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Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues VI


Realms of Freedom: Struggles, Alternatives and Agency in Education


Wednesday 4th May 2005
9.00 – 5.00
School of Education Foundations & Policy Studies
University of London
20 Bedford Way, London WC1

9.00 – 9.30:
9.30 – 10.00:
Tony Green (University of London, Institute of Education) and Glenn Rikowski (University College Northampton)
10.00 – 10.30:
Dennis Beach (University College Boras, Sweden) and Bob Jeffrey (Open University) On Struggles, Alternatives and Agency in Education
10.30 – 11.00:
Joanna Swann (University of Brighton) Student-initiated Curricula: A Cornerstone of Learning For Democracy 
11.00 – 11.30:
Stewart Ranson (University of Warwick) Towards a Theory of Practice for Remaking Civil Society: The Legacies of the Early Hegel and Early Marx
11.30 – 12.00:
12.00 – 12.30:
Joyce Canaan (University of Central England) Teaching Critical Hope to 'Dumbed Down' Students:  View from a Work-Intensified Lecturer
12.30 – 1.00:
Dave Hill (University College Northampton) What Neoliberal Global and National Capitals are Doing to Education Workers. And what Education Workers in Academia can Do about it
1.00 – 2.00:
2.00 – 2.30:
Arlo Kempf (OISE, University of Toronto, Canada) Manifesto for the Anti-Capitalist Movement
2.30 – 3.00:
Jerome Satterthwaite (University of Plymouth) The Scholarly Apparatus: What is it, Who needs it, Why?
3.00 – 3.30:
Neil Southwell (University College Northampton) Oh Shit: Freedom! (A Truant’s Reminiscences)
3.30 – 3.45:
3.45 – 5.00:

The Seminar is free, but places are limited. To reserve a place, please contact Glenn Rikowski at:

Call for Papers

International Symposium on Urban Education and Intercultural Learning


Saturday 30th April 2005
International Symposium D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York

This symposium will examine and share ideas, projects, research and instructional strategies that surround the topic of promoting intercultural learning in urban settings or other challenging educational contexts.

We encourage proposals from teacher educators, K-12 teachers, college and university-based researchers and practitioners, university students and school-based administrators.

Submissions focusing upon the following areas will be received for review:

  1. successful teaching and learning strategies;
  2. theoretical/conceptual ideas which may include philosophical and historical examinations;
  3. empirical research;
  4. administrative initiatives geared to promoting equity and multiculturalism;
  5. ongoing research.

Presenters may choose to present using a panel format, in a workshop design or as an individual presentation. Presenters will be expected to pay a reduced conference fee.

Proposals need to include a 150 – 200 word summary of the presentation and/or study. Proposals need to contain names, institutional affiliations, telephone numbers, and email addresses of the presenters.

Please forward by February 15, 2005 proposal submissions to: Responses will be made by February 25th.

For general inquiries contact Frank Brathwaite at:

Keynote Address: Dr. Peter McLaren

Critical Pedagogy Reloaded: Dispatches from the Belly of the Beast

Dr. Peter McLaren is Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, in the Division of Urban Schooling. A former elementary school teacher and community activist from Toronto, Canada, he began his teaching career at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. In 1984, after receiving his Ph.D. from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, in 1983. In 1985 he began teaching a Miami University of Ohio and was appointed Renowned Scholar-in-Residence at Miami University's School of Education and Allied Professions in 1990, where he also served as Director of the Center for Education and Cultural Studies. He has been teaching at UCLA since 1993. Professor McLaren has authored and edited over 30 books on critical pedagogy, the sociology of education, critical literacy, critical ethnography, cultural studies and social theory.

Other Key Speakers:

Greg Dimitriadis is interested in new ways of thinking about urban education and the policies which serve urban youth. More specifically, he is interested in the potential value and importance of non-traditional educational curricula (e.g., popular culture), programs (e.g., arts-based initiatives), and institutions (e.g., community centers) in the lives of disenfranchised young people. His work has appeared in several books as well as journals including Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Educational Theory, Popular Music, Qualitative Inquiry, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Theory and Research in Social Education.

Dr. Carl James teaches in the Faculty of Education and also in the Department of Sociology and the School of Social Work at York University. His research interests include equity as related to race, class, gender and citizenship as well as multiculturalism, anti-racism, and youth.

Dr. Avis Glaze joined the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board as Director of Education in March 2002. She has taught at all levels of the education system, including elementary and secondary schools, community college and university, and has worked in many school districts across the province. She has held supervisory officer positions, in both public and Catholic school systems, for almost 20 years. Prior to her appointment as Director of Education at KPR, she held the position of Associate Director of Education for the York Region District School Board. She is now Chief Student Achievement Officer of Ontario.

Dr. Dave Hill teaches at University College Northampton. Prior to that he taught in schools and colleges in inner-city London. For twenty years he was a political and labour union leader. With Mike Cole, in 1989, he co-founded the Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators and co-wrote the two Hillcole books on education: Changing the Future: Redprint for Education (1991), and Rethinking Education and Democracy: A Socialist Perspective (1997). Since this time, he has published numerous books, written numerous articles, and is the managing editor of Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies.