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Dear All

Please see below advance notice of our seminars planned for December.  Please contact me if you would like any further information.



Veronica Burton: Administrator for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ


020 8223 2834


5 December 2013

Robbins Remembered and Dismembered, Contextualizing the anniversary

Professor Patrick Ainley

University of Greenwich

1 – 2 pm

Stratford Campus, Cass Building ED2.04


12 December 2013

Teacher Subjectivity as a site of struggle: refusing neoliberalisation

Professor Stephen J Ball

Institute of Education, University of London

5 – 6 pm

Stratford Campus, Cass Building 5 – 6 pm




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UEL Political Closure during G20


Tuesday, March 31st 2009, 3.00pm.




The G20 Alternative Summit must go on! Classes and lectures must go on!

  • In only a few hours a petition to Keep UEL Open receives over 1400 signatories from across the world, including well-know academics and writers, e.g. Naomi Klein.
  • University is a crucial centre of democracy. Democracy is now the only safe path for the world out of the current multifaceted crisis.


London – Following the decision of the University of East London’s Corporate Management Team to close down the entire university on Wednesday, April 1st and Thursday, April 2nd, staff and students have launched a petition to keep the university open, arguing that they “would feel ashamed of UEL if this institution […] were to become known as the university that had closed its doors to democratic debate and education in times of crisis such as these.”


The University of East London was scheduled to host the G20 Alternative Summit on Wednesday, April 1st, intended as a popular assembly for everyone engaged in current struggles for social justice. Amidst fears over ‘security’ in light of these G20 protest events, management first withdrew its support for the Alternative Summit and subsequently decided to shut down the entire campus for the duration of the G20 summit and protest events, cancelling lectures and classes and shutting the library.


In the petition, staff and students are arguing that such ‘security’ considerations are a “classic excuse for every historic attempt to curtail free speech. Instead of seizing the opportunity to become a common space thriving with creative energies, [the University of East London] plans to become an empty shell for two days.”


The petition states that,


“It is time for the university management to become accountable not only to the government funding bodies, but to the wider public to whom it owes both its livelihood and a duty to fulfil its role as a part of civil society. The past 3 decades have seen public spaces such as universities hollowed out by the state and by corporations, as more and more of our common resources are transformed into sterile commodities, valued only in cash terms. In universities this has led to a policy regime which increasingly sees ‘employability’ in the ‘creative industries’ or in ‘business and finance’ as the only benchmark of success by which a university education can be judged; which sees research separated from teaching; which sees ‘knowledge transfer’ to the commercial sector as the only legitimate destination for the fruits of inquiry.”


The signatories to the petition, which include a number of well-known academics from universities across the globe, including writer and activist Naomi Klein, are urging UEL management to “reconsider [their] decisions and take this unique opportunity to open the university as a crucial centre of democracy, since democracy is now the only safe path for the world out of the current multifaceted crisis. We must keep our university open to staff and students, rejecting the claims and ‘risk assessments’ that reproduce fear instead of promoting dialogue. We urge you to take responsibility for enabling the university to act as a truly public space for debate in a time when nobody can doubt that radical new ideas are needed.





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G20 Meltdown and Professor Chris Knight


Professor Chris Knight, an anthropologist at the University of East London (UEL), was suspended from his duties by UEL yesterday for comments he made in relation to the forthcoming G20 Meltdown protests in London.


Newspaper reports on the issue can be viewed at:


Fiona Hamilton, ‘Anarchist professor Chris Knight suspended after G20 ‘treat’, The Times, 26rg March, online at:


Emma Jacobs, ‘Batten the hatches for G20 Meltdown’, Financial Times, 27th March, online at:


Michael Seamark, “‘If you want violence, you’ll get it,” threatens professor suspended ahead of G20 summit’, Daily Mail, 27th March, online at:


Chris Knight’s we site:

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The Flow of Ideas:

Anticapitalism and Culture
Radical Theory and Popular Politics

Jeremy Gilbert

Berg 2008

This book stages a dialogue between the radical tradition within cultural studies and the politics and ideas of the global ‘anticapitalist’ movement. Opening with a political history of cultural studies, which locates the development of the discipline – up to the present day – in its changing intellectual and political context, it goes on to consider the parallel history of the ‘movement of movements’ and the World Social Forum process. It addresses the broader question of what it means to be ‘anti-capitalist’ at the levels of cultural theory and political practice, and considers the comparative uses of the ideas of Deleuze & Guattari, Laclau & Mouffe and Hardt & Negri for cultural and political analysis. The book offers a concise analysis of the opportunities and obstacles facing radical politics at the beginning of the 21st century, and concludes with an assessment of the relative weight given to ideas of strategy, tactics, hegemony and partisanship within contemporary radical thought

Jeremy Gilbert
School of Social Sciences, Media & Cultural Studies
University of East London
6 University Way
E16 2RD



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