Letters from Utopia, first published in Post-16 Educator (84). Download PDF. “The state of abundance is not a Utopian vision but the real possibility of conditions already in existence.” (Kay and Mott, Political Order and the Law of Labour, 1982, 1) What follows is a series of short letters written by a student from the University of … Continue reading The University of Utopia
Students are increasingly organising themselves around co-operative values and principles, providing goods, services and housing to their members. There are a growing number of student housing co-ops (in Sheffield, Birmingham, Edinburgh...), an emerging national body of student housing co-operatives, a national federation of student co-ops, and a new network of young co-operators led by AltGen, an organisation … Continue reading Students for Co-operation Winter Conference
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
My question is: In undertaking a degree, does a student exchange their labour power for anything? i.e. Is student learning/studying a form of labour? These are just some initial notes. Comments welcome. Quoting from Chapter 6 of Capital: 'The Sale and Purchase of Labour-Power'. Translation of online version differs from Penguin Classics/Fowkes version below. My … Continue reading Is student learning a form of 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?
The Ciné-Tracts  project was undertaken by a number of French directors as a means of taking direct revolutionary action during and after the events of May 1968. Contributions were made by Godard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais and others during this period. Each of the Ciné-Tracts consists of 100 feet of 16mm black and white … Continue reading Cinétracts. Revolutionary filmmaking