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Directions in Evaluation Theory and Practice: the politics of evidence

Friday 12 December 2014

A one-day symposium

Symposium rationale

This symposium aims to address widely the ways in which ‘evidence’ is understood within the theory and practice of evaluation. In-so-doing it will regard the nature of what is considered to be ‘evidence’ as itself a political topic. The symposium will seek to contextualise evidence, its manufacture, its understanding and its deployment as inherently political as well as a being matter of science. It will also draw upon controversies within the social sciences regarding the nature of knowledge and the ways in which we understand our social world.

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We were hacked!

We’re back! You may not have noticed we were gone, but the Educational Development blog was hacked!

At the end of July we received a tip-off from JANET (the organisation which provides computer network services to UK research and education institutions) that they had detected activity from our blog that suggested it had been compromised. Straight away we disabled public access to the blog.

After some initial investigation it turned out that a vulnerability in the version of a WordPress plugin that we use had been exploited in order to serve malicious code to our users. As far as we know no-one was affected by this malicious code, and swift action from the University of Liverpool Computing Services Department (CSD) meant that the threat was quickly eliminated.

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Upcoming event: ‘Thinking Solidarities in a Global World of Difference: The Role of Learning’

A Joint Seminar between the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Liverpool and Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity: an International Network (CDSS) (www.diffferenceandsolidarity.org)

Thursday 7 March 2013

Speakers

Professor Larry Wilde, University of Nottingham  – Educating For Solidarity

(Larry’s latest book, Global  Solidarity, is published by Edinburgh University Press in January 2012)

Dr Scott Boyd, METU (Northern Cyprus) – Social Entrepreneurship of MOOCs: Quick, Effective, Empowerment is Free if You Pay Our Price

Dr John McSweeney, Ireland – Parrhesia and Solidarity: Rethinking the Politics of Difference with the Final Foucault

Burcu Senturk University of York, UK Learning Through  Collective Struggle

Dr Mark O”Brien, University of Liverpool, UK – Alienation, cathexis and the ‘crisis of interiorisation’. What is ‘the university’ for?’

Paul Reynolds, Edge Hill University UK – Moral Pedagogy and Professional Practice: Solidarity, Ethics and Politics in Practice

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