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What is the Sound of Radical Education Today?

8 December 2012

3 – 4.30pm

Janna Graham and members of the Radical Education Forum will use their recently published Radical Education Workbook, to discuss and enact histories of radical education and their relevance to issues such as academies, free schools and the English Baccalaureate.

The Radical Education Forum is a group of people working in a wide range of educational settings who meet monthly to discuss radical pedagogical theories and techniques, and contemporary issues of interest to those involved in education. The group work with theories and questions that inform teaching and learning practice. The Forum supports social justice in education, linking practitioners within mainstream educational institutions, community education initiatives, social movements, arts organisations and self-organised groups. Their meetings are held on the first Monday of every month at from 7-9pm at Freedom Bookshop, Whitechapel, and are open to all. The REF launched the Radical Education Workbook at the London Anarchist Bookfair in October. It is available to download here.

Originally trained as a Geographer, Janna Graham has initiated a number of critical pedagogy projects in and outside of the arts. She is currently Projects Curator at the Serpentine Gallery, where she works with others to create The Centre for Possible Studies, an education and research space in the Edgware Road neighbourhood of London where artists and local people develop ‘studies of the possible’ in response to social inequalities of urban space and local histories of critical education, community organising and radical research. As a teacher and Phd candidate at Goldsmiths University, she has been mapping aesthetic practices across key texts and practices of critical education. Graham is a member of 12 person international sound and political collective Ultra-red, works with the Precarious Workers Brigade in London and is part of the band and neo-liberalism study group Chicago Boys: while we were singing they were dreaming.

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