Saturday 6 December – Para-Academic Handbook Launch in London, UK

A worthy cause:

Saturday 6 December – Para-Academic Handbook Launch in London, UK
6.30pm start at Housman’s Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX
£3 entry redeemable against the purchase of any book in-store.
‘Academia is dying, and in the process compulsively crushes the desires for learning, creating, teaching, cooperating it claimed to foster’, Isabelle Stengers writes as endorsement for The Para-Academic Handbook: A Toolkit for making-learning-creating-acting, a unique collection exploring the margins of contemporary academia.
The Para-Academic Handbook collects global perspectives of people who feel connected, in different ways, to the practice of para-academia.
Specialists in all manner of things, from the humanities to the social and biological sciences, the para-academic works alongside the traditional university, sometimes by necessity, sometimes by choice, usually a mixture of both.
This event is an opportunity to discuss the perils, possibilities and necessities of para-academic practice. It will explore how alternatives to the marketised university can not only be sustained, but also flourish.
Join editors Alex Wardrop and Deborah Withers, as well as contributors Charlotte Cooper and Alexandra M Kokoli, to discuss para-academia and its dis-contents.
This will event will be of interest to:
  • academics on short-term, associate, precarious contracts and their allies who want to connect with others in similar situations;
  • Students who may be concerned that the bulk of their expensive university education is being delivered by insecure, often stressed and unhappy lecturers who are treated by institutions as nothing other than a ‘human resource’;
  • People who want to create alternative time-spaces where thinking, learning and knowledge exchange can happen independent of instrumental, market-driven interests.
‘Learning, Transforming, Technique: A Weekend to Explore Transformative Educational Practices’, Drefach Felindre, April 10-13, 2015

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