Visiting Scholar Seminar 28 Aug

Visiting Scholar Seminar 28 Aug

Issued: Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:35:00 BST

Visiting scholar seminar: 

Monday 28 August 2017, 3pm, Room 517A, St Andrew’s Building, University of Glasgow

Dr. Glenn C. Savage

The University of Western Australia

The phantom national? Using an ‘assemblage analytic’ to understand national schooling reforms

In this seminar, Dr. Glenn C. Savage will draw upon an emerging body of research on ‘policy assemblage’ within the fields of policy sociology, anthropology and critical geography, to consider how an assemblage analytic might help researchers better understand national schooling reforms in an era marked by increasingly transnational policy mobilities. He will begin by outlining core foundations of an assemblage analytic that make it generative for analysing complex policy formations. He will then use the development of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) as an illustrative case, to show how this particular national reform has evolved from complex and uneven interactions between diverse policy ideas, practices, actors and organisations. He will argue that while reforms like the APST claim to be national in form and scope, ‘the national’ is better understood as a disjunctive and phantom-like assemblage of heterogeneous parts, which reflect strong transnational traits and impulses. This has implications for researchers seeking to understand national schooling policies in unitary and federal systems alike, especially in an era in which standards-based reforms are touted globally as policy solutions to a host of apparent dilemmas in schooling policy and beyond.

Dr. Glenn C. Savage is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Education at the University of Western Australia. His current research examines how schooling policies in federal systems are mediated by transnational flows of policy ideas and practices. He currently holds an Australian Research Council ‘Discovery Early Career Researcher Award’ (DECRA) titled ‘National schooling reform and the reshaping of Australian federalism’ (2016-2019).


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