Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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Nostalgia and neoliberalism: the future of public education

23 September 2016



A special co-presentation from the Social Policy and the School and Teacher Education Policy research networks of the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Public education is often associated with meanings and practices of equality, democratic citizenship, and what is 'common' in and about Australian society. In recent years, amidst intensive policy reforms in the context of contemporary neoliberalism, many lament the 'loss' of public education. In this presentation, Jessica Gerrard (top right) will examine the ways in which nostalgia can romanticise public education's pasts, and suggest the need to examine the relationships between public education, government, and the 'who' and 'what' of the 'public'; Gabrielle Meagher (below right) will be discussant; and Helen Proctor will be chairperson.

Event details

  • When: 10am–noon
  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: FREE but morning tea is provided, so registration is essential.

  • Contact: Associate Professor Helen Proctor
    ARC Future Fellow, Faculty of Education and Social Work
    T: +61 2 9036 5401 | E: helen.proctor@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker: Jessica Gerrard is Senior Lecturer in Education, Equity and Politics at The University of Melbourne. She works across the disciplines of sociology and history, with particular interest on the relationship of education to social change and politics, the shifting – but persistent – experiences of inequality and injustice, and critical theories and methodologies.

  • Discussant: Gabrielle Meagher is Professor of Sociology at Macquarie University. Her research is organised around a set of questions about how care work and social services are distributed, organised and valued - in society overall; by welfare and labour market policies; and within organisations. Her current focus is the impact of marketisation of social services on access to high-quality care and decent jobs in care work. Recent publications available for open access are Marketisation in Nordic Eldercare: a Research Report on Legislation, Oversight, Extent and Consequences (co-edited with Marta Szebehely, 2013), and Markets, Rights and Power in Australian Social Policy (co-edited with Susan Goodwin, 2015).

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Nostalgia and neoliberalism: the future of public education

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

23 September 2016


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