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International Conference on Critical Education (ICCE)

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START DATE 10 August 2016
START TIME 09:00am

The Quad, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT

END DATE 13 August 2016
END TIME 06:00pm

Dialogue, Solidarity and Resistance against Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism in Education

The International Conference on Critical Education (ICCE), previously held in Athens (2011, 2012), Ankara (2013), Thessaloniki (2014) and Wroclaw, Poland (2015), is a forum for scholars, educators and activists committed to social and economic justice.

At a time of economic crisis, when education is under siege by neoliberal capitalism and by neoconservatism and aggressive nationalism, when teachers and academics are being proletarianised, youth criminalised, civilised and caring societies being stripped of welfare and benefits and rights, schools and universities turned into commodities, at such a time, critical education, as a theory and as a movement, as praxis, is clearly relevant.

International communities of critical educators and activists are working together, and with other movements, to build active resistance to these processes and are engaged in fostering educational and social change leading to a more just, equal and fair society.

The current economic, social, and political crisis that has been ongoing for 30 years, is manifesting more deeply in education on a global scale. The crisis - part of, and resulting from, dominant neoliberal and neoconservative politics that are implemented and promoted internationally as 'the only solution', under the slogan 'there is no alternative' (TINA), have substantially redefined the sociopolitical and ideological roles of education.

Public education is shrinking. It loses its status as a social right. It is projected as a mere commodity for sale while it becomes less democratic, de-theorised, de-critiqued. Understanding the causes of the crisis, the particular forms it takes in different countries and the multiple ways in which it influences education, constitute important questions for all those who do not limit their perspectives to the horizon of neoconservative, neoliberal and technocratic dogmas.

Moreover, the critical education movement has the responsibility to rethink its views and practices in light of the crisis, and in the light of social, political and educational resistance in different countries - the paths that this crisis opens for challenging and overthrowing capitalist domination worldwide.

The International Conference on Critical Education (ICCE), regularly attended by between 300 and 400 participants, provides a vibrant and egalitarian, non-elitist, platform for scholars, educators, activists, students and others interested in critical education and in contesting the current neoliberal / neoconservative/ nationalist hegemony, to come together and engage in a free, democratic and productive dialogue.

At this time of crisis when public education is under siege by neoliberalism, neoconservatism and nationalism, we invite you to submit a proposal and to attend the Conference.

We especially welcome new and emerging scholars / scholar-activists.


Peter McLaren - Chapman University, Orange, California, USA
Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy - Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey
Grant Banfield - Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Joyce Canaan - Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK
Hana Cervinkova - University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland
Polina Chrysochou - Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK
Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk - University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland
Cassie Earl - Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
Gail Edwards - Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
Ramin Farahmandpur - Portland State University, Portland, USA
Derek Ford - Syracuse University, New York, USA
Panayota Gounari - University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Tom Griffiths - Newcastle University, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
George Grollios - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,Thessaloniki, Greece
Dave Hill - Institute for Education Policy Studies & National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Gianna Katsampoura - National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
Leszek Koczanowicz - University of Sosial Sciences and Humanities, Wroclaw, Poland
Vicky Makris - University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
Curry Malott - West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA
Alpesh Maisuria - University of East London, London, UK
Lilia Monzo - Chapman University, California, USA
Jayne Osgood - Middlesex University, London, UK
Periklis Pavlidis - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Leena Helavaara Robertson - Middlesex University, London, UK
Fevziye Sayilan - Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey
Kostas Skordoulis - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Juha Suoranta - University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
Spyros Themelis - University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Meral Uysal - Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey
Paolo Vittoria - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ahmet Yildiz - Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey


Please note the conference registration requirements.

Registrations are still open. You are welcome to register on the day at the registration desk.

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