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Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

London Branch

Professor John White (UCL Institute of Education) will speak on:

Education, time-poverty and well-being
Wednesday 17 February
Institute of Education, UCL, 20 Bedford Way
Room 903

All are welcome.


Paper is attached at: here.


Abstract: This paper will present a critical discussion of ‘objective list’ well-being goods, related to the current aims of the English National Curriculum and to problems of time-poverty in the population.



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Research and Practice in Adult Literacies (RaPAL)

Love Literacies, Love Lifelong Learning: Health, Well-being, Partnerships and Workplaces


RaPAL Annual Conference

Saturday, 5th April 2014

Birmingham City Hospital, UK

RaPAL (Research and Practice in Adult Literacies) represents practitioners, learners and researchers in the field of adult literacies in the UK, Ireland and beyond. We have strong international links in the field of adult literacies and with 78 other organisations across Europe, we recently joined the ‘European Literacy Network’, ELiNET. We enjoy engaging in debates that touch on English language and literacy, numeracy and digital skills across homes, communities and workplaces.

Our conference is being held on Saturday 5th April at City Hospital, Birmingham in England. This venue provides a fantastic opportunity to focus on our broad themes of adult literacies in work and life, and which include a wide variety of partnerships and in the contexts of health and well-being. We will be joined by key note speakers from the University of Wolverhampton and, via link-up, Washington State University. We have a wonderful range of workshops, including from the; Community Health and Learning Foundation, the Reading Agency, specialists in writing, digital literacies, online and workplace learning. We are excited to have peers beaming in from Australia to talk about award-winning community health and literacy projects.


Key Speakers:

Dr Linda Lang

Professor Lang is Dean of the School of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton. She will talk about the work of the faculty and the concept of Life Long Learning, focussing on a recent development for a University Technical College (UTC) in the Midlands. The UTC ‘Health Futures’ aims to support and develop 14-19 year olds to be able to achieve their goals and aspirations through HE and employment in careers in the Health Sector.

Dr Sondra Cuban

Sondra Cuban will speak from Washington State USA about her ESRC research project profiled in her 2013 book Deskilling Migrant Women in the Global Care Industry. The study focused on a group of migrant women who were care assistants in England’s care sector. Sondra will discuss their digital strategies to connect and care for their families abroad amid tensions they experienced with their paid care for older persons in England.





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Education Crisis



Time: Saturday, 8 December 2012 10:00 – 16:00 GMT
Location: Congress House

Great Russell Street

London WC1B 3LS

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Following the success of last year’s Compass Education Conference you are warmly invited to this year’s event on Saturday 8 December at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1 from 10am-4pm.

The day will be packed with presentations, participation and will include sessions with key thinkers and doers including Jon Cruddas (MP) and Dr Mary Bousted (General Secretary of ATL).

Additionally, the event will provide the necessary space to debate, discuss and learn how we can apply the values of a Good Society into a new education strategy for a more equal, sustainable and democratic world.

Some of the exciting workshops include:

* Education for democracy

* Wellbeing and education

* Education and a sustainable society

* Higher and Further Education as a unified system

* Democratic governance at the local level

* Professionalism empowering teachers and lecturers

Speakers include:

Jon Cruddas MP

Dr Mary Bousted (ATL)

Toni Pearce (NUS)

Mervyn Wilson (Co-opCollege)

Eddie Playfair (NewhamCollege)

Kathy Baker (Ex – General Teaching council)

Richard Pring (Author)

Ann Hodgson (Institute of Education)

Dan Taubman (UCU)

Marilyn Harrop (NUT)

The day will provide a space for your input into a second major Compass publication on radical approaches to education – bringing together activists, students, academics and lovers of education to think and do education differently.

We look forward to seeing you at what is bound to be a very special event. Please fill in the details as given in our website to reserve your place:

Tickets are £5 for those who are unwaged and on low wages to cover costs for the event. For those who earn more, we suggest £15 a ticket as this makes it possible for the event to be accessible to more people and provide a concessionary rate. If you can spare anymore, please click here. We really appreciate your generosity.


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Sociology of Religion Study Group (SOCREL) Annual Conference

28 – 30 March 2012

University of Chester


Plenary Speakers:

Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol)

Professor Elaine Graham (University of Chester)

Professor Sean McCloud (University of North Carolina)


Also featuring:

* A roundtable discussion with Professor Linda Woodhead, Dr Rebecca Catto (Lancaster University) and contributors to the forthcoming volume Religious Change in Modern Britain (Routledge)

* Dr Karen Jochelson and Dr David Perfect (Equality and Human Rights Commission)


This interdisciplinary conference gathers academics and practitioners to discuss the complex ways religion interacts with systems of power and/or categories of difference that affect experiences of equality and/or inequality in individuals, groups and spaces. The intersections of gender, race and class are typically part of the mutually constitutive ‘matrix’ of social categories that contribute to identities and power relations, however religion is often overlooked. Such oversight can only result in limited analyses and leaves pathways to social inclusion and exclusion concealed. Through this conference we seek to bring together research that explores the ways religious beliefs, identities, practices, communities and institutions can contribute to both experiences of belonging and marginalization.

Abstracts are invited on the conference theme, especially on the interaction of religious beliefs, traditions, practices and identities with: 



Multicultural politics                   






Healthcare and Well-being                   

Social justice

Public policy                              

Please submit abstracts by 28 October 2011 to Dr Dawn Llewellyn (Universityof Chester) & Dr Sonya Sharma (DurhamUniversity) at:

Abstracts for 20 minute papers (300 words max.), panel proposals (750 words max.) and alternative formats (750 words max.) are welcomed.


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Monday July 19th at the British Library, London

We are delighted to announce the programme for our annual one day conference ‘Futures of Ageing: Science, Technology and the Body’ on Monday July 19th at the British Library, London.

In particular, we are delighted to present an excellent, dynamic and inter/national line up of keynotes, plenary papers, concurrent paper session, and posters. This includes:

Keynote address:

Professor Simon Williams (University of Warwick) ””Boosting the Brain?” Neuroculture, Active Ageing and Cognitive Decline’

Plenary papers:

Prof Joanna Latimer (Cardiff University) Intimations of (Im)mortality: how aging scientists debate the relation between the normal, the natural and the pathological.

Prof Paul Higgs (University  College London); Prof Ian Rees Jones (Bangor University) ‘Anti-Anti-Ageing’, progressive critique or conservative metaphysics?

Prof Stephen Katz (Trent University, Canada) Embodied Memory: Ageing, Neuroculture and the Genealogy of Mind

Prof Chris Gilleard; Prof Paul Higgs (University College London) Refusing to face the future?  Developments and tensions in the discourses of anti-aging surgery.

Plenary panel: Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens

Professor Barb Marshall (Trent University, Canada);

Louis Neven (University of Twente);

Dr Katie Brittain (Newcastle University, UK)

Chairs: Dr Kelly Joyce (College of William and Mary, USA) and Dr Meika Loe (Colgate University, USA)

We also have a wine reception sponsored by Wiley Blackwell and launch of the latest Sociology of Health and Illness monograph Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens

We very much hope you will join us for this exciting day of debate and discussion. 

We invite delegates to participate in this exciting area of study and if you wish to attend or hear more about the conference, please contact the British Sociological Association conference office at or alternatively download a booking form from

We hope to see you all soon! b/w Wendy and Julia, co-convenors

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David Cameron


Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: Housmans Bookshop
Street: 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross
Town/City: London, United Kingdom

Richard Seymour, blogger of ‘Lenin’s Tomb’ fame, and author of ‘The Liberal Defence of Murder’ will be in store discussing his latest publication, ‘The Meaning of David Cameron’.

The Tories are posing as a ‘progressive’ and ‘radical’ alternative to New Labour. Drawing from George W Bush’s ‘compassionate conservatism’, they maintain that the ‘Big Society’ can do what ‘Big Government’ cannot – produce a cohesive, mutually supportive, happy society. Cameron’s court intellectual, Philip Blond, maintains that this if David Cameron’, which is a viable alternative to the failures of the egalitarian left and the excessively pro-market right. But is this more than campaign mood music? And are the conservative traditions that they draw on – from the bucolic, pseudo-medievalism of G K Chesterton to the anti-statism of Friedrich Hayek – really a bulwark of progress and radicalism?

Richard Seymour argues that such ideas can only seem ‘progressive’ in light of New Labour’s acquiescence to Thatcherism. To understand the Cameronites, it is necessary to understand how the social landscape and corresponding political language was transformed by the collapse of post-war social democracy and its more radical competitors. To resist the Cameronites, he argues, it is necessary to attack the neoliberal consensus on which all major parties found their programme.

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Manufacturing Happiness



Manufacturing Happiness: Investigating Subjectivity, Transformation, and Cultural Capital

The Graduate Students of George Mason University invite paper proposals for our 4th Annual Cultural Studies Conference. The Conference will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

This conference considers practices, institutions, and products that promise happiness, in a sense of inducing “the good life,” typically expressed as self-realization or finding one’s purpose-borrowing Agamben’s term, subjective technologies that have a specific relationship to social and political forces. How do practices designed or claimed for such diverse purposes as personal stress management, recovering from colonization, parenting, global conglomeration, and corporate development work? What kinds of transformations do they bring, in terms of personality, power, and communitas? And what becomes of the living cultural traditions from which these practices are abstracted, as in the care of the psychotherapeutic practice of “western Buddhism,” which Zizek claims is the “hegemonic ideology par excellance of late capitalism?” From the transmission of packaged idealisms and practices with a putative relationship to traditional sources to the commodified transactions for services and goods, the conference organizers seeks papers that investigate the growing cultural industries, both global and local, devoted to manufacturing happiness.

The wide-ranging contexts for our investigation include, but are not limited to: the social positions within the family, home, workplace, community, or nation-state; geographical and global considerations of institutional development and affiliation; the political economy of corporate training models; cultural capital and legitimation; media and mediation (print, television, DVD, Internet, radio, etc.); religious connections and origins; the confirmation and construction of identities (gender, physical, class, spiritual, national, sexual, and race) in social or political realms; and the rise and intensity of ecological subjectivities.

* Integral Institute, Integral Naked, and Ken Wilber
* Est Training
* Shambhala Training
* Eckhardt Tolle and Oprah’s Book Club
* Weight loss and Constructing Beauty
* The “Human Potential” Movement
* The Zen Alarm Clock
* The Secret
* Hollywood Kabballah Centre
* Transpersonal Psychology
* The “Self-Help” Industry
* Magazines such as What Is Enlightenment?

Please e-mail a 500-word abstract of your presentation along with a short CV to Michael Lecker ( no later than June 15, 2009.


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Political Economy of Work


International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE)


Inaugural Day Conference of the ‘Political Economy of Work’ Working Group


University of Leeds, 5th May 2009




11:00 Reflections on the ‘International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy’

Ben Fine, SOAS


11:30 Towards a ‘Political Economy of Work’

Andrew Brown and David Spencer, LUBS / CERIC


Discussant: Damian Grimshaw, University of Manchester


12:45 Lunch


1:30 – 4:00 Focus on Well-Being at Work


1:30 Labour, Nature and Dependence

John O’Neill, University of Manchester


2:30 Coffee


3:00 Job Quality in Europe

Francis Green, University of Kent



Cost:  £20 including lunch, tea and coffee.


To Register Contact:

Miss Gaynor Dodsworth ( (0113 3436839)


This event is sponsored by the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change


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