Special Issue of Workplace Journal on ‘Marx, Engels and the Critique of Academic Labor’

Karen Gregory and I have edited a special issue of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, which focuses on the contribution that Marx and Engels' work can make to the critical study of academic labour. This is also something I explored in my earlier article for Workplace, 'Writing about academic labor'. In addition to editing the … Continue reading Special Issue of Workplace Journal on ‘Marx, Engels and the Critique of Academic Labor’

From research student to academic: thinking about and preparing for academic work

http://www.slideshare.net/josswinn/from-research-student-to-academic-thinking-about-and-preparing-for-academic-work At the request of students, I'm running a session at our doctoral study school next week on the 'transition' (that makes it sound smoother than it actually is) from doctoral student to an academic career. It's allowed me to read a number of articles, reports and guides that are essentially talking about academic labour. … Continue reading From research student to academic: thinking about and preparing for academic work

The co-operative university: Labour, property and pedagogy

I begin this article by discussing the recent work of academics and activists to identify the advan- tages and issues relating to co-operative forms of higher education, and then focus on the ‘worker co-operative’ organisational form and its applicability and suitability to the governance of and practices within higher educational institutions. Finally, I align the … Continue reading The co-operative university: Labour, property and pedagogy

Call for Papers: Marx, Engels and the Critique of Academic Labor

UPDATE 02/02/15 We've received and accepted some excellent responses to this CfP but we're hoping for more. Consequently, the deadline for abstracts has been extended until the 1st March. All other dates remain the same. If you're thinking of submitting an abstract please note that we're specifically looking for "...papers that acknowledge the foundational work of … Continue reading Call for Papers: Marx, Engels and the Critique of Academic Labor

“Labour is not a commodity”. Mapping out assumptions on ‘labour’ in the co-operative movement

I'm approaching co-operative higher education in terms of 'labour, property, and pedagogy' (a revised, refereed journal paper should be published early next year). With this in mind, I've been thinking about a recent Call for Papers for a conference on 'Co-operatives and the world of work' (2015) and recalled the World Declaration on Worker Co-operatives (2005), which references … Continue reading “Labour is not a commodity”. Mapping out assumptions on ‘labour’ in the co-operative movement

Writing About Academic Labour

This essay calls for a return to the labour theory of Marx, or rather to Marx’s negative critique of labour and its “pivotal” role in comprehending the political economy of higher education. It argues that a critique of capitalism and its apparent complexity must be undertaken through an immanent critique of labour, rather than from the standpoint of labour as has … Continue reading Writing About Academic Labour

Student debt linked to the value of academic labour?

Andrew McGettigan has posted a useful analysis of the government's 'plans' for financing higher education. What struck me was his last remark: "In immediate policy terms, OBR assumes that tuition fees will rise with inflation from 2016-17, and then in line with earnings from 2019-20. As they have emphasised in previous years, without the link … Continue reading Student debt linked to the value of academic labour?