Tuesday, 16 January 2018

FW: WIAS Workshop: Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism


WIAS Workshop: Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism


Wednesday 31 January 2018



309 Regent Street

University of Westminster

London W1B 2HW




This workshop marks the publication of the special issue "Academic Labour, Digital Media and Capitalism" in tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. We will hear presentations by experts who have contributed to the issue: guest editor Thomas Allmer (University of Stirling), Karen Gregory (University of Edinburgh) and Jamie Woodcock (LSE).


Modern universities have always been embedded in capitalism in political, economic and cultural terms. In 1971, at the culmination of the Vietnam War, a young student pointed a question towards Noam Chomsky: "How can you, with your very courageous attitude towards the war in Vietnam, survive in an institution like MIT, which is known here as one of the great war contractors and intellectual makers of this war?" Chomsky had to admit that his workplace was a major organisation conducting war research, thereby strengthening the political contradictions and inequalities in capitalist societies.


Today, universities are positioning themselves as active agents of global capital, transforming urban spaces into venues for capital accumulation and competing for international student populations for profit. Steep tuition fees are paid for precarious futures. Increasingly, we see that the value of academic labour is measured in capitalist terms and therefore subject to new forms of control, surveillance and productivity measures. Situated in this economic and political context, the new special issue of tripleC (edited by Thomas Allmer and Ergin Bulut) is a collection of critical contributions that examine universities, academic labour, digital media and capitalism.



Workshop presentations:


Anger in Academic Twitter: Sharing, Caring, and Getting Mad Online

Karen Gregory, University of Edinburgh


Digital Labour in the University: Understanding the Transformations of Academic Work in the UK

Jamie Woodcock, LSE


Theorising and Analysing Academic Labour

Thomas Allmer, University of Stirling


The workshop will be chaired by WIAS Director and tripleC co-editor Christian Fuchs. WIAS invites everybody interested to attend this afternoon of talks and discussions tackling the question of academic labour in the age of digital capitalism. A coffee break is provided.


Thomas Allmer is Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK, and a member of the Unified Theory of Information Research Group, Austria. His publications include Towards a Critical Theory of Surveillance in Informational Capitalism (Peter Lang, 2012) and Critical Theory and Social Media: Between Emancipation and Commodification (Routledge, 2015). For more information, see Thomas' website.


Karen Gregory is a Lecturer in Digital Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, a digital sociologist and ethnographer. She researches the relationship between work, technology, and emerging forms of labour, exploring the intersection of work and labor, social media use, and contemporary spirituality. She is the co-editor of the book Digital Sociologies (Policy Press, 2017).


Jamie Woodcock is a fellow at the LSE and author of Working The Phones. His current research focuses on digital labour, the sociology of work, the gig economy, resistance, and videogames. He has previously worked as a postdoc on a research project about videogames, as well as another on the crowdsourcing of citizen science. Jamie completed his PhD in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and has held positions at Goldsmiths, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, Queen Mary, NYU London, and Cass Business School.


Christian Fuchs is Professor at the University of Westminster. He is the Director of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS). His fields of expertise are critical digital & social media studies, Internet & society, political economy of media and communication, information society theory, social theory and critical theory. He co-edits the open-access journal triple:Communication, Capitalism & Critique with Marisol Sandoval.

FW: CfP RAISE 2018


RAISE 18 Call for Papers


Working better together: collaborations in student engagement

5th – 7th September 2018, Sheffield Hallam University


The annual conference for Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) is being held on 5th to 7th September.   The call for papers is now live and we ask for your proposals by 28th February 2018.

The conference offers the opportunity to showcase practice and research and take part in lively discussion about student engagement and partnership. Staff in all roles, students, and others interested in university and college higher education are welcome to contribute.

For more details, visit the Call for Papers on our RAISE 18 website.

@RAISEnetwork   #RAISE18






Dr Jill LeBihan SFHEA Head of Student Engagement
Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research
Oneleven Building | City Campus
0114 225 5983 | j.lebihan@shu.ac.uk |

Conference Organiser RAISE 2018


Monday, 15 January 2018

FW: Announcing the 2018 e-Assessment Question Conference

16th e-Assessment Question
'Risk and Reward: How do we deliver the benefits of e-Assessment?'
America Square Conference Centre, City of London - Weds. 18th and Thurs. 19th April 2018 in association with the e-Assessment Association e-Assessment Awards Gala Dinner www.e-assessment-question.com

We are delighted to announce the e-Assessment Question Conference and Exhibition, the 16th annual international conference on e-Assessment and computer supported assessment and qualifications.

Computer based assessment has grown significantly since the early days of automatic test publishing and certification. We have seen developments like paperless examination projects, e-proctoring, open badges, social media, BYOD, the growth of e-portfolios, the proliferation of question types, the rise of government initiatives and policies following FELTAG and Curriculum for Excellence, including the focus on technology in Apprenticeships, the expectations of digital natives resulting from rapid growth in technology and its use.

Both days will look at the broad spectrum of innovative e-assessment from assessment for learning and formative assessment in the classroom and the workplace, to digital delivery of high stakes qualifications, to the use of technology to support and enhance assessment, qualifications and certification - developing robust, reliable and cost-effective solutions to support learners, teachers and institutions.

This year's event includes speakers from across Europe and beyond as well as the UK educational firmament, including educational institutions, awarding and professional bodies and suppliers.

Bookings may be made for either day or both days of the event, with a discount for Charities, Schools, Colleges, Universities and those in the public sector. We are delighted to be working with the e-Assessment Association and their gala dinner to be held on the evening of the 18th April 2018 at which the second e-Assessment Awards will be presented. Delegates to the conference can optionally book their place at the dinner when booking for the conference.

We trust you or one of your colleagues will be able to join us for what will certainly prove to be an invaluable and thought-provoking event.

Jeff Ross
Director, Assessment Tomorrow

email : jeff@assessmenttomorrow.com for more details Visit the e-Assessment Question 2017 web site: www.e-assessment-question.com to read more about the conference and for details on how to registration.

FW: DCG Spotlight on digital capabilities 4 - bookings are now open


DCG Spotlight on digital capabilities (4)


Date:                     Tuesday 15 - Wednesday 16 May 2018

Venue:                   Radcliffe Conference Centre, University of Warwick

Booking deadline:     Friday 20 April 2018

Booking details:        https://www.ucisa.ac.uk/groups/dcg/Events/2018/digcaps4  

Hashtag:                 #udigcap


The fourth UCISA Spotlight on Digital Capabilities event will be held on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 May 2018 at the University of Warwick in the Radcliffe Conference Centre – a newly refurbished conference and hotel centre in the heart of the campus. 


The theme of the conference is from theory to action; we will explore strategies and approaches to moving beyond the theory of digital capabilities, the frameworks and pilot projects, to implementation, and ultimately, change.

Presenters from a range of institutions will showcase their work, share their experience, approaches and strategies to help delegates improve digital capabilities, engage staff and students in their digital skills development and instigate change at their institutions.


We are delighted to be joined by Donna Lanclos, Library Anthropologist, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, who will deliver one of this year’s keynotes as well as an interactive workshop.  We look forward to hearing Donna’s provocative take on frameworks, models, identity and moving beyond metaphors.  


Following positive feedback from last year’s event, we will be running parallel sessions on the first day, allowing longer interactive workshops and an opportunity to select topics of most relevance to delegates’ roles and interests.

This event will be of particular interest to those involved in supporting and promoting digital skills development, such as IT trainers, learning technologists, library and IT staff and educational developers.  We will be updating the programme online over the next couple of weeks.  Our previous events have sold out so early booking is advised. 


We look forward to seeing you in May!


The UCISA Digital Capabilities Group


BrĂ­d Field

Events and Membership Officer


T: + 44 (0)1865 283425

UCISA, University of Oxford, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford  OX2 6NN

 UCISA Leadership Conference, 7-9 March, Bournemouth International Centre



Thursday, 11 January 2018

Another time, another space: on the aesthetic foundations of pedagogy


Another time, another space: on the aesthetic foundations of pedagogy

Start: Jan 24, 2018 05:30 PM 
End: Jan 24, 2018 07:15 PM