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Book launch and discussion: Palgrave International Handbook of Marxism and Education

Following the publication of the Palgrave International Handbook of Marxism and Education, this session will centre three international interventions, demonstrating how a range of contextualised Marxist analyses enable practitioners to engage with issues of international concern. The session will offer space for researchers to discuss how these case studies might impact or be used in their own scholarship, research and praxis, through fresh perspectives and views that disrupt established positions in educational research, scholarship and practice.

The Palgrave International Handbook of Marxism and Education is an international and interdisciplinary volume, which provides a thorough and precise engagement with emergent developments in Marxist theory in both the global South and North. The case studies in the session will be taken from different geographical and educational contexts, in order to show how social theory enables a rich historical and material understanding of education sectors and contexts, including in the following.

  • The importance of Marx’s dialectical method in critiquing education.
  • Transnational and national governance, regulation and funding of education.
  • Histories and geographies of educational development and change, for instance in relation to corporate forms, the binaries of public/private education, issues of marketisation and commodification.
  • The structures, cultures and practices of formal and informal educational organisations.
  • The lived experiences of education by centring a range of intersectional analyses.
  • The educational role of new social and political movements, like decolonising, indigenous rights, Black Lives Matter and Rhodes must Fall.
  • The web of life and ecological readings of education.

Draft Programme

14:00 Welcome and Introduction: higher education research and the importance of social theory
Denise Mifsud, University of Bath
14:10 Case study on transnational educational policy in Brazil and Mozambique
Inny Accioly, Fluminense Federal University
14:25 Case study on the educational Commons from a Polish perspective
Krystian Szadkowski, Adam Mickiewicz University
14:40 Case study on the material history of English higher education
Richard Hall, De Montfort University
14:55 Participant questions in relation to the three case studies
15:10 Participant discussion of their own research, in terms of contexts and methodologies, in relation to the concepts and critiques presented
15:40 Plenary
16:00 Event Close

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Denise Mifsud, Dr

Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, Management & Governance at University of Bath

Dr Denise Mifsud is Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, Management and Governance at the University of Bath. She has many years of practitioner experience in education settings in both teaching and top-level leadership roles within the...

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Richard Hall, Professor

Professor of Education and Technology at De Montfort University

Richard Hall is Professor of Education and Technology at De Montfort University. A National Teaching Fellow, Richard directs the research and evaluation work of the Decolonising DMU project. He is the author of The Hopeless University:...

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Inny Accioly, Professor

Professor of Education at Fluminese Federal University

Inny Accioly , an activist scholar, is a Professor of Education at the Fluminense Federal University, in Brazil. She develops projects focused on connecting university and grassroots movements, relating environmental education, anti-racist...

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Krystian Szadkowski, Dr

PhD Researcher at Adam Mickiewicz University

Krystian Szadkowski, PhD is a researcher at the Scholarly Communication Research Group of Adam Mickiewicz University. His interests cover Marxist political economy and transformations of higher education systems in Central Eastern Europe, as well...