Building the co-operative university

Exciting developments in the project to conceptualise and lay foundations for the co-operative university PAPER: ‘Beyond public and private: a framework for co-operative higher education’ (Joss Winn & Mike Neary, 2016) Universities in the UK are increasingly adopting corporate governance structures, a consumerist model of teaching and learning, and have the most expensive tuition fees […]

The passion of despair

In the first chapter of The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory after Hegel (2015), Robyn Marasco opens up a whole new field of possibility, or ways of thinking it — through despair. ‘Against a familiar ghost story that warns of the spectre of despair haunting radial political vision and the knight of resignation that follows […]

Practices of possibility in neoliberal social systems

2015–16 Independent Social Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship Following is a brief summary of the research I will be undertaking this year. To read the full version of the proposal, visit the ISRF website. Check back here for developments, links to the project website (forthcoming) and ways to get involved! The thesis to be interrogated in this project is […]

New book – The Education of Radical Democracy

I am delighted to annouce the publication of my new book, The Education of Radical Democracy. It explores why I think radical democracy is so necessary, difficult, and possible today – and why it is vital that we understand it as an educative activity. The book draws on critical social theory and critical pedagogy to illustrate what […]

Education without borders

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post on the borders of education – the increasing use of state power to control international movement in and through universities in England. I was concerned with the effects of ‘attendance monitoring’, surveillance and bureaucratic record-keeping on pedagogical relationships, asking: What does this do to people? What sorts […]