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Grad Students and Publishing

There is an interesting post over at PEA Soup, discussing whether grad students should be encouraged not to publish. While the comments aren’t resembling any sort of agreement to the argument, the idea is that publishing while a grad student could hurt their job prospects. What do you all think?


Recognition and Work recordings

Here are the recordings from the Recognition and Work conference held at MQ last year. Some notable speakers include Axel Honneth, Emmanuel Renault, and our very own Jean-Philippe Deranty.

Open Access Philosophy

The issue of Open Access has come up again, this time at

Please check it out and read the comments.

‘Heavy Petting’

Um… an interesting article?

Biopolitics in High School

It would’ve been nice to hear that our nations High School students were delving in some pretty hot political and philosophical topics, however, a report out of the ABC instructs us otherwise. Students of a N.S.W High School were seemingly being coerced to provide electronic fingerprint scans for the purpose of role marking. The principle of a Western Sydney High School is reported as saying that the scans can only be used for the purpose of role marking, suggesting that it is a much more efficient way to mark student attendance roles that the somewhat archaic (my emphasis) paper archival system. Whilst I’m an advocate and in favour of decreasing the usage and wastage of paper, surely there must be an easier and less invasive method of role marking. Some businesses, for example, use a simple computer sign-on systems that marks the time of arrival and departure. Whilst public schools are impart responsible for the attendance of students, Orwellian style surveillance is highly unnecessary and somewhat askancive. My question is, what are they going to do with with e-fingerprints once students leave school? I’m sure our police and defense forces may be interested in some of that information. After all, we are living in a post-panoptical society.

(Note: don’t forget to listen to the audio available on that link.)

Open Courseware

Waz put me onto Open Courseware a few weeks back, though I didn’t know it was this big. I recently saw an add on Fox talking about the latest open learning craze.  Here are some links to some Open Courseware institutes:

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Homo Sacer

A copy of Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer available here.

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