Free BESA Online Webinars Available for Booking

We are pleased to announce that the next two BESA Webinars are available for booking and details are provided below. These are free to all and are limited to 30 places per event, so if you are interested in attending, please book early to avoid disappointment. Registration will close the day before each event.

Booking will require you to login in via your BESA website account, and if you do not have one you are able to create an account as part of the booking process. If you have any problems reserving your place via the website, please contact .

Speaker: Dr Alpesh Maisuria, Associate Professor of Education Policy in Critical Education at the University of the West of England
Title: Critical Education in Capitalism
Date: 11th Nov 2020 @ 10.30am-11.20am
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Abstract: I’ll build on my recent work on the neoliberalism by locating the current Covid-19 crisis in the crises of capitalism. I will argue that education has had, and will continue to have, a central role for capitalism. Therefore, to comprehend the nature of education necessitates an understanding of capitalist economics. Drawing on the example of higher education in England, I will specify three functions that education has in capitalist economies – my provocation will be about how these functions may alter after this historical moment and how we as (critical) educators could/ought to respond for the objective of social justice.

Speaker:  Dr Gurpinder Lalli, Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion Studies
Title: Schools, Space and Culinary Capital
Date: 30th Nov 2020 @ 2.00pm-3.00pm
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Abstract: The paper introduces the notion of culinary capital to investigate socialisation and school mealtime experiences in one Academy school based in the UK. Whilst forms of culinary capital have been discussed in public discourse, such as social media, it has not yet been discussed in a school-based context. This research which was funded by the British Education Studies Association (BESA) aims to highlight how forms of culinary capital can be extended in the school dining hall, whilst debating the processes of socialisation and how these are said to interfere. The research data consists of interviews collated from children, teachers and staff within the school. The school dining hall is central to the focus of this research and the research includes visuals, field notes and references to observations.

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