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Glenn Rikowski


I play an extremely small, non-speaking cameo role in this student-made film, ‘Helping You Through the Transition’, by Katie Jarvis (as part of the EDU3025 ‘Transitions for Children, Young People and Families’ module, BA Childhood & Youth, at the University of Northampton).

The film is about starting university.

You can view Katie’s film at:

This film is aimed at addressing various fears and issues that people may have about starting university.

Glenn Rikowski



‘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:  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:

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Why Study Education Studies?

This is an essay by Louise Jemmett, a first year Education Studies student at the University of Northampton. It was written in November 2009.

It has been published on ‘The Flow of Ideas’ web site.

You can view Louise’s essay at:

Referenced as:

Jemmett, L. (2009) Why Study Education Studies? 2nd November, Education Studies, University of Northampton, online at The Flow of Ideas:

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New Media




Media Annual Conference:

Organised by the School of Social Sciences, Park Campus, University of Northampton, UK

Date: Saturday 8th May 2010

Venue: LT-C101, University of Northampton, Park Campus, Boughton Green Road, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK

Why this conference?

This conference gathers academics, journalists, researchers, policy makers and civil society organisations to discuss youth use of new media and the implication this has on identity construction, public opinion, citizenship and social change. Although their development is a recent phenomenon, new media have not only opened up new opportunities for journalism but also empowered audiences and civil society organisations with unprecedented platforms for ‘free’ expression and social activism around the world. New technologies are said to have reinvigorated a sense of a ‘transnational public sphere’ and strengthened marginalized communities and provided a platform for subcultural groups and the voiceless. The possible consequences of such rapid developments on social and political change are not hard to imagine. The sweeping victory of US president elect Barak Obama (in the latest American presidential elections) characterised by the unprecedented outreach to marginalised communities including the youth through YouTube, Facebook, and other internet platforms is a case in point.

This conference aims to map out the above mentioned phenomena, focusing on the role of new media in the perceived social changes. It debates how audiences, users, civil society organisations, political/social groups and subcultures have understood and found in these technologies the right tools and strategies to power their work sustainably.

Conference themes:

This conference will cover (but not necessarily limited to) the following areas of enquiry:

– Blogging and bloggers as citizen journalists; are bloggers making a social difference?

– Satellite TV and the internet as cites of resistance/alternative media or sets of ‘censored national enclosures’

-E-campaigning and political/social groups

– How are  activists/the youth interacting with platforms like ‘YouTube’, ‘MySpace’, ‘Flicker’, ‘Faithtube’, ‘Facebook’ and ‘Blogging’ to pursue their objectives?

– Challenges of the Internet in war zones

– The new media and women empowerment amongst ethnic minorities.

– Youth subcultures and new media, what is going on?

– In the absence of real democracy in some parts of the Arab and Muslim world is new media creating a new form of social/political capital: e-democracy?

– What functions are the internet and satellite TV playing in mobilising public opinion?

– What expectations and perceptions are there regarding changes in cultural and political values?

Attendance: Participation in this conference will be open to academics, researchers, policy makers, government agencies, youth workers, students, parents and other members of the public.

Fees: £35 waged; £10 non-waged and students

Call for submissions: Abstracts of no more than 400 words, along with a short bio should be submitted by the 30th November 2009. Papers should reflect one or more of the conference themes mentioned above. Particularly welcome are papers based on empirical work and a clear research method (s). Deadline for full papers is 10th April 2010.

Selected conference papers will be published in an edited volume.

Contact: Please send all submissions and enquiries to:

Dr Noureddine Miladi (conference coordinator),

Senior Lecturer in Media & Sociology

School of Social Sciences

University of Northampton

Park Campus




Tel: +44 (0) 1604892104

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Volumizer Resurrection Three



The Volumizer is Glenn Rikowski’s AOL blog. This was started up on 29th September 2005. On 30th September 2008, AOL announced that all of its Hometown products, including its blogs and newsletters, would be closed down on 31st October 2008. Glenn’s articles, many of which were written for his students at the Volumizer, will be preserved here at The Flow of Ideas. Work has begun on this project, and the latest articles to be included are now available, as listed below:







Rikowski, G. (2007) On Education Studies, 3rd October, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) An Educational Mansion House for Business, 8th August, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Brown’s PFI Monster Creates Education Spending and Policy Crisis (in Three Parts), 31st July, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Finance and Fear: Lessons in Money and Debt, 27th July, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Education the HSBC Way, 23rd July, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Education Repetition: Brown Follows Blair’s Neoliberal Education Reform Agenda, 8th June, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Academy Chains: Building on the Neoliberal Education Policy of Tony Blair, 3rd June, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Privatisation of Student Debt, 16th March, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Education for Debt, 22nd January, London, online at:








Rikowski, G. (2005) The Capitalisation of Schools: Federations and Academies, London, 1st October, online at:





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Neil Southwell: Rock’n’Neil


My friend and colleague in the School of Education at the University of Northampton, Neil Southwell has been playing rock music for some years now. Indeed, he used to play professionally in a band.


He has a new web site called Rock’n’Neil where you can hear some of his latest compositions.




In addition, some readers might be interested in Neil’s essay on Robert Owen and education.



Southwell, N. (2000) Robert Owen: Education the Fun Way? online at