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Neoliberalism, Education and Applied Linguistics

27th June 2014 – 28th June 2014

Institute of Education, University of London

Neoliberalism – that set of beliefs and practices which became the economic orthodoxy in the Anglophone world and beyond from the 1980s onwards – appears remarkably resilient despite the financial crisis of 2008. Consisting of a sustained, if not always consistent, attack on interventionist government, neoliberalism has made a huge impact on all areas of education. It is now nearly ten years since David Harvey (2005) argued that neoliberalism had ‘become hegemonic as a mode of discourse’ and that it had ‘pervasive effects on ways of thought to the point where it has become incorporated into the common-sense way many of us interpret, live in, and understand the world’. This symposium sets out to explore the relevance of this assessment from the perspective of 2014 and seeks to shed light on the possibilities for resistance and the prospect of change from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

For more information please go to the Institute of Education, University of London website.