Rethinking the University through the Right to the City

16 June 2017

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Venue: Conway Hall (Brockway Room), Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Organiser: Cassie Earl

Cassie is currently a university lecturer in an education department. Having come into higher education late she immediately found herself working within, against and beyond the institution after many years of community education, research, and theatre. Her background is popular education and a great deal of her research and writing focuses on nurturing dissent and creating unruly subjects.

The University is in crisis and this event will think through whether it is an institution worth saving in its current form through an exploration of alternative ways of seeing, doing, and knowing education. Connecting learning to the ‘Right to the City’ movement and ‘education as a commons’ allows us to re-imagine public education, for the public, in public and wonder what might invented to form an intellectual public outside the walls of formal institutions and privately held knowledge. At this event, Cassie will present some ideas from recent research followed by a dialogue with those present interested in notions such as teaching in public, public intellectualism, political learning for all, learning as performance, the emancipation of knowledge from behind the walls of institutions, and the creation of equitable commons of different ways of knowing.