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Teaching and Learning Conference for Politics

Teaching and Learning Conference for Politics

Teaching and Learning Conference for Politics

Teaching and Learning Conference for Politics


10th Annual Political Studies Association/British International Studies Association Conference
Thursday 14th September - Friday 15th September
University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln invites you to participate in this year's annual PSA/BISA teaching and learning conference. The theme for the conference is:

Teaching Politics as a Vocation

The conference is concerned with teaching politics in higher education. The theme for the conference is based on a lecture given by Max Weber (1864 - 1920) to the Free Students Union of Bavaria in Munich 1919 during the German Revolution, when Munich was regarded as Bavarian Socialist Republic. The title of the lecture was 'Politics as a Vocation'.

The lecture is famous for raising issues concerned with politics as a vocation. The issues dealt with in this lecture could usefully be applied to consider teaching politics as a vocation now. This includes matters with which we are already familiar, but there are other issues that might help us to consider our professional life as university teachers in a different way. If the state is 'the legitimate use of force', as Weber claimed, to what extent can teaching in state sponsored institutions be regarded as a form of violence (Allen 2014, Neary 2016)? We are used to talking about passionate teaching but how about charismatic teaching (McCulloch 2014) as well as the concept vanity in academic life? Weber had it that 'in academic and scholarly circles vanity is a sort of occupation disease' (Weber 1919). We are used to thinking of administration and bureaucracy as a negative aspect of our work but how about thinking about it as a radical gesture, full of progressive morality and ethical intent (Du Gay 2000); and, rather than complaining about neoliberal managerialism, how might we as teachers of politics construct other forms of democratic leadership in our institutions as well as taking on positions of democratic leadership and promoting collegiality (Winn and Hall 2017, Bacon 2014). It is important, following Weber, that we contextualise our thinking with reference to the political context within which we are working, which although not a time of revolution is a period of enormous political upheaval, when socialist solutions appear to have been disabled and right wing proto-fascism is coming back to prominence.

There is a reduced rate available for students. There is also an optional dinner for which the menu can be found here. Please select the appropriate rate below.

Please click here to review the terms and conditions for our refunds policy (point 3.10).

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