Via socialistpartyaustralia.org an intriguing flyer for Rogue Education Conference in Melbourne this weekend.
From Friday 14th – Sunday 16th September, a gathering will take place at Trades Hall in Melbourne where people can critically examine this profound shift and build networks to resist it. We want to share stories, build networks, learn, argue, and inspire. We want to create a space that breeds engagement and resistance outside of elite institutions known as “Universities”.
INSTITUTIONS – students’ experiences of education institutions that have been radically altered under a right wing political system
CAPITALISM – all they taught you at school was how to be a good worker/ boss
DISSENT – we can learn a lot from campus based struggles and alternative approaches to education, both nationally and internationally
Upon downloading the conference programme, a calendar of speakers and discussion sessions includes such as the following:
An amazing documentary account of the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation in the 60′s and 70′s. This story of a trade union whose social and political activities challenged the notion of what a union should be, is incredibly relevant to education activists and student unions today.
Margaret Thornton: ‘The Impact of Commodification on the Student Experience’
Geoff Boucher: ‘Crisis Tendencies in Higher Education—Market Failures, Neoconservative Moralism and Technocratic Solutions’
Damien Cahill: ‘Neoliberalism and the War on Terror: The RealRoad to Serfdom’
Engagemedia: the state of online independent media and how to use it as a campaign tool
Dave Eden: Treasonous Minds: Capital and Universities, the Ideology of the Intellectual and the Desire for Mutiny
Anja Kanngieser: It’s our Academy: Autonomous and Free Universities as a Strategy for Reclaiming Knowledge
Carol Peterson: Sick of the job networks compulsory bullshit training? Ways to resist for those people who haven’t given up on the social wage