Postone on power, structure and agency

A recurring question that students raise is, in one way or another, a question about the relationship between social structures and human agency (e.g. the regulatory power of state education and the agency of teachers). I encountered this again at a recent conference, where the discussion about the progressive potential of co-operatives became a discussion about the power … Continue reading Postone on power, structure and agency

There is an alternative: A report on an action research project to develop a framework for co-operative higher education

Mike Neary and I have had an article published in Learning and Teaching. The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences. The article is the first of two publications arising from our ISRF-funded project (2015-16):  Beyond public and private: A model for co-operative higher education. A longer article is currently under review. An earlier … Continue reading There is an alternative: A report on an action research project to develop a framework for co-operative higher education

Tarkovsky’s ‘Mirror’ (1975)

Mosfilm's YouTube channel includes pristine 1080 HD, English subtitled versions of five of Andrei Tarkovsky's films, including Mirror, which is perhaps the most beautiful film I have seen in twenty years.1 Ivan’s Childhood (1962) Andrei Rublev – Part 1 – Part … Continue reading Tarkovsky’s ‘Mirror’ (1975)

  1. Though quite different, the films of Peter Hutton and Nathaniel Dorsky affected me in a similar way. []

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

Co-operative university ’roundtable’ at the Co-operative College

Last week, I attended a 'roundtable' event at the Co-operative College that focused on co-operative higher education. The Agenda was as follows: Dan Cook, author of Realising the Co-operative University (2013) has written up some notes of the meeting which you can read on his blog.  There is still much work to do but last week's event felt … Continue reading Co-operative university ’roundtable’ at the Co-operative College

Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education

Due out in August 2017... "This book critically analyses intellectual leadership in the university, exploring ongoing efforts from around the world to create alternative models for organizing higher education and the production of knowledge. Its authors offer their experience and views from inside and beyond the structures of mainstream higher education, in order to reflect … Continue reading Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education

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’

Review: Co-operation, learning and co-operative values

I have written a short review for the Journal of Education Policy of Co-operation, learning and co-operative values, edited by Tom Woodin. Here are the opening couple of paragraphs: As Tom Woodin points out in his Introduction to the book, Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values, the Rochdale Pioneers of the nineteenth century Co-operative movement aspired to ‘re-arrange … Continue reading Review: Co-operation, learning and co-operative values

A ‘co-operative mutual fund of communal interest’ for student finance?

One of the significant issues that our research into co-operative higher education has understandably raised is the extent to which it would be (must be?) regulated by the legislative framework for higher education in the UK. Depending on how you view it, one of the 'benefits' of working within the regulatory environment is that students are … Continue reading A ‘co-operative mutual fund of communal interest’ for student finance?

Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education

Reblogged from Richard Hall's website: Working with 20 co-authors, Joss Winn and I have just submitted the manuscript for Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education. The edited collection forms part of Bloomsbury Academic’s series on Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education. Assuming that the review process goes to plan, the book is slated for publication in early … Continue reading Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education