Authority and Knowledge: People, Policy, Politics

An Interdisciplinary Conference

The University of Melbourne

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th February 2014

There is a fundamental relationship between authority and knowledge: the entitlement to know, to speak, and to act relies upon claims of expertise, power and experience. This conference aims to bring researchers together who are currently engaged in research concerning the nature, form and function of authority and knowledge socially, culturally, politically, and institutionally. We welcome papers that address the multifaceted ways in which claims to authority and knowledge permeate everyday social life, political understandings and practices, and policy reform (people, policy, politics).

Please follow this link to view the full call for papers, and to submit an abstract before the closing date, November 30, 2013: http://authorityandknowledge.wordpress.com

A&K Conference Call for Papers


Panel Discussion: Achieving a Social State and the new Giant Evils at LSE, March 13

Lots of international events going on… This one is for those who will be in London in March. A panel discussion organised by the LSE Politics and Policy blog on Wed 13 March 2013, 6:30pm. Free event so expected to be very popular. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. A podcast on the LSE politics and policy blog and live tweeting action #socialstate from the event will be available for those who are not able to get in or who won’t be anywhere near London at the time…

Seventy years ago the Beveridge Report announced the pursuit of a new settlement, one that would dramatically change the structure of Britain for the better. With this in mind, a new project from Class looks at what Beveridge’s analysis of society can teach us about the Giant Evils of today and how can we use this to chart an alternative course for a welfare state – or Social State – fit for a new settlement in 2015.

This event at the London School of Economics will bring together the experts working on Class’s Social State project in a panel discussion on the themes and policy suggestions proposed in this series of work.


  • Chair: Dr Robin Archer, LSE
  • Kate Bell, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Duncan Bowie, University of Westminster
  • Howard Reed, Landman Economics
  • Zoe Williams, The Guardian

Further speakers to be announced

For further info and to register free attendance please see: http://classonline.org.uk/events/item/achieving-a-social-state