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Debating theories of neoliberalism: New perspectives and framings in education research,

Published in Governance, Latest Posts by Mark Murphy on May 4, 2018

June 27th, 2018, London

This symposium aims to explore the relevance of theories of neoliberalism to contemporary education research and to intervening upon and shaping education to create positive change.

A key focus of the symposium will be to address whether neoliberalism as a conceptual framework or normative description (‘everyone is neoliberal now’) is useful to framing understandings of the complex changes underway in education across the globe.

The symposium will provide a unique opportunity for participants to engage with a broad range of issues affecting education, from accountability infrastructures and public-private partnerships to repressive pedagogies and new public management.

Keynote speakers will include Professor Richard Hall, Professor of Education and Technology and Co-Director of the Institute for Education Futures, De Montfort University, and Dr Steve Courtney, Lecturer in Management, University of Manchester. Each speaker will discuss how they use neoliberalism in their research, the benefits of such use to developing and deepening new knowledge about education, and the possibilities for intervention and change (if any) made possible by these approaches to education research.

10.00Registration and refreshments
10.15Introductions – setting the scene
Dr Andrew Wilkins and Dr Mark Murphy
10.30Authoritarian neoliberalism and the alienation of academic labour 
Professor Richard Hall
11.15Breakout sessions 1
12.00Feedback
12.30Lunch
13.30Educational leadership: The necessity for theory and theorising in neoliberal times
Dr Steve Courtney
14.15Breakout sessions 2
15.00Feedback
15.30Panel discussion
15:55Completion of evaluation forms
16.00Close of meeting

BURSARIES

BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £75 towards travel.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email events@bera.ac.uk with a 250 word statement on why you want to attend this event and why you need the financial assistance. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.

More details on how to register can be found can be found here

About the author /


Mark Murphy is a Reader in Education and Public Policy at the University of Glasgow. He previously worked as an academic at King’s College, London, University of Chester, University of Stirling, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, University College Dublin and Northern Illinois University. Mark is an active researcher in the fields of education and public policy. His research interests include educational sociology, critical theory, accountability in higher education, and public sector reform.

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