Tag: Education

Teaching: Notes on the Thought of Luce Irigaray

Key Concept One of the major concerns for Irigaray regarding education, and in my view perhaps the most important one, involves the absence of horizontal relations in the classroom. Indeed, Irigaray writes: Education is still based on the characteristics of the male subject, and seldom takes interest in the values of the female subject. Subject-object…

Rape is Different: Academic Impact Sinks to New Lows

The neoliberalisation of the university could be undermining decades of progress in combatting rape myths.Two weeks ago the LSE Department of Law hosted its inaugural ‘Debating Law’ public event, drawing an audience that filled all 400 seats of its largest lecture theatre and working with the LSE’s events team to ensure the debate attracted maximum…

Michael Gove: Education, Re-moralistation and Foreign Policy

Edu­ca­tion can set the scene for the pro­duc­tion of a norm­at­ive moral order and, in the neo­con­ser­vat­ive argu­ment, spread­ing this moral order (demo­cracy and cap­it­al­ism) is the best way of pro­tect­ing that order. “Disgrace, you’re a disgrace!” jeered Michael Gove to Tory backbenchers after the British government’s defeat over intervention in Syria. Those who are…

Adjunct, Class, Fear

Following the death of Mary Vojtko – an adjunct faculty member – there has been an increasing focus on the role of non-tenure track academics in the US and the role of ‘zero-hour’ contracts in UK universities. Here Maria Maisto develops some thoughts on questions of unionisation and organisation.The biggest obstacle to organizing adjunct (part-time…

The Political in the Contract Classroom

Suggestions for a decolonized or radical set of pedagogic techniques in contract law When we started ‘The Public Life of Private Law’ one of the conversations we wanted to have with participants, and with others following the series, was about teaching private law from a critical perspective. In particular, we wanted to think about how those of…

The Antagonistic University? A conversation on cuts, conviviality and capitalism

Anja: Let me begin by posing three questions. Firstly, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that modes of labour are appropriating cognitive, communicational and affective skills. What does this mean to you for the political potential of academic and collaborative work? Secondly, given that there are massive cuts being proposed to the education sector through a regime of…

Decolonizing the Teaching of Human Rights?

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According to the new Bolivian constitution, education is “one of the most important functions and primary financial responsibilities of the State”; it is “unitary, public, universal, democratic, participatory, communitarian, decolonizing and of quality” (art. 78, I); and, throughout the entire educational system, it is “intra-cultural, inter-cultural and multi-lingual” (art. 78, II), where its “inter-cultural character…

‘Adjunct’ Faculty in the Neoliberal University

Chris from Remaking the University writes to introduce a post by Ivan Evans, professor of sociology at UC San Diego. Tarak Barkawi’s opinion piece, “The Neoliberal Assault on Academia,” produced a long discussion on several lists because of its claim that faculty have played a central role in shifting their universities towards revenue metrics and managerial…