Saturday, May 31, 2014

Call for Manuscripts: The Media and the Neoliberal Privatization of Education

Call for Manuscripts: The Media and the Neoliberal Privatization of Education

Critical Education 
Series Editors:
Derek R. Ford, Syracuse University
Brad Porfilio, Lewis University
Rebecca A. Goldstein, Montclair State University
As the neoliberal agenda for public education in North America intensifies, educational literature has increasingly turned its attention toward understanding the logics and processes of neoliberal privatization. Additionally, attention has been paid as to how educators resist these processes and practices, both in the classroom and beyond. This special issue seeks to deepen our understanding of the neoliberal privatization of education by extending critical examinations to an underrepresented field of cultural production: that of mainstream media reporting on education and the neoliberal privatization of education, which many believe represents a new round of primitive accumulation. By examining and analyzing the mainstream media’s relationship to the processes in which neoliberal education ideologies are constructed, reflected, and reified, articles in this issue will explicate the various ways in which the mainstream media has helped facilitate and legitimate neoliberalism as a universal logic in reforming education, both locally and globally. Articles will also speak to how critical educations have guided students in K-20 schools to understand the mainstream media’s relationship to supporting the neoliberal takeover of schools.
We welcome conceptual, empirical, theoretical, pedagogical and narrative articles that approach this topic from a variety of perspectives and frameworks. Articles included in the special issue may ask and examine questions such as, but not limited to: How has media coverage of teachers’ unions and teachers’ strikes reinforced and/or advanced privatization? What shift has taken place in terms of who is positioned in the media as educational “experts”? What are the differences between the way that various major news networks, newspapers, and news magazines talk about educational privatization? How are Teach For America and Teach For All being propelled by media coverage? What are the variations in media coverage of the neoliberal agenda for education? What are the alternatives and prospects for challenges to the mainstream media? How has ALEC impacted school reform policies and practices on the state level and to what extent has the media covered it? How have critical educators positioned their students to understand the  mainstream media’s role in supporting the corporate agenda for schooling?
Manuscripts due: May 1, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Call for Proposals: Education conferences in Louisville and San Diego

Greetings, from the Academy for Educational Studies:

We send you this message to invite you to submit a presentation proposal for the 10th annual Critical Questions in Education Conference to be held in two different locations this year: 
  • October 13th -- 15th2014 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.  Deadline for proposals is July 1st, 2014. 
  • February 16th – 18th, 2015 at the U S Grant Hotel in San Diego, California.  Deadline for proposals is November 1st, 2014.

Again this year, we think we have selected timely and provocative theme questions—though we still welcome proposals on one of our past theme questions. (See the Call for Proposals, attached, for a full list of topics.)  Our 2014/2015 theme questions are:

Why have civil rights era educational legislation and policy in the United States failed our most vulnerable students?
How should we address the needs of these students in and out of school?
How is schooling conducted in other countries?  What can we learn from the policies, purposes,
and practices of education systems—or individual schools—from around the world?

Presenters are encouraged to shape responses to these questions in any way they like.  Please see the Call for Proposals for some suggestions on how these questions might be approached.  

We hope you will submit a proposal and come join us this year—friends sharing some important talk about some provocative educational questions.  We also hope you will share this Call for Proposals with friends and colleagues—and with any list-serves which might accept it.

If you have any questions about what the Academy has been up to, or questions about the conference, please feel free to contact me.
To find out more about the Academy for Educational Studies and the Critical Questions in Education conference, please click the link:


Steven P. Jones, Director
Academy for Educational Studies
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO  65897

In partnership with ETS, AAHHE is proud to announce the 2015 Outstanding Dissertations Competition

In partnership with ETS, AAHHE is proud to announce the 2015 Outstanding Dissertations Competition. The guidelines are posted on the AAHHE website,<>, showing critical due dates for this competition.

Please circulate this announcement with your colleagues.

Thanks for your assistance.

Social Justice A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order

 Social Justice 
 A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order

From the SJ Blog:
Reentry to Nothing #1-
Get a Job, Any Job
, by 
Alessandro De Giorgi
[New blog series] 

Art and Resistance, by Bill Rolston
Read more >>  

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 * Global Foreclosure Crisis 
* Penal Abolition and Prison Reform  

Upcoming Conferences/Events
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* Law and Society Association,
Minneapolis (MN),
May 29-June 1, 2014 

* Howard Zinn Book Fair,
San Francisco (CA),
November 15, 2014

* American Society of Criminology,
San Francisco (CA), 
November 19-22, 2014 

More details below

Dear Friends,

We are writing with very exciting news. First of all, we are celebrating the40th anniversary of our journal! We feel proud to have navigated four decades of momentous political, social, and cultural changes, adapting to the challenges of the time without ever compromising on the quality of our critical scholarship and the rigor of our analysis.
As we look forward to our next 40 years, we are making an effort to extend our reach and to attune our journal to the demands of the digital era. We recently revamped our website, digitized our issues for immediate download, started a new blog, launched this newsletter, and increased our presence on social media. We are in the process of bringing new energy to our Advisory Boards and extending our networks; and we made more room in our issues for individual submissions dealing with emerging topics. Finally, we reintroduced a strong visual element on our covers and are now collaborating with a new, politically minded printing service that uses recycled paper and inks. 
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Please come visit us at one of our upcoming events.
 And if you are attending the Law and Society Conference in Minneapolis this weekend, come visit us at the book exhibit and take advantage of our special discounts!

Thank you for these great years,
SJ Editors
anniversary40th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Vol. 40-1/2, Legacies of Radical Criminology in the United States

Building upon an academic seminar on the legacy of the Berkeley School of Criminology, this issue includes original writings and interviews with some of the most influential figures of the radical movements of the 1970s, as well as an anthology of ten hard-to-find "foundational" pieces that laid the basis for subsequent critical analyses of crime and social control. 


Introduction, by Tony Platt

A Radical Need for Criminology, by Jonathan Simon
Reform or Revolution, by Alessandro De Giorgi
1977, Bologna to San Francisco, by Dario Melossi
- Interview with Angela Davis
- Two Interviews with Ericka Huggins
A Spectre Is Haunting Law and Society, by David Stein
Defenders of Order or Guardians of Human Rights? by Herman Schwendinger and Julia Schwendinger
A Garrison State in "Democratic" Society, by Paul Takagi 
Editorial: Berkeley School of Criminology
Karl Marx and the Theft of Wood, by Peter Linebaugh 
Any Woman's Blues, by Dorie Klein and June Kress
Intellectuals for Law and Order, by Tony Platt and Paul Takagi 
Street Crime: A View from the Left, by Tony Platt
The San Quentin Six Case, by Karen Wald
Labor Market and Penal Sanction, by Georg Rusche
Punishment and Social Structure, by Dario Melossi 

Click here to read more and order this issue.
ABmembersWelcome to our new Advisory Board members 

We are thrilled to announce that the following people have graciously accepted to join our US and International Advisory Boards:

Hadar Aviram (UC Hastings), Leonidas Cheliotis (University of Edinburgh, UK), Volker Eick (Freie Universität Berlin), Michael Huspek (CSU San Marcos), Wendy Mink (Smith College), Nancy Scheper-Hughes (UC Berkeley), Jonathan Simon (UC Berkeley), Geoff Ward (UC Irvine), Devra Weber (UC Riverside), and Rob White (University of Tasmania, Australia).

We feel honored to have such outstanding scholars join our community and look forward to working with them.
submissionsNow accepting submissions!

Social Justice is shifting toward a more flexible format that will allow us to accommodate a greater variety of topics in our issues. We will continue to publish thematic issues, as well as shorter sections on particular topics; but we will also be more open to individual submissions.

If you wish to submit your work for consideration, please review our submission guidelines; you may then contact us via email or use our online submission form
eventsSJ Upcoming Conferences/Events


* Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association 
Minneapolis (MN), May 29-June 1, 2014

SPONSORED PANEL: "Foundations of Radical Criminology in the US: Legacies of the Berkeley School" (roundtable).  Participants: Eduardo Bautista, Sara Benson, Alessandro De Giorgi, Jenna Loyd, Dario Melossi, Richard Perry, Jonathan Simon, David Stein.

* Howard Zinn Book Fair
San Francisco (CA), November 15, 2014

* Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology 
San Francisco (CA), November 19-22, 2014

SPONSORED PANEL: "Radical Criminology: What's Left?" Panelists: Ericka Huggins, Dario Melossi, Tony Platt, Jonathan Simon. Discussant: Alessandro De Giorgi

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Red Salmon Arts Presents Outlaw Woman A Reading and Book Signing with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 7pm Saturday, 31 May 2014

Red Salmon Arts Presents
Outlaw Woman
A Reading and Book Signing with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
7pm Saturday, 31 May 2014
Outlaw Woman is a working-class, feminist perspective from a leader of the women’s and antiwar movements.
Dunbar-Ortiz was also an antiwar and anti-racist activist and organizer throughout the 1960s and early 1970s and a fiery, tireless public speaker on issues of patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, and racism. She worked in Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade and formed associations with other revolutionaries across the spectrum of radical politics, including the Civil Rights Movement, Students for a Democratic Society, the Revolutionary Union, the African National Congress, and the American Indian Movement. Unlike most of those involved in the New Left, Dunbar-Ortiz grew up poor, female, and part–Native American in rural Oklahoma, and she often found herself at odds not only with the ruling class but also with the Left and with the women’s movement.
city of austin tca.jpgThis project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in city of austin new logo 2.jpg
Austin’s future.
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Farewell to Subcomandante Marcos! ¡Adios al subcomandante Marcos!

Farewell to Subcomandante Marcos!

The Zapatista spokesperson is gone. 

The disappearance/death of Sub-commander Insurgent Marcos was collectively decided by the Zapatistas and is designed to give life to the fallen Zapatista teacher Galeano; by extension, this powerful non-violent action may save lives in Mayan communities besieged by paramilitaries across [...] // Continue... 
I am speaking to you and to those who listen to and look at us through you.

Perhaps at the start, or as these words unfold, the sensation will grow in your heart that something is out of place, that something doesn't quite fit, as if you were missing one or various pieces that would help make sense of the puzzle that is about to be revealed to   [...] // Read the rest 
Video of Votán Galeano
May 22, 2014
Galeano lives! New graphics available for public use!
May 16, 2014


May 7, 2014
Jose Luis Solís López, a teacher in the Zapatista's "Little School" (La Escuelita) was targeted and murdered, and at least 15 Zapatistas seriously injured, in an ambush by members of an anti-Zapatista organization known as CIOAC-H on Friday, May 2, 2014 // Learn more
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