Xanthe Rose

Casual assault on higher education

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The creeping marketisation of higher education has had major implications for staff contracts. Xanthe Rose explains the extent of casualised work in the sector.

In April the UCU lecturers’ union published a report revealing that higher education institutions are using casualised contracts to a shocking degree. The union estimates that 54 percent of all academic staff and 49 percent of all academic teaching staff are on insecure contracts. That includes staff on hourly-paid, zero-hours and fixed-term contracts, as well as agency workers.

Casual assault on higher education workers

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SOAS fractionals campaign

The creeping marketisation of higher education has had major implications for staff contracts. Xanthe Rose explains the extent of casualised work in the sector.

In April the UCU published a report revealing that higher education institutions are using casualised contracts to a shocking degree. The union estimates that 54 percent of all academic staff and 49 percent of all academic teaching staff are on insecure contracts. That includes staff on hourly-paid, zero-hours and fixed-term contracts, as well as agency workers.

Separate and Dominate

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In France the left has often defended secularism at the expense of defending Muslims against racism.

Delphy, a feminist, anti-racist and important figure in the French anti-war movement, has been outspoken in her opposition to the headscarf ban and to the use of feminism for racist purposes.

These essays from 2002 to 2006 give a good sense of how arguments about Islam, immigration and citizenship have been framed in France in terms of women’s oppression and notions of secularism and republican universalism.

Indigenous Australia: Unfinished business

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The Indigenous Australia exhibition at the British Museum sits uncomfortably between the past and present. It is a powerful combination of art and artefacts from the history of the hundreds of indigenous peoples in what is now known as Australia. The British Museum has been studiously self-conscious in acquiring and exhibiting these objects. It has taken seriously its role of representing people whose voices have largely been written out of their own histories. The exhibition has been curated in discussion with Aboriginal artists, historians and anthropologists.

To the Cloud

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As more of our documents, photos and personal information depart for the Cloud — a network of remote servers that centralise data storage — this is a good moment to reflect on how Cloud computing may change communications and, possibly, our lives more generally but, also, how it has already changed these things often without our knowing.

Digital Revolution

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Digital Revolution

Barbican, London, until 14 September

Digital Revolution opens onto a darkened room lit by code that drops Matrix-style towards the floor, the flashing of video games and the blinking of computer screens. Clips of music repeat over and over, competing with the 8-bit bleeps and bursts from early video games. It’s immediately loud, exciting, daunting and disorientating.

Utopia

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Director John Pilger

When history is contested, it is never only about what has happened in the past but about what is happening in the present. For years "History Wars" have raged in Australia, with Aboriginal Australians, alongside activists and academics, contesting an official history that denies the massacres and genocide Australia was founded on - what John Pilger describes as "the propaganda of empire to justify the stealing of land and the banishment of its people".

I am Nasrine

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Tina Gharavi has created a beautiful character with Nasrine. She's fun, quietly defiant and full of optimism. Like many women in their late teens, she is determined to push boundaries. And that is what drives her into conflict with the repressive moral code of the Iranian state and, eventually, the police.

Tina Gharavi has created a beautiful character with Nasrine. She's fun, quietly defiant and full of optimism. Like many women in their late teens, she is determined to push boundaries. And that is what drives her into conflict with the repressive moral code of the Iranian state and, eventually, the Police.

I am Nasrine follows Nasrine and her brother, Ali, from Tehran to the north of England where they are sent after Nasrine spends an horrific night at the hands of the police.

Murdoch's Politics

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David McKnight

Murdoch and, at least, the British arm of his News Corporation, have been utterly disgraced over the phone hacking scandal, which revealed the corruption that went from the top of the Murdoch empire to the heart of the British establishment.

Yet the Leveson Inquiry, and the royal charter that has been ushered through the House of Commons in its wake, would suggest that very little has been learned from the scandal. With some modest reforms to press regulation and an eerie silence on the question of ownership, little will change.

Slavery Inc.

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Lydia Cacho

Lydia Cacho is an impressive investigator renowned for pursuing stories often at great personal risk. She is best known for her book Los Demonios del Edén (Demons of Eden), in which she exposed a child pornography and prostitution ring involving senior Mexican politicians and businessmen. Her latest book, Slavery Inc, deals with sex trafficking.

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