Prospecting: Extraction, Speculation, and Liberation in the Accelerated Academy

CFP – Prospecting: Extraction, Speculation, and Liberation in the Accelerated Academy  (Accelerated Academy 7) Nov. 22-23, 2019 Michigan State University Digital Scholarship Lab An interdisciplinary symposium on the future of academic life and labor, organized by Zach Kaiser (MSU) and Erin Glass (UC San Diego) In theory, the academy is an institution of research and … Continue reading Prospecting: Extraction, Speculation, and Liberation in the Accelerated Academy

A 10-Day Run Up to My PhD Viva: An Alternative Tale

By Aliandra Lazzari Barlete, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. First published on the FERSA blog run by graduate students at the Faculty of Education in Cambridge. 02 May 2019, 11am. I hit the treadmill at the College’s gym. My PhD viva is scheduled to start at 2pm. My anxiety levels skyrocketed, and I need to make sure all … Continue reading A 10-Day Run Up to My PhD Viva: An Alternative Tale

The Platform University

This special issue of Discover Society collects articles from speakers at last year’s inaugrial Platform University conference at the University of Cambridge. It has been published to coincide with the release of the call for papers for the second conference, taking place in December at Lancaster University. The Platform University, by Mark Carrigan Assembling the … Continue reading The Platform University

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

Ranking respect: Can teacher status be compared across countries?

By Katherine Aleynikova The more the teachers in a country are respected, the higher the academic results are amongst their students, or so the Global Teacher Status Index 2018 claims to prove. As instinctively plausible as the argument is, and as easily agreeable (who would argue against respecting teachers?), I have to wonder how exactly … Continue reading Ranking respect: Can teacher status be compared across countries?