Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fourth International Cultural Difference and Social Network Conference

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL DIFFERENCE AND SOCIAL SOLIDARITY NETWORK CONFERENCE

4th International Conference
Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network

Differences, Solidarities and Digital Technologies
Hosted by
Middle East Technical University
Northern Cyprus Campus
Tuesday, 1 July through Friday, 4 July, 2014

The 4th International Conference of the Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network aims to examine the influence of the spread and growth of digital technology on constructions, concepts, and perceptions of difference and solidarity. By “digital technology” we mean any combination of electronic devices and digital communication including the devices themselves (from smart phones to servers), software and applications, and communication networks. Approximately two thirds of the world’s population (according to the World Bank) has limited access to digital technologies, yet the remaining one third of the population who use these technologies are arguably reshaping concepts of difference and solidarity that have broad implications for all people, their social and cultural institutions, the environment, economic systems, etc. As an example of an area of contested solidarity and difference within that one third of global users, are the broad claims from academia, the market, and digital technology proponents regarding the use of digital technology and devices to promote solidarities, virtual and real, and create an easing of difference through democratizing constructs such as increased access to the internet and communication devices. Contrary arguments assert that solidarities in a virtual world are not possible; that the democratizing effect of the internet, or even wireless service, is an illusion constructed by large corporations that control many of the on-ramps and consumer interfaces of the web in neoliberal societies; and that the growth of use of digital technologies creates new differences and increasingly solidifies existing ones.

This conference seeks to provide a space for scholars to take stock of the present global context and share knowledge – specific or general, empirical or theoretical, with a view to develop and explore the possible ways of understanding the impact of digital technologies on differences and solidarities. The conference is intended to be interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from scholars whose research crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Papers and panels are sought for presentation at parallel sessions where each paper will have a strict maximum of 20 minutes presentation time on panels of 2 papers with 25 minutes per paper discussion time.

Initial starting points for paper topics on the 2014 conference theme are listed below. We will also consider papers on themes from previous conferences and/or previous participants who have on-going research on broader areas of difference and solidarity. All papers/presentations should in some way connect to, or address, Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity:

Social media:
Identity
Economy
Politics
Law
War
Governments
Revolutions
Displacement
Sex
Bullying
Religion
Technology and hegemonies
Academia and technology:
New disciplines e.g. Digital humanities
Academic freedom
Discrimination
Discourse
Exploitation
Inclusive/exclusive methodologies
Electronic production:
Mining, manufacture, distribution, retail
E-waste
Passive and active digital media
Ethics and digital technology
Art and Culture
Digital geography
Digital nativism
New media subjectivity
Gaming
Digital literacy
Epistemology
Experience

These themes are not exhaustive and the organizers will consider other papers relevant to the conference subject of Digital Technologies and Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity. We expect to publish a post-conference edited book, derived from the papers presented and organized around themes that reveal themselves during the conference.

There will be two keynote plenary sessions with speakers to be announced. Reflecting the conference theme in the context of the conference venue, one of these sessions will focus on aspects of these themes in Cyprus.

Abstracts may be submitted anytime until March 31, 2014
Notification of abstract acceptances and rejections is on a rolling basis (within 3 weeks of submission)
Online conference registration open from March 17, 2014 to May 30, 2014
Conference Fees to be paid by May 30, 2014

The conference language is English and all papers and presentations should be in English.

The conference fee is 395 Euros (295 Euros for post-grad students and non-participants).
This fee includes:
Registration:
Transfers to and from Ercan Airport in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to METU-NCC Campus
4 nights at Campus Guest House with breakfast
4 lunches
2 Sunset Dinners (all drinks included)
1 Dinner Banquet (non-alcoholic drinks included)
Guided Historic/Cultural Excursion
Abstracts of no more than 350 words may be submitted online only, to: http://www.differenceandsolidarity.org/
For any questions or concerns please see our website, including the FAQ page, or contact the conference organizers at the email address below.
Conference Organisers:
Scott H. Boyd
Middle East Technical UniversityNorthern Cyprus Campus
Paul Reynolds
Edge Hill University

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Rouge Forum Conference 2014

ROUGE FORUM CONFERENCE 2014

THE ROUGE FORUM CONFERENCE 2014
The Struggle for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom
JUNE 5-7, 2014
DENVER, CO, USA
Keynote Speaker: David Barsamian
Location: Metropolitan State University of Denver in Downtown Denver, CO
Conference website: http://rougeforumconference.wordpress.com/

The Rouge Forum Dispatch
Rouge Forum Dispatch: Happy Holidays and Don’t Forget to “Read Marx and Make Class War!” (E. Wayne Ross)--is updated here: http://www.richgibson.com/blog/

Best wishes to Our Side
Rich Gibson

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  
'Cheerful Sin' – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Laddism and Higher Education

Laddism
LADDISM AND HIGHER EDUCATION

A Society for Research in Higher Education event
Date - 7 February 2014 ; 10.30 - 16.30
Venue - SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE
Network - Student Experience Network (SEN)

A one-day SEN symposium discussing masculine behaviours and student culture.
The Student Experience Network of the SRHE is holding a one day symposium on laddism and Higher Education. Its focus is on the intersection of such masculine behaviours with student culture, minorities, lived experience, and the night-time economy, all areas which also inform and shape pedagogical identities. The day has been organised following the NUS' 2013 report on lad culture in higher education, That's What She Said and is thus orientated towards asking how the HE sector should respond to research findings and what further research is necessary.

Emerging Themes from That's What She Said with a discussion on further research and actions
Isabel Young (co-author of report), seconded by Kelly Temple (NUS)
This presentation reports on a research project, funded by the National Union of Students, which sought to explore women students’ experiences of ‘lad culture’ in educational, social and personal spheres. The project consisted of two parts: (1) a thematic literature review covering areas such as gender and education, cultural studies and policy sociology; and (2) in-depth qualitative research using focus groups and semi-structured interviews with a sample of 40 women students, focusing on their experiences of teaching and learning, extra-curricular activities, social life, and sex and relationships. The findings of this research show that although ‘laddism’ is only one of a variety of potential masculinities, there exists at least a significant minority of women students who find ‘lad cultures’ problematic, citing issues such as misogynist ‘banter’, objectification of women and sexual pressure and harassment. This presentation explores some of the key themes to have emerged from the report, including the evolution of ‘laddism’ and its existence as a behavior; the connection between night economies and the propagation of ‘lad culture’; intersections between gender, race, (dis)ability, sexuality and ‘lad culture’, and more. It will conclude by looking ahead to further research possibilities and actions around the impact of ‘lad culture’ in higher education and more broadly.
Isabel Young has a BA in Sociology and an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex. Her research has explored BAME women's experiences of anti-Muslim racism, constructions of sexual violence on Facebook 'banter' sites, and most recently, the impact of ‘lad culture’ on women students in higher education. She has worked with Survivor’s Network, Woman’s Hour and UK Uncut on the issues of VAWG and the cuts. Isabel currently runs a community programme for migrant mothers as part of the Arbour’s Migrant Women’s Mentoring and Social Inclusion project based in East London.
isabelkayoung@gmail.com
Kelley Temple is the NUS National Women's Officer. She blogs at: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/blogs/blog/kelleytemple/
kelley.temple@nus.org.uk

Degrees of Laddishness: Laddism in Higher Education
Professor Carolyn Jackson and Dr. Stephen Dempster
This paper provides insights into how laddism is understood, perpetuated, legitimated and challenged among undergraduates in two British universities. We explore the perceived benefits of subscribing to laddish masculinities, and also the costs of laddishness for male and female students in both student social life and teaching/learning environments. We discuss the ways that laddishness can be problematic for men as well as women, but argue that viewing laddishness as existing in a continuum of potential masculine subject positionings not only enables a more sophisticated understanding of laddishness, but also may suggest strategies through which more extreme laddism might be challenged.
Carolyn Jackson is a Professor in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University, and Co-Director of the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education. She has published widely on gender issues in education. Her books include Lads and Ladettes in School: Gender and a Fear of Failure (2006), and Girls and Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas (2010, co-edited with Carrie Paechter and Emma Renold). She is currently engaged in two projects exploring laddism in higher education.
c.jackson2@lancaster.ac.uk
Dr. Steven Dempster is a Research and Teaching Associate in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University and the Dean of one of Lancaster’s undergraduate colleges.  Steve has published a number of papers on laddism in higher education and is currently working on a further project on laddism in HE, an evaluation of enhancement of teaching and learning in Scottish HEIs, and a study of the impact of the Harry Potter franchise on boys’ literacies.
s.dempster@lancaster.ac.uk

Chanting Students
Dr. Matthew Cheeseman
I began researching and collecting examples of student chanting in 2005 and have found them a stimulating way of thinking about students and their experience of higher education. Far from simple, chants are both verbal forms and performances, full of contradictory meanings and creadings. In this paper I look at how they are received by others and how they operate as expressions of student identity and enactments of 'lad culture'. Using data collected following an ethnographic methodology, I attempt to situate chanting within larger and no less contradictory performances (such as being a student) and explain its relationship to a language that has become a totemic within the United Kingdom: banter.
Dr. Matthew Cheeseman is a Research and Teaching Associate at the University of Sheffield. He works between English Literature, Folklore, Creative Writing, Music and Education. Alongside Dr. Camille Kandiko, he convenes the Student Experience Network for the SRHE, arranging approximately three symposiums a year. He blogs at http://www.einekleine.com.

Round table on Students' Union responses, programmes and strategies alongside thoughts on further research.
Abigail Burman, Sophie van der Ham and Kelly Temple
Abigail Burman is an American undergraduate at the University of Oxford. During her time at university she's served as her college's Equal Opportunities Officer, focusing on issues of violence and harassment and helped form the first University-wide campaign against sexual violence.
Sophie van der Ham completed a BA in English literature and linguistics at the University of Amsterdam & Edinburgh. She came to the University of Sussex to study an MA in Gender Studies and co-chaired the Women's Group on campus. She was elected welfare officer at the University of Sussex Students' Union and is carrying on the zero tolerance to sexual harassment and discrimination campaign that was started by the previous welfare officer. The campaign has been mentioned by The Guardian and aims to work constructively with the University in introducing a sexual violence policy.
The day will conclude with a general discussion, with the option to splinter into smaller groups in order to discuss research strands.

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  
'Cheerful Sin' – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Anglia Ruskin University, Department of Education, Research Seminars - 2014

Professor Dave Hill

ANGLIA 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)


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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  
'Cheerful Sin' – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

International Conference on Critical Education - IV

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CRITICAL EDUCATION – IV
IV ICCE
23-26 June 2014
Thessaloniki
Greece
Critical Education in an Age of Crisis
Conference website: http://www.eled.auth.gr/icce2014/

CALL FOR PAPERS
The outbreak of the economic, social, and political crisis is affecting education at a global scale. The crisis, in tandem with the dominant neoliberal and neoconservative politics that are implemented and promoted internationally as the only solution, redefine the sociopolitical and ideological role of education. Public education is shrinking. It loses its status as a social right. It is projected as a mere commodity for sale while it becomes less democratic and critical.
Understanding the causes of the crisis, the special forms it takes in different countries and the multiple ways in which it influences education, constitutes important questions for all those who do not limit their perspectives to the horizon of neoconservative, neoliberal and technocratic dogmas. Moreover, the critical education movement has the responsibility to rethink its views and practices in light of the crisis as well as the paths that this crisis opens for challenging and overthrowing capitalist domination worldwide.
The International Conference on Critical Education, which was held in Athens in 2011 and 2012 and Ankara in 2013, provides a platform for scholars, educators, activists and others interested in the subject to come together and engage in a free, democratic and productive dialogue. At a time of crisis when public education is under siege by neoliberalism and neoconservatism, we invite you to submit a proposal and to attend the IV International Conference on Critical Education to reflect on the theory and practice of critical education and to contribute to the field.

Keynote Speakers:
Ayhan Ural (Gazi University, Turkey)
Dave Hill (Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK)
George Grollios (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Glenn Rikowski (Flow of Ideas) on ‘Education and Crisis’
Grant Banfield (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
Guy Senese (University of North Arizona, USA)
Hasan Huseyin Aksoy (Ankara University, Turkey)
Kostas Skordoulis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Lois Weiner (New Jersey City University, USA)

Panayota Gounari (University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA)
Panayotis Sotiris (University of the Aegean, Mitilini, Greece)

Periklis Pavlidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Ravi Kumar (South Asian University, New Delhi, India)
Tasos Liambas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  
'Cheerful Sin' – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Critical Education - Call for Manuscripts

CRITICAL EDUCATION – CALL FOR PAPERS

SPECIAL SERIES
CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS

The Media and the Neoliberal Privatization of Education

Series editors: Derek R. Ford (Syracuse University), Brad Porfilio (Lewis University), Rebecca A. Goldstein (Montclaire State University)
Abstracts due:Dec.31,2013
Manuscripts due: May1,2014

As the neoliberal agenda for public education in North America intensifies, educational literature has increasingly turned its attention toward understanding the logics and processes of neoliberal
privatization. Additionally, attention has been paid as to how educators resist these processes and practices, both in the classroom and beyond. This special issue seeks to deepen our understanding of the neoliberal privatization of education by extending critical examinations to an underrepresented field of cultural production: that of mainstream media reporting on education and the neoliberal privatization of education, which many believe represents a new round of primitive accumulation. By examining and analyzing the mainstream media’s relationship to the processes in which neoliberal education ideologies are constructed, reflected, and reified, articles in this issue will explicate the various ways in which the mainstream media has helped facilitate and legitimate neoliberalism as universal logic in reforming education, both locally and globally. Articles will also speak to how critical educations have guided students in K-20 schools to understand the mainstream media’s relationship to supporting the neoliberal takeover of schools.

We welcome conceptual, empirical, theoretical, pedagogical and narrative articles that approach this topic from a variety of perspectives and frameworks. Articles included in the special issue may ask and examine questions such as, but not limited to:
* How has media coverage of teachers’ unions and teachers’ strikes reinforced and/or advanced privatization?
* What shift has taken place in terms of who is positioned in the media as educational “experts”?
* What are the differences between the way that various major news networks, newspapers, and news magazines talk about educational privatization?
* How are Teach For America and Teach For All being propelled by media coverage?
* What are the variations in media coverage of the neoliberal agenda for education?
* What are the alternatives and prospects for challenges to the mainstream media?
* How has ALEC impacted school reform policies and practices on the state level and to what extent has the media covered it?
* How have critical educators positioned their students to understand the mainstream media’s role in supporting the corporate agenda for schooling?

Critical Education is an international peer-reviewed journal, which seeks manuscripts that critically examine contemporary education contexts and practices. Critical Education is interested in theoretical and empirical research as well as articles that advance educational practices that challenge the existing state of affairs in society, schools, and informal education.

An early expression of interest and a 250-500 word abstract is preferred by December 31, 2013. Please address correspondence to drford@syr.edu and include "Critical Education" in the subject line.
For details on manuscript submission, please visit

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  
'Cheerful Sin' – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

New Marxist Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Colonialism

NEW MARXIST PERSPECTIVES ON GENDER, RACE, AND COLONIALISM

International Marxist-Humanists Public Meeting in London

Thursday 7th November 2013, 7.30pm
The Artists Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square (Holborn Tube)

Convened by David Black

Speakers:
Heather Brown on "Marx and the Dialectics of Gender and the Family"
Kevin B. Anderson on "Marx and Said on Colonialism"
Peter Hudis on "Frantz Fanon as a Hegelian-Marxist" 

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Friday, November 1, 2013

DPR Conference Newsletter - October 2013

DPR CONFERENCE NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2013

DISCOURSE, POWER AND RESISTANCE IN EDUCATION
DPR14 - Research and Practice: Exchange and Change
University of Greenwich, UK – 8-10 April, 2014

Dear Colleagues

The conference is taking shape. The first call for papers is 3 December 2013; but abstracts are already coming in. Click here to see the abstracts already accepted, and here for the symposia proposed so far. DPR is democractic; and the conference reflects this, taking shape and developing its agenda as colleagues discuss ideas and as proposals come in. We strongly encourage you to get involved at this early stage by sending in proposals for papers, workshops, posters, exhibition work or performance relating to the issues around exchange and change. Help to shape the conference agenda.

Recently I asked colleagues what DPR meant to them. DPR conferences have been held each year since 2002, a book series has widely published conference themes and issues, for the last five years the journal Power and Education has extended the discussion, and an international network is growing as DPR colleagues work together and share ideas. What is this all about, and why does it matter? Here are some of the answers colleagues gave me:

  • DPR is a space for rebellious thinking and a master class in theory and philosophy around contemporary culture and education
  • DPR is a stimulating environment to be immersed in
  • DPR is a seed bank – a nuclear bunker – where ideas, values, practices, things that really matter can be kept safely alive until the sickness of neoliberalism has gone by
  • DPR is not elitist: it’s a good place to be for researchers and practitioners new and old
  • DPR is serious, but it’s extraordinarily friendly and invigorating.

Here is a quote from the flyer for DPR14: “DPR is political because teaching, learning and research are political: social justice requires that new understandings lead to action. DPR14 sets out to understand and to share the huge diversity of insights that only a truly international conference can bring together; to take courage, with a view to making things change.”

The DPR website has been updated. We hope it will be easy to use and a quick way to find out everything you need to know about the conference, the venue, travel, accommodation, registration and fees. Further information is being added regularly so please keep browsing the site.

Two news items:
1.       Pat Sikes has asked me to circulate information about the 2014 Qualitative Book of the Year Award: Call for Nominations. (Deadline: November 15, 2013). Click here to find out more.
2.       Dorit Kedar has sent information about the publication of her major project: The Book of Inter-religious Peace in Word and Image. Click here to read more.

Please will you help to spread the word about the conference by forwarding this Newsletter to colleagues, networks and institutions you think may be interested. Please contact me if there is any further information you would like, or to discuss a possible contribution to the conference.

With all best wishes
Jerome  (Jerome Satterthwaite – on behalf of the DPR Management Team)

STOP PRESS: Stefan Collini – author of What Are Universities For? (Penguin, 2012) has agreed to be a keynote speaker. For a foretaste of his brilliant wit and comprehensive understanding of contemporary Higher Education, read his Sold Out in the London Review of Books, 24 October 2013.

Note: Click here to read this newsletter via the DPR website.

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  
'Cheerful Sin' – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues (MERD) - Seminar XVII



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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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  
'Cheerful Sin' – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Marx, Bourdieu and Education

MARX, BOURDIEU AND EDUCATION

A Seminar at the University of East London
6th November 2013, 4.00-6.00pm
University of East London
The Cass School of Education
UEL Stratford Campus
Room ED2.04.

Two papers will be presented:

On the relations between Marx and Bourdieu – by Professor Donald Broady, Uppsala University, Sweden

Capitals and strategies in the space of upper secondary and higher education: The case of Sweden – by Tobias Dalberg, Uppsala University, Sweden

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

Convenor: Alpesh Maisuria

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  
'Cheerful Sin' – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski
All that is Solid for Glenn Rikowski: http://rikowski.wordpress.com
The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk
Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski
Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Nihilist Optimism

NIHILIST OPTIMISM

A new blog from Stevphen Shukaitis


I'll be posting various ramblings and writings about cultural politics, class composition, and various other anarcho-autonomous things.

Hopefully some of them will be interesting to you.
Cheers
Stevphen

Here's a few things that have been posted already:

Shit, Violence, Love, and Art (Interviewing Ubermorgen.com): http://nihilistoptimism.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/shit-violence-love-and-art-interviewing.html

Work, It’s the Sound of the Police (some good old fashioned anti-work ranting): http://nihilistoptimism.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/work-its-sound-of-police.html

Fragment on Comparative Decomposition (arguing for greater focus on dynamics of class decomposition): http://nihilistoptimism.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/fragment-on-comparative-decomposition.html

What Are You Reading For? Modes of Critique, Modes of Production (thoughts on Bill Hicks, labor, education, network culture): http://nihilistoptimism.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/what-are-you-reading-for-modes-of.html

Recomposing precarity (Notes on the laboured politics of class composition): http://nihilistoptimism.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/recomposing-precarity-notes-on-laboured.html

Speaking Code to Power (review of Geoff Cox's new book): http://nihilistoptimism.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/speaking-code-to-power.html

Metropolitan Strategies, Psychogeographic Investigations (on combining psychogeography and workers' inquiry): http://nihilistoptimism.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/metropolitan-strategies.html

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  
'Cheerful Sin' – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski
The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk
Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Conference on Equity and Social Justice 2014

CONFERENCE ON EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE 2014
Conference Theme: Social Justice Education Out of Bounds: New Frameworks and Alliances
March 1, 2014 – Sheraton Syracuse University Conference Center
Proposal Deadline: November 9, 2013
Acceptance Notification: December 13, 2013
Registration Will Open: January 15, 2014
Conference Directors:
Dr. Brad Porfilio, Lewis University; Derek Ford, Syracuse University; Dr. Julie Gorlewski, SUNY New Paltz; Dr. David Gorlewski, D’Youville College
With support by: Syracuse University School of Education; Cultural Foundations of Education

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  
'Cheerful Sin' – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski
All that is Solid for Glenn Rikowski: http://rikowski.wordpress.com
The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk
Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Historical Materialism Tenth Annual Conference - Registration

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM TENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE - REGISTRATION

Online registration for HM London 2013 Conference now available

The amounts are suggested voluntary donations.

Those with financial issues should contact us at: historicalmaterialism@soas.ac.uk

Registration: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual10/register

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski
All that is Solid for Glenn Rikowski: http://rikowski.wordpress.com
The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk
Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski