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ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES : What is policy assemblage? Other events...
Assemblage thinking has exploded in policy research, especially among scholars working in the policy mobilities field who are seeking to harness the potential of an assemblage approach to understand how policies move, mutate and manifest in increasingly transnational contexts. The ubiquity of assemblage, however, does not always render it clear, with the concept being variously defined and sometimes lacking conceptual strength and explanatory power. In this seminar, I will seek to conceptualize and defend an assemblage approach to policy analysis. By synthesizing core threads from existing literature, I will identify three theoretical and conceptual foundations central to a ‘policy assemblage’ approach: (1) relations of exteriority and emergence; (2) heterogeneity, relationality and flux; and (3) attention to power, politics and agency. Together, these foundations signal a coherency to assemblage thinking and suggest an assemblage approach has powerful potential, allowing researchers to see and explain things in ways that many established traditions in policy research do not. By identifying foundations and offering examples of how each might be mobilized, I will provide the beginnings of a framework for policy assemblage research not previously articulated in a systematic form, thus inviting further discussion about what it means to undertake policy assemblage research.

Glenn Savage is a senior lecturer at UWA with expertise in education policy and sociology of education. His research focuses on education policy, politics and governance at national and global levels, with a specific interest in equity, federalism, intergovernmental relations, policy mobilities, curriculum, school funding and standards-based reform. Dr Savage has published widely in leading journals and maintains a strong media profile and links with senior policy makers. He currently holds an Australian Research Council ‘Discovery Early Career Researcher Award’ (DECRA) titled ‘National schooling reform and the reshaping of Australian federalism’, which examines how national schooling reforms in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment are reshaping the role of Australian governments in education policy.

Speaker(s) Glenn Savage
Location Social Sciences Building, Room 2203
Contact Farida Fozdar <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 03 May 2019 14:30
End Fri, 03 May 2019 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:46
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