Speakers’ abstracts and schedule

Despite years of investment into widening participation agendas, marginalised persons, whether in terms of class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or disability, remain ‘devalued’ (Skeggs and Loveday 2012) owing to systems and structures of Higher Education.

Reappropriating Value(s) will be a day of discussion and will bring together various academics and practitioners whose work speaks towards, or takes direct action against these practices. See here for confirmed speakers’ abstracts and here for the Schedule for the Day.

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Re-appropriating Value(s) in Higher Education, 25th June 2015

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Despite years of investment into widening participation agendas, marginalised persons, whether in terms of class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or disability, remain ‘devalued’ (Skeggs and Loveday 2012) owing to systems and structures of Higher Education. 

This day will bring together various academics and practitioners whose work speaks towards, or takes direct action against these practices. Click below for the proposed schedule on the BSA website – more details to follow

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Re-appropriating Value(s) in Higher Education

25th June 2015, The University of Manchester

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Stephanie Lawler (University of York)
Prof. Tracy Shildrick (The University of Leeds)
Prof. Robert MacDonald (Teeside University)
Other speakers include:
Dr. Lisa Mckenzie (London School of Economics)
Dr. Jay Stewart Jay Stewart, OBE (Gendered Intelligence)
Jessie Abrahams (Cardiff University)
Rashida Bibi (The University of Manchester)
Victoria Armstrong (Durham University)
More to be announced…
Purpose of the day

It has been argued in recent years that marginally placed persons, whether this is in terms of class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or disability, “suffer from intensified devaluation” in an increasingly accelerated ‘neoliberal’ age (Skeggs and Loveday, 2012).  Despite years of investment into widening participation agendas, this remains pertinent to systems of Higher Education, owing to the gaps between the rhetoric of ‘education for all’ and the realities of access to, and the lived experience of membership to these institutions.

With this in mind, the aim of this workshop-or ‘day of conversation’, is to highlight and deliberate on ‘alternative’ value systems and practices within Higher Education institutions. As such, we have invited speakers who consider (theoretically, empirically and practically) ‘alternative practices’, or ‘practice alternatively’ as members or affiliates of the university.

The day is split into two distinct but interrelated parts:

The first half of the day will be dedicated to considering, through theoretical and empirical debate, how we might (re)appropriate ‘values’ beyond current ‘legitimised’ systems and cultures in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

The latter half of the day seeks practical examples from academics and those working with HEIs to capitalise on these ‘(re)appropriated’ ‘values’ within current systems.

We are keen to highlight that this workshop is not looking for consensus across all papers and in subsequent conversations. Instead, the main aim of the day is to locate affinities (as well as differences) within the ‘alternative’ values and practices discussed, and to open up debate as to whether any of these affinities can be taken forward in practical, ethical ways.

for more info, contact kirsty.morrin@manchester.ac.uk or susan.oman@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk