I’m presenting at the University of Lincoln’s Centre for Educational Research and Development conference on Thursday June 7. I’ll be speaking about Educational technology and the war on public education. My slides are on my slideshare. There is a fuller blog post on the war on public education is here and on militarisation is here. Part of the argument about alienation/commodification is made in this paper published in triple-C.
I will ask these questions.
- How do technologies contribute to the alienation of academics from their labour inside the university?
- What might be learned from occupations/work-ins in other geographies or at other times or in other sectors or under other capitals? How did techniques or technologies affect those actions?
- What forms of academic labour are legitimised and how does technology affect that legitimation?
- With a focus on technologies for militarisation and techniques for control, how is academic labour co-opted?
- How and where might academics push back, in order to abolish alienated labour?