Social co-operatives and the democratisation of higher education

Richard Hall and I presented the following paper at The Co-operative Education and Research Conference, 5-6 April 2017, Manchester. A link to download the paper is below the abstract. It is a version of our Introduction to the forthcoming book, Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education. This paper develops a critical analysis of 'intellectual leadership' … Continue reading Social co-operatives and the democratisation of higher education

Beyond public and private: A framework for co-operative higher education

The following paper has been accepted for the Co-operative Education conference 2016, Manchester (21-22nd April) The paper has also been accepted for the 2016 International Co-operative Alliance research conference in Almeria, Spain (May 24-27th). The paper will also be presented at the Universities in the Knowledge Economy (UNIKE) conference, Copenhagen, Denmark (14-17th June).  Prof. Mike Neary and … Continue reading Beyond public and private: A framework for co-operative higher education

Communes, commonism and co-ops: rethinking the university as a hackerspace

My abstract for the British HCI conference 2015 at the University of Lincoln. I'm on the 'HCI, politics and activism' panel. In this talk I reflect on the history of hacking and its origins in the 'commune' of the academy (Winn, 2013). I then discuss the role of Copyleft licenses (Stallman, 2010) as "the practical … Continue reading Communes, commonism and co-ops: rethinking the university as a hackerspace

A Short History of Hacking: Values and principles for co-operative higher education

My keynote talk for Newcastle College's Student as Producer conference, March 27th 2015.  Thank you for inviting me here today to contribute to your student conference. It's a real privilege and luxury to be able to spend the day with you and to learn about all the great work you're doing. Last year, my friend Prof. Mike Neary … Continue reading A Short History of Hacking: Values and principles for co-operative higher education

Labour, property and pedagogy: Theory and practice for co-operative higher education

Earlier this week, I gave a paper at the EU-funded UNIKE conference: Universities in the knowledge economy: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific and Europe. The theme of the conference is outlined as follows: "What is the place of universities in the emerging ‘ecology’ of higher education systems that straddle industry, government and the public sphere? How are … Continue reading Labour, property and pedagogy: Theory and practice for co-operative higher education

Social solidarity co-operatives for higher education

My talk for the 'Co-operative higher education/What next for the co-operative university?' panel at the 'Learning together: Perspectives in co-operative education' conference, December 9th 2014. Conversion, dissolution, creation Some of you may be aware of a bibliography I've been maintaining over the last year that is an attempt to collect anything written relating to co-operative higher education. … Continue reading Social solidarity co-operatives for higher education

The Co-operative University: Labour, property and pedagogy

My paper for the conference, Governing Academic Life is available for download and I welcome comments here or via email. Thank you. Abstract We are witnessing an “assault” on universities (Bailey and Freedman, 2011) and the future of higher education and its institutions is being “gambled.” (McGettigan, 2013) For many years now, we have been … Continue reading The Co-operative University: Labour, property and pedagogy

The university as a hackerspace (‘Friction’ conference)

A paper for ‘Friction: An interdisciplinary conference on technology & resistance‘, University of Nottingham, Thursday 8th May & Friday 9th May. In a paper published last year, I argued for a different way of understanding the emergence of hacker culture. (Winn 2013) In doing so, I outlined an account of ‘the university’ as an institution … Continue reading The university as a hackerspace (‘Friction’ conference)

A Contribution to the Critique of the Political Economy of Academic Labour

The following paper abstract has been accepted for the Academic Identities conference 2014. I will be co-presenting with Prof. Richard Hall (De Montfort). In this paper we analyse ‘academic labour’ using categories developed by Marx in his critique of political economy. In doing so, we return to Marx to help understand the work of academics … Continue reading A Contribution to the Critique of the Political Economy of Academic Labour