HEAT Symposium:

Educational Eliminationism and Cultural Colonization

A Symposium with John Beck, David J. Blacker and Nina Power

Friday 7th November 2014, 2pm – 6pm (followed by drinks), the Westminster Forum, 5th Floor, 32/38 Wells Street


Reading Group Meeting:

Tuesday 11th November 2014, 1 – 3pm, Room 455 RS (Regent Street)*

*This special session will comprise of a Q&A discussion with the author of the text, David Blacker. Please also note the change to our usual meeting day.


51t+uo3Wk2L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_David J. Blacker, The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame

  • meeting introduced by Matthew Charles

Buy it here:

housemans bookshop (“the ethical alternative to Amazon” – paperback £12.99)

amazon (kindle ebook £4.32/paperback £15.99)

More info on the author:

David J. Blacker is a Professor of Philosophy of Education and Legal Studies at the University of Delaware and currently Editor of Education Review, edrev.info., an open-access online journal of scholarly book reviews.

His works include Democratic Education Stretched thin: How Complexity Challenges a Democratic Ideal (SUNY), Dying to Teach: The Educator’s Search of Immortality (Teachers College) and The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame, which analyzes educational possibility in an age of economic and environmental collapse. Recent essays have appeared in the Monthly Review magazine and have served as a resource for the Occupy Student Debt campaign. David has recently become publicly involved in the boycott of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in a defense of academic freedom related to the “Salaita affair”.

Interview with the author: The Eliminative Turn in Education: An Interview with David Blacker

Research Lab:

Wednesday 3rd December (Week 11), 1pm – 4pm, Room M215 (Marylebone campus)

Confirmed Presenters: Matthew Charles (Lecturer, SSH), Steven Cranfield (Senior Lecturer, WEx), Allan Parsons (Academic Liaison, MAD) , Leigh Wilson (Reader, SSH)

005.Lab Equipment
This year the Higher Education and Theory (HEAT) network will be experimenting with a new Research Lab ​afternoon event, intended as a space to test, share, observe and discuss your own ideas on HE and pedagogy in an informal, collaborative and supportive setting. Participants will be invited to give a very short presentation outlining an aspect of the own thoughts, practices or projects connected to teaching and learning in the broader context of Higher Education and Theory.
These are not required to be fully articulated projects but “tasters” or “testers” of ideas you would like to discuss and pursue. They may be connected to ideas you have developed and reflected on in your own practice or arisen from conversations connected to the texts read and discussed in the Reading Group (or elsewhere). The intention is to encourage participants to reflect on and develop their research but also give an opportunity to discover shared and common themes or topics that have emerged from our various interests.Everyone welcome (whether you attend the Reading Group or not) and all are warmly encouraged to take part.

For more information or to express your interest in the Research Lab, please email Matthew Charles or Steven Cranfield. Please email Matthew or Steven by Monday 1st December to reserve a place.


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