How does neoliberalism govern us? From institutions to subjectivity – organized by UAM research group MIRCo

From April 23 to May 6, the UAM research group MIRCo (Multilingualism, Social Identities, Intercultural Relations and Communication) to which the member of Demospaz belongs, Luisa Martín Rojo, presents the seminar “How does the neoliberalism? From institutions to subjectivity”.

On the occasion of both the presentation of the research center MIRCO (Multilingualism International Research Group & discourse Observatory) and the launch of our book Language and Neoliberal Governmentality (Martín Rojo & Del Percio in Routledge 2019), MIRCO -in its twentieth anniversary as a research group-, we host an international and multidisciplinary seminar, which will be also integrated into the doctoral training programme of the UAM. The aim of the seminar is to reflect on a crucial issue today: How does neoliberalism govern us? Today, neoliberalism is a form of governance that extends its market logic beyond the economy, molding our public and private lives. Neoliberal principles of a free market like globalization, deregulation, flexibility, and competition have permeated health and educational institutions, imposed the entrepreneurial productive model, and turned us into clients of public services. Education prioritizes the formation of new elites with access to global mobility, and punishes those who do not reach this goal, ultimately restricting the porosity of borders. The commodification affects both human expressions and the management of common goods. We used to build connections and create community with languages; now languages are the key to compete in the job market. At work, flexibility, mobility, and insecurity are constant realities that generate inequality and create paralegal spaces due to their lack of transparency. All professions respond to a corporate logic, which makes us consultants or entrepreneurs. In this way, we are encouraged to manage ourselves as businesses, acquire competencies, titles, and language skills, exploit ourselves to survive in a competitive world, and increase our own productivity as well as that of the organizations for which we work. As entrepreneurial subjects, we sometimes feel like winners, but many other times, like losers.

Many unanswered questions emerge from this situation, and we must respond. What makes it possible for neoliberal principles to colonize the different spheres of our lives? How can we counteract this neoliberal rationality and revert the practices and techniques that govern our conduct and mold our subjectivities? How is neoliberal discourse constructed and what role does it have? How can we avoid reproducing and internalizing it?

With the goal of answering these questions this seminar, organised as a transdisciplinar training activity for PhD students, brings together several researchers with long trajectories studying neoliberalism, such as Christian Laval and Edgar Cabanas, as well as young researchers who will facilitate workshops about their research interests (from the neoliberalization of education and the stylization of youth poverty to the presentation of neoliberal subjects on Tinder). In this same framework, we will present the book Language and Neoliberal Governmentality (Martin Rojo), which addresses many of these topics through an empirical study of neoliberal rationality, and the discursive and linguistic mechanisms through which it permeates society and subjects. Furthermore, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the UAM research group MIRCo.

April, 23rd, 30th; May, 4th, 5th & 6th
Centro Cultural La Corrala (3, 5 Carlos Arniches Street)
April, 24th
Bookstore Traficantes de sueños (13 Duque de Alba Street)
April, 28th
Room D (Sala mixta) – Plaza Mayor, (UAM)

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NEW Research Seminar “Libertad de elección de centro educativo y segregación escolar”

On January 21, 2020, the Research Seminar “Libertad de elección de centro educativo y segregación escolar” was held in Plaza Mayor UAM (Madrid) with the colaboration of UNESCO Chair in Education for Social Justice. We have the participation of two experts in the field, Javier Murillo, Director of the UNESCO Chair in Education for Social Justice and Academic Secretary of DEMOSPAZ, and Julio Rogero, Primary Education Teacher and active member of the El Colectivo Escuela Abierta and belonging to pedagogical renewal movements. During this day, the freedom of school choice and segregation by socioeconomic status was discussed.  The speakers expressed their ideas and research in this regard, showing concrete data and problematizing this educational reality that concerns us all.

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Nuevo Seminario de Investigación “Libertad de elección de centro educativo y segregación escolar”

_MG_6231El pasado 21 de enero de 2020 tuvo lugar en la Plaza Mayor de la UAM el vigesimoprimer Seminario de Investigación del Instituto DEMOSPAZ “Libertad de elección de centro educativo y segregación escolar”, este mes organizado en colaboración con la Cátedra UNESCO en Educación para la Justicia Social.  Contamos con la participación de dos expertos en la materia, Javier Murillo, Director de la Cátedra UNESCO en Educación para la Justicia Social y Secretario Académico de DEMOSPAZ, y Julio Rogero, Maestro de educación primaria y miembro activo del colectivo Escuela Abierta, perteneciente a los Movimientos de Renovación Pedagógica.

Durante el encuentro se discutió sobre la libertad de elección del centro educativo y segregación por status socioeconómico, además de la segregación por origen y por género, en España y en Madrid. Lo ponentes intervinieron sobre este tema, mostrando datos concretos y problematizando esta realidad educativa que nos atañe a todos.

La discusión incluyó temas de preocupación actual, ya que según datos internacionales la segregación en España es la mayor en el sector y es creciente en comparación de la media mundial, con un nivel de segregación escolar de 0,38 (índice de Godard). Lo que quiere decir que un 38% de los estudiantes tendrían que cambiarse de centro educativo para que no hubiera segregación. Todo esto nos dice que la realidad educativa en Madrid es segregadora, ya sea por estatus socioeconómico, origen o situación académica. Esto es un problema ya que se crean espacios educativos sólo para ciertos grupos privilegiados y otros que incluyen sólo a los miembros más vulnerables de la sociedad, dificultando la inclusión y la diversidad, valores importantes para el aula.

Además, se abordaron problemas que pueden ser la causa del problema planteado, tales como la mercantilización de la educación, desvalorización de la educación pública o la libertad de elección del centro según la condición socioeconómica.

El seminario contó con muchos asistentes y expertos en el tema que participaron activamente en el debate con los ponentes, aportando reflexiones y propuestas a nivel micro y macro para solucionar este problema, reconociendo que el problema es tanto de las políticas educativas, como de las decisiones personales de los ciudadanos con respecto a la elección del centro y sus concepciones de la segregación.

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ECPD International Round Table PEACE AND DEMOCRATIC MULTILATERALISM Belgrade 27 October 2017

The European Center for Peace and Development UN University for Peace, an international educational and research organisation within the UN academic system organized the  International Conference “Peace and Democratic Multilateralism” on 27th October 2017 . The ECPD conference was held in Belgrade City Hall, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  This year, the Conference was devoted to a topical and specific topic in the scope of which issues crucial to the future of peace and development, as well as those concerning democratic processes as an inevitable factor for the stability of the South East European region and in a broader context.

The Conference was opened by introductionary speeches of  H.E. Federico Mayor, President of the ECPD Council (long-standing Director General of UNESCO), the esteemed Dr Ouided Bouchamaoui, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2015H.S.H. Duke Karel Schwarzenberg, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliament of the Czech Republic, H.E.  Erhard Busek, former Austrian Deputy Chancellor and South East Europe Pact for Stability and Prof. Dr. Johan Galtung, founder and a longstanding President of the International Institute for Peace Research, based in Oslo.

Participants of this Conference were numerous renowned savants (academicians, professors, experts and analysts), politicians and diplomats, representatives of international organizations and diplomatic missions from Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, China, India, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Tunisia etc.

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DEMOSPAZ Research Workshop in Miraflores de la Sierra (Madrid)

Members of the Research Subcommittee and the Project Subcommittee of the DEMOSPAZ Institute met in a Research Workshop, held in La Cristalera Residence of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), located in Miraflores de la Sierra (Madrid), during the weekend of January 20th – 22th, 2017.

During the meeting, were explored and discussed the main lines of research of the Institute and were established general bases for the submission of project proposals to different European calls.

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