOCIAL CHANGE AND EDUCATION IN GREECE: A STUDY IN CLASS STRUGGLE DYNAMICS – A NEW BOOK BY SPYROS THEMELIS

A New Book by Spyros Themelis, MiddlesexUniversity

Social Change and Education in Greece: A Study in Class Struggle Dynamics (2013, Palgrave

Macmillan, New York)

This book takes a challenging and refreshingly novel approach to the way education and social mobility are researched and theorised. The key message it delivers goes against the dominant post-war orthodoxy, which has postulated that education is both a mechanism for upward social mobility and an engine for economic growth in liberal capitalist countries. The conclusion the author reaches flies in the face of mainstream political consensus that perceives social mobility as panacea for the provision of occupational opportunities and an instrument for the levelling of the playing field. Much of what lays beneath social mobility, Spyros Themelis argues (apart from a great deal of sophisticated number-crunching) is a celebration and acceptance of an unequal system of allocation of opportunities.

This is one among very few studies that explore social mobility and attendant processes with the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods. The author views social mobility not merely as the outcome of the movements of individuals from one income or occupational group into another, detached from their societal, community and family context, as in conventional mobility studies. Instead, he examines social mobility as a complex process, where socio-economic (e.g. migration), cultural (e.g. marital practices and community values) and political (e.g. political patronage) forces, experiences, arrangements and strategies interact and interconnect in impeding or enhancing individuals’ and families’ social mobility movements.

The book makes some contribution to the ongoing debate about the economic crisis that has hit Greece since 2009. It suggests that the failure of education to promote equality of opportunities is symptomatic of the failure of the wider system to prioritise fair and equitable arrangements. If Greece’s current situation is to teach us a lesson, this is to urgently rethink about the whole system, not only in Greece but in the rest of the Western world too. The myth of education-based meritocracy and unfettered social mobility has anaesthetised Western societies to the multitude of social inequalities with which they are permeated. These might be hard times, but all the more appropriate to urge us to think about positive social change.

Dr Spyros Themelis is a Senior Lecturer in Education, Department of Education, Middlesex University, UK.

The book can be ordered from this link: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=537469

It is published in the Palgrave Macmillan Marxism and Education Series: http://www.palgrave.com/products/SearchResults.aspx?s=ME&fid=3658 and http://us.macmillan.com/series/MarxismandEducation

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Education

3rd ANNUAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE

IN A CLASS OF OUR OWN

Saturday 19th February 2011

Middlesex University

Trent Park, London
Chair, Kevin Morris, Deputy Director of Professional Development

Speakers:

Gary McCulloch, Brian Simon, Professor of History of Education, Institute of Education, London

Spyros Themelis, Lecturer in Education, Middlesex University

John Yandell, PGCE English/Drama Course Leader, Institute of Education, London

Toby Young, Journalist and founder of West London Free School

Toby Marshall, Head of Film and Media, Havering College of FE and HE

Kevin Rooney, Head of Politics and History at Queens School, Bushey

Joyce Canaan, Professor of Sociology, Birmingham City University

Eva Gamarnikow, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Human Rights, Institute of Education, London

To Book please contact
Kevin Morris : k.morris@mdx.ac.uk
0208 411 4310
07905 605 207

 

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Athens, Academy

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRITICAL EDUCATION – UPDATE 6th SEPTEMBER 2010

 

The Department of Education, University of Athens, Greece is hosting the

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRITICAL EDUCATION

12-16 July 2011, Athens, Greece

Organized by the journals:

JOURNAL OF CRITICAL EDUCATION POLICY STUDIES (UK)

CULTURAL LOGIC (USA/CANADA)

KRITIKI (GREECE)

RADICAL NOTES (INDIA)

The venue of the Conference will be the city of Athens and possibly the surrounding areas

Conference Organizing Committee Coordinators

Dave Hill (Middlesex University, UK)

Peter McLaren (UCLA, USA)

Kostas Skordoulis (University of Athens, Greece)

Keynote Speakers:

Peter McLaren (UCLA, USA) • Amrohini Sahay (Hofstra University, New York, USA) • Dave Hill (Middlesex University, UK) • Aristides Baltas (National Technical University of Athens, Greece) • Ravi Kumar (Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi, India) and also speakers from the Greek education movement: Lazaros Apekis (Leader of the University Teachers movement against the privatization of university education) • Chrysoula Papageorgiou (Spokesperson of the Unemployed and part-time Teachers Union)

Important Dates:

Participants should submit an abstract of 300 words by: 15 December 2010.

Notification of acceptance of paper presentation by: 15 January 2011.

Full papers should be submitted by: 30 May 2011.

The papers will be peer reviewed and published in the Conference Proceedings.

Selected papers will be published in Special Issues of JCEPS, Cultural Logic and KRITIKI.

Abstracts should be sent by email to the following addresses:

DAVE HILL: dave.hill35@btopenworld.com

KOSTAS SKORDOULIS : kostas4skordoulis@gmail.com

Conference Fee:

The Conference fee is 300 Euros. The fee covers participation in the conference, the book of abstracts, coffee/tea/refreshments

during conference breaks and participation in the conference dinner in a traditional taverna.

The Conference fee for participants from Greece and all those in hardship is 50 Euros

The participation of unemployed and colleagues from the third world is free/no fees.

Please could fees be paid directly into the following bank account:

NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE

Account holders: Katsiampoura Ioanna Nikolaos and Psomiadis Ploutarchos Andreas

Account Number: 719/703258-75

IBAN: GR4401107190000071970325875

SWIFT Code (BIC): ETHNGRAA

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Kostas Skordoulis, Efthymios Nicolaidis, Efthymis Papademetriou, Yiannis Maistros, Alekos Koutsouris, Spyros Sakellaropoulos, Themis Bokaris, Gianna Katsiampoura, Spyros Themelis, Theodoros Alexiou, Ploutarchos Psomiadis, Kostas Tampakis, Maria Darmou, Yiannis Bitsakis, Laokratia Lakka, Alexandra Lekka, Telis Gkiolmas, Vaggelis Koutalis, Ioanna Stavrou, Kostas Exarchakos, Ilias Boikos

Second Call for Papers: http://www.ieps.org.uk/PDFs/2010-12-06conf.pdf 

Participants’ Papers (added 29th May 2011): http://www.hpdst.gr/events/conferences/critical-education/presentations 

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