2016 Events

KERU Workshop 2016 series

  • Tuesday 23 February 2016, 4-6pm
    Workshop 1: Discourse and ideology
    Venue – N313

The workshop will be led by Megan Lourie and Zulfa Sakhiyya who will discuss how they have engaged with these concepts in their research. This will lead to a full discussion to which all are invited to contribute.

  • Tuesday 8 March 2016, 4-6pm
    Workshop 2: Questions about Marxist theory
    Venue – N313

Kirsten Locke and Zulfa Sakhiyya will ask questions of Elizabeth Rata and John Morgan about various ideas in Marxist theory. The questions will cover a wide range of ideas such as: What is relative autonomy? What is Marxist determinism? How did Marx theorise the relationship between the economic structure and the superstructure? What are the limitations of a Marxist analysis?  All attendees are invited to contribute to the discussion.

  • Wednesday 25 May 2016, 4-6pm
    Workshop 3: Durkheim and Symbolic Systems
    Venue – N313

The workshop will be led by Elizabeth Rata using her Working Paper ‘A Durheimian Approach to Symbolic Systems’ to open up a full discussion on the relevance of Durkheim’s ideas about collective representations to New Zealand education today.


The purpose of the workshops is to encourage discussion and debate about ideas that are central to sociology of education research.

Faculty staff and postgraduate students are all welcome to attend.

RSVP to Elizabeth Rata.

  • Monday 24 March 2016, 10am-3pm
    The 6th International Knowledge and Education Research Unit (KERU) Symposiumarch Unit (KERU) Symposium
    Venue – N451

          Download the programme below. RSVP to Elizabeth Rata.


Previous events


  • Monday 25 May 2015
    Preparing for the Third Social Realism Symposium
    Discussant: Dr Megan Lourie
  • Monday 29 June – Wednesday 1 July 2015
    International Social Realism Symposium: Five Knowledge and Education Research Unit (KERU) members, Elizabeth Rata, Graham McPhail, John Morgan, Alexis Siteine, and Barbara Ormond presented at the 3rd International Social Realism Symposium Jesus College, Cambridge University.
  • Thursday 16 July 2015
    Department of Social Anthropology, Lund University
    Elizabeth Rata: ‘Drawing a Long Bow – from Neotribal Capitalism to Knowledge in Schools’
  • Wednesday 23 September 2015
    Knowledge and Education Research Unit (KERU) and Critical Studies in Education (CRSTIE) seminar
    Graham McPhail and Elizabeth Rata
    Comparing Curriculum Types: ‘Powerful Knowledge’ and ‘21st Century Learning’


  • Monday 24 MarchColloquium
    Chair: Dr Graham McPhail (KERU member and doctoral candidate in CRSTIE)
  • Thursday 27 February
    KERU Re-launch
KERU international symposium 2014
  • KERU Annual International Symposium
    A week of presentations and discussions involving KERU members and invited national and international visitors: Professor Michael Young, Professor David Lambert. A book launch will also take place during the symposium: Barrett, B. & Rata, E. (Eds.), Knowledge and the Future of the Curriculum: International Studies in Social Realism. Palgrave Macmillan.
    Date: Monday 29 September – Friday 3 October


  • 29 July
    Roots of disciplinary difference and the curriculum
    Seminar by School of Critical Studies in Education Distinguished Fellow Professor Johan Muller, University of Cape Town.
  • 30 July
    Knowledge and knowledgeable practice: two traditions of professional education
    Seminar by Michael Young, University of London, and Johan Muller, University of Cape Town.
  • 31 July
    Access to Powerful Knowledge Symposium
    Speakers: Michael Young, Graham McPhail, Barbara Ormond, Johan Muller, John Morgan


  • 23 February
    Presenter: Graham McPhail (KERU member and doctoral candidate in CRSTIE)
    Discussion of Moore, R. ‘The Problem of the Problem of Knowledge in the Sociology of Education: The Elements of Social Realism’, unpublished paper.
  • 12 April
    Colloquium ‘What does it mean to use a realist methodology?”
    Presenters: Alexis Siteine, Saba Kiani, Barbara Ormond and Megan Lourie
  • July 9 - 12
    A week of events with national and international visitors: Professor Michael Young, University of London; Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan, University of Melbourne; Dr Bronwyn Wood and Dr Mark Sheehan, Victoria University of Wellington. See full programme


Return visit by Hood Fellow, Professor Michael Young, Institute of Education, University of London.

  • 4 July
    Knowledge and Education Symposium
    Speakers: Professor Michael Young, Barbara Ormond, Graham McPhail
  • 5 July
    KERU and RUPIE Workshop
    Disciplinarity and the Sociology of Education
  • 6 July
    Forum ‘What is it to be critical in critical educational studies’
    Professor Michael Young, Associate Professor Elizabeth Rata, Professor Stephen May
    View 2011 Knowledge and Education Symposium and Forum videos