Neoliberal restructuring includes an unprecedented attack on the autonomy of universities, their faculties, administrators, support staffs and students. How has your work—as a professor, graduate student, educational support professional, administrator or researcher—changed in response to policies designed to remake the University in the image of the for-profit business concern? How have you and your colleagues organized resistance to these changes?
The premise of this special issue of World Economic Review: Contemporary Policy Issues—an on-line peer reviewed journal with a global subscription of 13,000—is that every aspect of post-secondary education is affected by the corporatization of the university. Thus, we seek contributions from all disciplinary fields and every location within the university. We welcome papers exploring the intellectual, personal, pedagogical, and theoretical dimensions of the attack on public higher education.
On March 1st 2016 The New School Economic Review celebrated the launch of its 8 volume with talks by Professors Ramaa Vasudevan (Colorado State University) and Paulo dos Santos (The New School) on ‘Money, Power, and Capitalism’. See the video of the event below.
The problem of the term “heterodox” manifests itself occasionally on panel discussions. Its ambiguity can lead to a gulf of subject matter, the depths of which can not be adequately plumbed in a standard follow-up discussion. The label of “heterodox” is used to describe everyone from Marxians, Sraffians, Austrians, Keynesians, Kaleckians and whatever remains in between. My last day at ASSA would best be described as heterodox.
My economics will be intersectional or it will be bullshit. My third day at ASSA managed to be a utopia of queer feminist magic. If you don’t know about IAFFE, you need to get hip. Both of the panels I attended were coordinated at least in part by IAFFE.
If you don’t know Scott Carter, he’s a man worth knowing. He is unlike most economists in that he actually appears human when talking about economic issues. While most economists are usually very congenial and calm during an ASSA session, Carter’s wild gesticulations and earnest roars match the grave urgency of the subjects he’s discussing. I was lucky enough to share a panel with Scott yesterday morning and see him again in a session on Sraffian economics later in the afternoon.
I was fortunate enough to have the self-awareness to plan to arrive in San Francisco a day before the conference. This meant foregoing any plans for New Year’s Eve. My airline, however, was insistent that I go to the club – even if the dance floor was occupied by rows of seating. Flying Virgin Air was by far the most bizarre experience I have ever had on an airplane. To understand what I mean, I recorded a video (below) of the in flight announcements.
On February 10th The New School Economic Review celebrated its 10 year anniversary with talks by Professors Ben Fine (School of Oriental and African Studies) and Anwar Shaikh (The New School). Ben Fine spoke on the topic “Is Economics Fit for Purpose: An Ethical Conundrum” and Anwar Shaikh on the topic “Consumer and Production Behavior: From Micro to Macro Without Utility Function or Rational Choice“. Introductions were made by Dean Milberg and the NSER editors.