Saturday, May 28, 2016



Announcing the publication of a special issue of Darkmatter Journal, "Reflections on Dispossession: Critical Feminisms" eds. Brenna Bhandar and Davina Bhandar, with contributions from Sara R. Farris, Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller, Alyosha Goldstein, Leticia Sabsay and Rafeef Ziadah.

This collection traces a path for contemporary critiques of neoliberal capitalism and colonial dispossession. The authors show the compelling need for complex strategies and tools to evaluate the interlocking or intersectional practices of dispossession, and their particular effects on racialised, Indigenous, sexualized, and gendered subjects. 

Darkmatter is an open access journal, and the special issue can be accessed here:

Praise for "Reflections on Dispossession":

"Crossing centuries, oceans, continents, and disciplines, this ambitious and extraordinary collection shows how the logic of dispossession and its productions of difference reach into a present that avows colorblindness and erases coloniality. In its courtrooms, border checkpoints, intimacies, reform impulses, prisons, refugee camps, and regimes of accumulation, the neoliberal order is shown to draw on and recalibrate histories of gendered colonial oppression as long as they are deep." - David Roediger (University of Kansas) 

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Forest Voices Choir - Singing at the Gate


On 16th June 2016, from 6.30 to 8.00pm Forest Voices will sing at The Gate Library and Community Centre

At: 4 – 20 Woodgrange Road
Forest Gate
London E7 0QH.
Come and join us for a free evening of song and enjoyment!
Light refreshments provided.

Funded by a “Let’s Get the Party Started” grant from the London Borough of Newham

Ruth Rikowski is a member of the Forest Voices choir, and will be singing with them at The Gate on 16th June.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Avant-Garde Pedagogies Conference

Higher Education and Theory (HEAT) Network
The Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture, and
The Philosophy of Education Research Centre, University of Winchester 

At: University of Westminster, London
309 Regent Street, London , W1B 2HW - View Map
8th and 9th July, 2016

To book your seat for the Avant-Garde Pedagogies conference, please follow this link: Book Now!

Schedule (tbc)

1.15pm – Registration (Foyer, 309 Regent Street)
1.30pm – Panel 1 (Room UG04)
–          Michael Kindellan, University of Sheffield, ‘Charles Olson’s pedagogical poetics’
–          Alan Golding, University of Louisville, ‘“Poetic Ambition on the Semester System”: Ezra Pound’s Avant-Gardism and Teaching Institutions’
2.45pm – Break (Room 209)
3.00pm – Panel 2 (Room UG04)
–          Kerstin Stutterheim, Bournemouth University, ‘Die Idee der Methode: Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus pedagogy’
–          Allan Parsons, University of Westminster, ‘You are Here Now: Design is (not) Dasein’
4.15pm – Break (Room 209)
4.30pm – Panel 3 (Room UG04)
–          Emile Bojesen, University of Winchester, tbc
–          Aislinn O’Donnell, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, ‘How Things Teach Us: Experience and Experimentation in Spinoza’
5.45pm – Drinks reception (Foyer, 309 Regent Street)

10.00am – Registration (Foyer, 309 Regent Street)
10.15am – Panel 4 (Room UG04)
–          Zlatina Nikolova, Royal Holloway, ‘Development of the Self: Women’s education in Bryher’s Early Prose’
–          Maria Teresa Cruz, New University of Libson (NOVA), ‘Avant-garde and Experimentation in the Age of Hyper Industrialization of Culture’
11.30am – Break (Room 209)
11.45am – Panel 5 (Room UG04)
–          Richard Miles, Leeds College of Art, ‘The School of the Damned: Autonomous Art education and the University Struggles’
–          David Blacker, University of Delaware, ‘The formula of inhumanity: moral challenge and neoliberal nihilism’
1.00pm – Lunch
2.00pm – Panel 6 (Room UG04)
–          Hannah Proctor, Birkbeck, University of London, tbc
–          Steven Cranfield, University of Westminster, ‘“Battles for the mind”: military psychiatry and pedagogic innovation in the ‘Cambridge English’ School
3.15pm – Break (Room 209)
3.30pm – Panel 7 (Room UG04)
–          Alys Moody, Macquarie University, ‘Learning with Brecht and Coetzee’
–          Gary Peters, York St John University, ‘The Music Teacher: The Pedagogy(s) of 20th Century Avant-garde Music’
4.45pm – Coffee Break (Room 209)
5.00pm – Panel 8 (Room UG04)
–          Peter Roberts, University of Canterbury, NZ, ‘Doubt, Despair and Education’
–          Closing Remarks
6.15pm – Conference Ends

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Why Library Is Not A Dirty Word: Reclaiming Its Power and Possibility: VENUE & PROGRAMME CHANGES

Ruth Rikowski


Friday, 10th June, @ 19:00 – 20.30 (BST)

There have been some changes to the venue and programme: though the day (Friday 10th June) and time (7.00 – 8.30pm) are still the same.

Apologies for the short notice

A talk and discussion about library campaigns, radical librarianship and re-imagining the library as a public space

New Venue:
The Coffee Bar
1 Toronto Avenue
Manor Park
E12 5JF
(In fact, only 3 minutes’ walk from the original venue, the Rabbits Road Institute. Just walk along the Romford Road towards Ilford, and The Froud Centre is easily recognisable: it’s on the corner between Toronto Avenue and Romford Road)

New Programme:
Speaker: Ruth Rikowski – writer, lecturer at London South Bank University, libraries professional and campaigner, author of Globalisation, Information and Libraries: The Implications of the World Trade Organisation’s GATS and TRIPS Agreements (Chandos Publishing), and a freelance editor for Chandos Publishing.

Followed by Discussion

Free Admission
No Registration Necessary
Soft drinks provided

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6th International Conference on Critical Education - 2016: Extended Deadline

10 – 13 August 2016
Middlesex University

Extended Call for Papers: 31st May 2016
The Deadline for Abstracts for the upcoming 6th ICCE Conference has been extended to the end of May.

Plenary  Speakers include:
Peter McLaren (Chapman University, Orange, California, USA)
Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy (Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey)
Grant Banfield (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
Joyce Canaan (Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK)
Hana Cervinkova (University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland)
Polina Chrysochou (Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK)
Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk (University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland)
Cassie Earl (Manchester Metropolitan Univesity, Manchester, UK)
Gail Edwards (Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK)
Ramin Farahmandpur (Portland State University, Portland, USA)
Derek Ford (Syracuse University, New York, USA)
Panayota Gounari (University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA)
Tom Griffiths (Newcastle University, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia)
George Grollios (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,Thessaloniki, Greece)
Dave Hill (Institute for Education Policy Studies & National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Gianna Katsampoura (National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece)
Leszek Koczanowicz (University of Sosial Sciences and Humanities, Wroclaw, Poland)
Vicky Makris (University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada)
Curry Malott (West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA)
Alpesh Maisuria (University of East London, London, UK)
Lilia Monzo (Chapman University, California, USA)
Jayne Osgood (Middlesex University, London, UK)
Periklis Pavlidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Leena Helavaara Robertson (Middlesex University, London, UK)
Fevziye Sayilan (Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey)
Kostas Skordoulis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
Juha Suoranta (University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland)
Spyros Themelis (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)
Meral Uysal (Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey)
Paolo Vittoria (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Ahmet Yildiz (Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey)

The conference website is 
Abstract Submission Form is at:  

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