Is the social contract a racial contract and does it matter?

May 8th, 4:30 to 6pm (Room to be announced shortly) Sharon Walker, a doctoral candidate, will be engaging participants in the following question in order to engage with significant theoretical discussions about the place of race in the conceptual underpinnings of the 'social contract' (see full description below). All welcome and do come along to … Continue reading Is the social contract a racial contract and does it matter?

Our upcoming work in progress seminars

We have four work in progress sessions confirmed for Easter term: Charles Mathies (University of Jyvaskyla): We are doing it to ourselves: How university research management platforms are shaping academic research. 3rd May, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Donald McIntyre Building 2S3 Eric Lybeck (University of Manchester): The University Revolution: Re-thinking the Role of Higher Education in Modernity. 17th May, 12:00pm-1:30pm, … Continue reading Our upcoming work in progress seminars

Call for Papers for the Second Annual Conference: Capitalism, Social Science and the Platform University

28 – 29 November 2019 Lancaster University Higher education is increasingly ‘platformised’. Indeed, digital platforms have become ubiquitous. They are dominant intermediaries not only in our social, economic and political life, but have become central forms of capitalist accumulation. While platforms differ in terms of openness to developers and public access to data, they operate … Continue reading Call for Papers for the Second Annual Conference: Capitalism, Social Science and the Platform University

Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being

Thursday 7 March, 4.30pm to 6pm, DMB 1S3 Faculty of Education, Hills Road, Cambridge In this seminar, Colleen McLaughlin explores Schools, psychosocial well-being and agency: From fragmentation to coherence and Caroline Sarojini Hart discusses A capability approach to children’s well-being, agency and participatory rights in education.  As well as hearing from both speakers, there will be plenty of time for … Continue reading Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being

Progs v Trads: EduTwitter and educational culture wars

A work in progress seminar with Steve Watson on January 11th, from 12pm to 1:30pm in Donald McIntyre Building 2S3.  EduTwitter may be a uniquely British or even English social-media phenomenon, but it has, in the last five years been the site of extraordinary activity involving teachers, educators and consultants in an online engagement about state … Continue reading Progs v Trads: EduTwitter and educational culture wars

Why Do Children’s Aspirations Matter?

A work in progress seminar with Caroline Hart on January 25th, from 12pm to 1:30pm in Donald McIntyre Building 2S3.  Caroline’s theoretical work builds on Amartya Sen’s capability approach and Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology as well as Social Quality Theory. Caroline will offer some reflections on her research journey and how developing a model of aspiration … Continue reading Why Do Children’s Aspirations Matter?