Critical Network

Supporting grass roots art, thought and action since 2007
Welcome to criticalnetwork ebulletin #101, our first of 2011:
An Education Special

There has been a recent movement in art and education towards self-initiation and autonomy in resistance to the cuts. These alternative models of practice aim to contribute new and invigorating perspectives and strategies to the international movement of strikes, sit-ins and demonstrations that is continuing to gather momentum as governments across the globe use the recession to justify their ideological attacks on society. In this ebulletin we present a small selection of this week’s projects, events and opportunites arising out of this pedagogical counter-culture.

Projects
The University for Strategic Optimism
A university based on the principle of free and open education, a return of politics to the public, and the politicisation of public space.
Where: Goldsmiths College, London SE14 6NW
When: Events taking place weekly
Discourses of Dissent
In light of the coalition government’s austerity agenda and the emerging movement against it, this symposium asks how academic research can help inform and sustain political resistance
Where: Birmingham & Midland Institute, Birmingham
When: Wed 16 Feb 2011
The Free University of Liverpool
Higher Education is a right for all not a privilege for the few. It is on this basis that The Free University of Liverpool is offering a Foundation Degree in Culture and Performance and a BA in Cultural Praxis over the next four years.
Deadline: Applications being taken now
Reading Marx’s Capital Volume 1
We call on you to initiate or join a reading group as part of an international movement to read, discuss and act on Marx’s ideas in response to the crisis of capitalism.
Deadline: Reading groups planned to start March 2011 and run throughout the year
Educational Spaces of Alterity
Nottingham Critical Pedagogy invites contributions for a day of workshops considering how critical education can create and help to reproduce spaces of alterity and contribute to radical social change.
Deadline: Fri 11 Feb 2011
Reimagining the University
An invitation for your theory, praxis and strategy to stimulate discussion of what the university could be.
Deadline: Fri 11 Feb 2011
Resources
Research:
The TEACHABLE FILE is a working catalog of alternative art schools and a pre-pedagogical reference on experimental education. The file is forming itself through communicative action and engaged research.
More…

Demonstrate:
This Sat 29 Jan 2011 demonstrations will be happening in London and Manchester – the perfect opportunity to bring the spirit of last year’s student revolt back onto the streets.
More…

Read:
Don’t Panic, Organise! A Mute Special on Struggle in Education Today.
More…

Download:
Lab of Insurrectory Imagination – A Users Guide To (Demanding) The Impossible.
Download here

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