Reading, viewing and doing groups: exploring informal spaces of learning

6 September 2021

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Venue: Antiuni Online: Virtual Classroom 1

Organiser: Anna Stenning

We participate in reading, viewing and doing groups on neurodiversity, disability, critical mental health, mad studies/activism, care, and psychopolitics. Some of us are facilitators, others not. Some of our groups have been running for a long time, others we are just imagining how to set them up. Regardless, we are all interested in these informal spaces of learning which allow us to encounter and exchange experiences and ideas otherwise. Our knowledge is not only on the readings, viewings and doings we choose, but also on the ways we meet - e.g. when we do not only read and talk about care but develop practices of mutual care. We want to gather to celebrate our knowing practices and generate a space for further encounter and exchange. We want to honor our differences, yet acknowledge interdependence and the interconnectedness of our struggles, finding ways to build solidarities and connections among movements for justice.

POSSIBLE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS How do we read-view-do in our group (in advance / in the moment)? How do we meet to discuss? How often? For how long? Who participates in our meetings? Do we have a facilitator/facilitating strategy? Are our meetings online or in-person? Has it always been this way? Where do we meet? Which physical space or online platform? Why there? Since when have we been meeting? What would we highlight from our group? Which kind of texts-films-activities do we pay attention to? How are those chosen? Are there any that standed out? Any session in particular? Do our readings-films-activities inform our collective practice? Does our group have any ground rules? Have we made any considerations in regards to access? What are our reflections/experiences on making it a safe/brave/inviting space? What is the future like for these groups? How can we combine online and in-person meet-ups? AFTER-EVENT FOLLOW-UP We will invite people to contribute to our rise-up pad for suggesting ideas during or after the event and to ask if you/your group/network would like to be part of a festival of online reading/watching/doing groups in 2022, connected to the themes of CARE *ECOLOGY *EXPERIMENT *MENTAL-HEALTH *ORGANISING

Access information: During the event itself, we will have facilitators available to ensure that everyone has a chance to speak/chat and that any comments/questions are read out (please let us know if you would like to help with facilitation).
Our gathering will take place online on the platform Jitsi Meet. On the day, you will need a good internet connection and one device - either smartphone, computer, laptop, tablet or chromebook. If you registered on Eventbrite, you will receive a link via email the day before. You do not need to open an account on Jitsi to join us (you can use a nickname if you prefer).

We will gather for around 90 minutes and everybody is invited to take part in the conversation. While we would love to listen and see you all, we are keen on people joining in their own way: speaking up, writing on the text-chat, only listening, cameras on or off - whatever feels more comfortable. You can also take part via email (anna.stenning@gmail.com).

We will not be recording this gathering, and there will be no BSL interpretation, audio-descriptions, nor captions provided on the day.

We are learning how to make our gatherings more accessible. If you have any suggestions or enquiries, please get in touch with us via email at anna.stenning@gmail.com We will do our best to accommodate, this time and in future.