Spaces of Alterity

Educational Spaces of Alterity
Call for Contributions

Nottingham Critical Pedagogy invites contributions for a day of workshops considering spaces (both inside and outside the academy) that may help challenge the dominance of neoliberal logics, alienated practices and Eurocentric hegemony in contemporary educational practice, and in so doing contribute to radical social change.

We hope to welcome contributions from a variety of disciplines and from inside and outside the academy. These can be in any format, but we especially encourage those that break from traditional conference paper models: workshops, artistic engagements, poster presentations and performances would all be welcomed. We welcome suggestions for entire workshop sessions (90 minutes), or single contributions, which we will group into workshops.

Our event partners Spaces of Alterity: a conference hosted by the University of Nottingham’s Department of Culture, Film and Media on Wed 27 – Thu 28 Apr 2011, with keynote addresses by China Miéville and Alberto Toscano. Both events are designed to work on their own, but participants are more than welcome to attend both should they wish, and we will be co-curating an Annexinema film night with Spaces of Alterity (details tbc) to show short films which touch upon the themes of the two events.

A non-exhaustive list of themes you may wish to consider is offered over the page. Please do not feel these are mutually exclusive.

Critical Education and ‘The Crisis’

+How can critical education respond to the crisis in higher education and wider societal crises?
+Do these crises close down or create spaces of hope for critical education?
+Defending the university? Transforming the university? Abandoning the university?

Education and the Affective

+Emotional epistemologies and pedagogies.
+The role of hope in critical education.
+‘Radical love’.

Community Education

+Skillshare workshops.
+Social movements/community politics.
+Challenging the borders between HE and community.
+The role of non-traditional educational spaces (art galleries, social centres, etc).

Border Thinking and Hybridity

+The importance of identity and difference for critical education.
+Challenging hegemonic and Eurocentric perspectives.
+How can we introduce the subaltern into the classroom?

Reflections on Practice

+Experiences of critical education.
+What can we learn from past experiences, experiments and struggle?

Art, Music and Critical Education

+The role of art and music in critical education.
+Resonances between critical education and contemporary theory and practice in art and music.
+Problems of assessment in critical and artistic education: or is assessment the problem?

Please send abstracts and information on the format you wish your presentation to take to nottinghamcriticalpedagogy[at]gmail.com. These should be no more than 300 words, but may contain links to further reading regarding your chosen method of presentation.

Deadline: Fri 11 Feb 2011.

Registration is free for Educational Spaces of Alterity but there are fees for Spaces of Alterity: attendance for one day is £25/£35; for both days it’s £45/55 (cheaper price for students and unwaged).

We have a limited amount of money to help cover the travel and accommodation costs of participants who would not otherwise be able to attend, with expenses related to their presentations, or to help with fees for those who wish to stay for Spaces of Alterity. Please indicate if you need financial assistance (and roughly how much) when you apply. Food and drink will be provided for all.

If you wish to attend our workshop but not present, please email us by Mon 28 Feb 2011. We cannot guarantee a place but hope to be able to accommodate you. If demand is too high places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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