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Max Weber Lecture Series

The Max Weber Lectures are a part of a series of lectures related to the themes of the research projects of the India Branch Office. Well-known experts from any of the research themes of the IBO are specially invited to India to share their expertise with project partners and other researchers in India.

The series consists of two sets of two lectures by each invited speaker. The lectures take place in spring and autumn respectively.

Pauline Lipman (Chicago)
Education and Urban Crises: Coercive Neoliberalism, the Politics of Disposability, and the Struggle for the Right to the City

Venues and dates:

  • National Institute of Advanced Studies Bangalore, 12 November 2018, 5:30 pm (poster, PDF file), and
  • India International Centre New Delhi, 16 November 2018, 6 pm (poster, PDF file)

This paper argues that education is co-constitutive of the neoliberal economic-political order and its urban crises and is a critical site for resistance to neoliberalism, racism, reactionary nationalism, and xenophobia. I begin with the stakes of the present moment: the conjuncture of profound economic, political, social, and ecological crises and global resurgence of xenophobic, white supremacist, nationalist, anti-democratic agendas, on one hand, and new resistances, solidarities, social imaginaries and emerging counter-hegemonic programs, on the other. I trace this polarized moment to the protracted structural crisis of capitalism, globalized neoliberalism, and legacies of colonialism, white supremacy, xenophobia, and entrenched class/race/gender/caste/ethnic/religious social hierarchies that variously permeate our societies at all scales.

Abstract (PDF file)

Pauline Lipman is Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of the Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education, a university-community collaborative research center. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on race, class, and political economy of urban education, particularly the interrelationship of education and urban policy and urban social movements. Professor Lipman is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports. Her publications include The New Political Economy of Urban Education: Neoliberalism, Race, and the Right to the City (2011), High Stakes Education (2004) and Race, Class and Power in School Restructuring (1998), the last two of which received American Education Studies Association, Critics Choice Awards. In 2011, she received the American Education Research Association Distinguished Contribution to Social Contexts in Education Research, Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013 she was elected a lifetime member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Professor Lipman is also engaged in community campaigns for equitable and just education. As a core member of Chicago Teachers for Social Justice, she has been involved in struggles against school closings and education privatization. In coalition with community organizations, parents, and the Chicago Teachers Union, she has been actively engaged in movements for democratic control of schools, sustainable community-driven schools, and racial justice.

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