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Volume 10 Number 2 2011   ISSN 1474-9041


Lisbeth Lundahl. Paving the Way to the Future? Education and Young Europeans’ Paths to Work andIndependence

Fazal Rizvi. Experiences of Cultural Diversity in the Context of an Emergent Transnationalism

Marie Verhoeven. Multiple Embedded Inequalities and Cultural Diversity in Educational Systems: a theoretical and empirical exploration

Floya Anthias. Intersections and Translocations: new paradigms for thinking about cultural diversity and social identities

RESEARCHING THE POWERFUL: seeking knowledge about policy
Guest Editor: JENNY OZGA

Jenny Ozga. Introduction. Researching the Powerful: seeking knowledge about policy

Eszter Neumann. Negotiating Power: interviews with the policy elite – stories fromHungary lost between genres

Sotiria Grek. Interviewing the Education Policy Elite in Scotland: a changing picture?

Estela Costa & Adel Kiss. Dealing with Opposition: uncomfortable moments in research

Catherine Mangez & Eric Mangez. Producing Dangerous Knowledge: researching knowledge production inBelgium

Martin Lawn. Standardizing the European Education Policy Space

José Penalva. The Role of Explanations and Prescriptions in the Science of Design: the case of educational research

Estela Costa. National Policies and New Forms of Social Regulation within the Framework of Europeanization

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The Center for Place, Culture and Politics and the Committee on Globalization and Social Change
A lecture by Ching Kwan Lee
Professor of Sociology, UCLA

TUESDAY MARCH 22, 2011 at 4 pm
Skylight Room

C.K. Lee’s research focuses on the politics of rights and the changing citizenship regime in China, examining how ordinary Chinese mobilize legal and extra-legal resources to battle for their rights as citizens, forging new notions of property, labor and land, and engaging the local and central governments. She is most recently the author of Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt (UC Press, 2007), which received the Sociology of Labor Book Award in 2008.

Roundtable discussion to follow with:

REBECCA KARL: Associate Professor of History at New York University. She is the author most recently of Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth Century World: A Concise History (Duke UP 2010).

PETER KWONG: Professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, as well as Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and author of numerous books including Forbidden Workers: Chinese Illegal Immigrants and American Labor.

DAVID HARVEY, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography

PETER HITCHCOCK, Associate Director of the Center for Place, Culture  and Politics and author of The Long Space: Transnationalism and Postcolonial Form (Stanford UP 2010)

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New reviews in Reviews in Cultural Theory are now accessible online at We’re also seeking reviewers for new and forthcoming books. Please see our list of books for which we’re seeking reviewers below and email us at, if you are interested in contributing a review.

Summer reviews:

Erin Wunker reviews Barbara Godard’s Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture.

Will Straw reviews Davin Heckman’s A Small World: Smart Houses and the Dream of the Perfect Day. 

Evan Mauro reviews Seth Moglen’s Mourning Modernity: Literary Modernism and the Injuries of American Capitalism.

Matthew MacLellan reviews Gerald Raunig’s A Thousand Machines: A Concise Philosophy of the Machine as a Social Movement.

Gerry Canavan reviews Mark Bould and China Miéville’s Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction.

Melissa Aronczyk reviews Guy Julier and Liz Moor’s Design and Creativity: Policy, Management and Practice.

Books for review:

Anderson, Patrick. So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance. Duke UP, 2010.

Aronczyk, Melissa, and Devon Powers, eds. Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture. Peter Lang, 2010.

Blanco, Maria del Pilar and Esther Peeren. Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture. Continuum Press, 2010. 

Bowman, Paul, ed. The Rey Chow Reader. Columbia UP, 2010. 

Chatterjee, Partha. Empire and Nation: Selected Essays. Columbia UP, 2010.

Coole, Diana and Samantha Frost, eds. New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics. Duke UP, 2010.

Dabashi, Hamid. Brown Skin, White Masks. Pluto Press, 2010.

The Edu-factory Collective. Toward a Global Autonomous University: Cognitive Labor, The Production of Knowledge, and Exodus from the Education Factory. Autonomedia, 2009.

Foley, Barbara. Wrestling with the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Duke UP, 2010.

Floyd, Kevin. The Reification of Desire: Toward a Queer Marxism.  University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

Fumagalli, Andrea and Sandro Mezzadra, eds. Crisis in the Global Economy: Financial Markets, Social Struggles, and New Political Scenarios. Semiotext(e), 2010.

Gregg, Melissa and Gregory J. Seigworth, eds.  The Affect Theory Reader. Duke UP, 2010.

Grossberg, Lawrence. Cultural Studies in the Future Tense. Duke UP, 2010.

Hill, Rod and Tony Myatt. The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Microeconomics. Zed, 2010.

Hitchcock, Peter. The Long Space: Transnationalism and Postcolonial Form. Stanford UP, 2010.

Holmes, Brian. Unleashing the Collective Phantoms: Essays in Reverse Imagineering. Pluto Press, 2010.

Johnson-Woods, Toni. Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives. Continuum Press, 2010.

Kim, Jodi. Ends of Empire: Asian American Critique and the Cold War. U of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Kusch, Rodolfo. Indigenous and Popular Thinking in America. Duke UP, 2010.

Lanza, Fabio. Behind the Gate: Inventing Students in Beijing. Columbia UP, 2010.

Latour, Bruno. On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods.  Duke UP, 2010.

Lepecki, Andre and Jenn Joy, eds. Planes of Composition: Dance, Theory and the Global. U of Chicago P, 2010.

Merrifield, Andy. Magical Marxism: Subversive Politics and the Imagination. Pluto Press, 2010.

Nguyen, Vinh-Kim. The Republic of Therapy: Triage and Sovereignty in West Africa’s Time of AIDS. Duke UP, 2010.

Paik, Peter. From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe. U of Minnesota P, 2010.

Pasotti, Eleonora. Political Branding in Cities: The Decline of Machine Politics in Bogota, Naples, and Chicago. Cambridge UP, 2010.

Rancière, Jacques, and Steven Corcoran. Chronicles of Consensual Times. Continuum, 2010.

Seth, Vanita. Europe’s Indians: Producing Racial Difference, 1500–1900. Duke UP, 2010.

Sharpe, Christina. Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects. Duke UP, 2010.

Sholette, Gregory. Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture. Pluto Press, 2010.

Toscano, Alberto. Fanaticism: On The Uses of An Idea. Verso, 2010.

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Call for Papers and Panels

A conference at the University of York, UK, 3-5 July 2010, in partnership with the University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University

 Postcolonial Studies is firmly ensconced in the Anglophone metropolitan academy: the field has its own specialised journals, academic posts, postgraduate courses, and dedicated divisions within learned bodies. But how well have these configurations travelled to other locations, institutions and disciplines? What topics, questions and approaches remain unexplored? And what’s ‘theoretical’ about postcolonial theory anyway?

This conference will examine these and related questions through a set of interdisciplinary interventions aimed at assessing not only what postcolonial theory (still) doesn’t say, but also what we would like it to say: in other words, how we might best put the field’s cultural and institutional capital to use. Our intent, therefore, is not to repeat well-rehearsed debates about the field’s various failings, but rather to advance the discussion by identifying common goals and areas of enquiry. In order to promote a sense of coherence among the papers and interventions at the conference, applicants are encouraged to submit panel proposals, though paper proposals are also welcome. Possible subjects include, but are not limited to:

1. Institutional chronologies: the Reagan/Thatcher years and the rise of postcolonial studies.
2. Postcolonial theory as travelling theory: adoptions, adaptations, and critiques beyond the Anglophone metropole.
3. Neglected regions: East Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
4. Postcolonial theory and religion.
5. Postcolonial prospects: assets, liabilities and futures.
6. What’s left in/of postcolonial theory: activism, Marxism and globalisation.
7. What’s wrong with belonging? Rethinking diaspora, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism.
8. Postcolonial theory and the wars of the twenty-first century (Iraq, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe).
9. Postcolonial theory and the aesthetic: form, narrative, ‘Third World aesthetics’, the novel versus newer forms of cultural text (film, comics, graphic novels etc.)
10. Postcolonial contraband: secrets, silence and censorship.

Please send 20-minute paper proposals or panel proposals consisting of three papers, together with a brief bio, to by October 1, 2009.

Questions and queries can be sent to the organizing committee:
Ziad Elmarsafy (; Department of English, University of York
Anna Bernard ( ), Department of English, University of York
David Attwell ( ), Department of English, University of York
Stuart Murray ( , Department of English, University of Leeds
Eleanor Byrne ( , Department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Ziad Elmarsafy
Department of English and Related Literature
University of York
Heslington, YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 433342
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