Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Education Meets Neoliberalism and the Political Economy of Precarity (Middlesex University 14th Feb 2014)


Many thanks to Phoebe Moore and Elizabeth Cotton at Middlesex University for inviting me to speak on behalf of Ruskin College at an event this Friday which is being hosted by colleagues at Middlesex under the auspices of the British International Study Association's (BISA) International Political Economy Group (IPEG).

Full details of the event are available at:

The event is described below:

These talks and workshops will critically examine the political economy of current changes in education policy in the United Kingdom and internationally as it has impacted and impacts marginalized groups as well as educators. Discussions will touch on the political economy of precarity and ask difficult questions about the flexilisation of the labour market and how it is reflected in every level of education. 
Participants will look at changes to education in all levels of education from secondary to University, adult, community and trade union education including the depoliticisation of pedagogies and curricula. Further challenges are brought about through introduction of new technologies including distance learning, online administration and new performance indicators, all of which we will argue can be appropriated for critical use.
The changing role of educators will be assessed as we look at critical pedagogies, the seen purpose for private involvement in education and the concept of ‘employability’, internships and possibilities for critique and intervention. In that light we invite educators, public intellectuals and trade unionists who look at the need for specific absences to be revisited. This also includes critical investigations around the understanding of the dangers of precarity for mental health, the costs of precarity for educators and students, political trade union education and the waning of working class and disability representation in recent education policy as well as the classroom.
Please  do register for the event and come along  and engage in what promises to be a highly thought-provoking event on the current state of education.
In Solidarity

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