Future Tense 18.5.2012

Goldsmiths Learning and Teaching Conference 2012

Date: Friday 18th May 2012, 9.00-4.30
Venue: Goldsmiths, University of London (find us)
Cost: Free – registration necessary

Goldsmiths Learning Enhancement Unit is hosting a conference to explore some of the key issues currently shaping higher education today. The event interrogates what familiar concepts such as ‘interdisciplinarity’ and ‘research-based teaching’ really mean in current practice, as well as contemplating technology-enabled futures for learning.

You will hear from individuals whose work in university departments is shaping, shifting or challenging existing learning and teaching activities. In an exciting collaboration, Martin Conreen, from Goldsmiths’ Design Department, and Mark Miodownik, the materials scientist from University College, London who gave the 2010 Royal Institute Christmas Lectures, will give a keynote presentation. Presenters include Melissa Benn, Linda Drew, John Hutnyk, Andrew Middleton and Richard Wingate.

The conference is open to all and we look forward to seeing you.
As tickets are limited, please only register if you intend to attend!

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More information on speakers and panels


Mark Miodownik (University College London) and Martin Conreen (Goldsmiths, Department of Design): The Importance of Stuff


Richard Wingate (Kings College, London): Researcher-Led Teaching


Melissa Benn and Fiona Millar: Education and Equality?
Chaired by Francis Gilbert ( Goldsmiths, Department of English and Comparative Literature)


Free Learning – Web 2.0 and the Challenge to Higher Education
Andrew Middleton (Quality Enhancement and Student Success, Sheffield Hallam): Extending Learning Environments in Audio and Video
Mira Vogel (Goldsmiths Learning Enhancement Unit): Learning for Free? – The World of MOOCs
Crossing Borders – Interdisciplinarity in Action
Michael Dutton and John Reardon (Goldsmiths, Department of Politics): Politics/Art: Multi-Genre Learning and Teaching
Deirdre Osborne (Goldsmiths, Department of Theatre and Performance): Crossing Many Roots: the Notion of the Cross-Disciplinary MA
Squaring the Circle – Research/Teaching in Practice
Anna Carlile (Goldsmiths, Department of Educational Studies): The Illuminate Student-Researcher Programme
Michael Young and Anna Furse (Goldsmiths): Goldsmiths Perceptions of Research-Based Teaching
Pedagogics – Conceptual Approaches to Learning and Teaching
Linda Drew (Dean of Academic Development, Glasgow School of Art): Relational Pedagogy for Practice: Practical Pumps to Platforms
Kevin Molin (Goldsmiths, Department of Educational Studies): (Un)planned Talk
Student Consumers/Student Producers? The Student as Subject in Higher Education
Mary Karpel (Head of Work-based Learning, University of East London): Student-Centred Curriculum Development
Lucy Renton (Faculty Blended Learning Leader, Faculty Of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston): Opening Out: Edgeless Virtual Learning Environments and Student Producers
Universities and the Real World — ‘Experience’ and Learning and Teaching
Adam Dinham ( Goldsmiths, Faiths & Civil Society Unit): A Role for Religion in Higher Education?
John Hutnyk (Goldsmiths, Centre for Cultural Studies): ‘Workers Inquiry’ and the Teaching Factory – A Cultural Studies Position
Slides Rules and Realist Novels: Continuities in Learning and Teaching
Rory Allen (Goldsmiths, Department of Psychology): Like the Slide Rule: Teaching Statistics
Christine Eastman (Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex): Charles Dickens and Work-Based Learning – a Case Study
Assessment and Learning
Marco Gillies (Goldsmiths, Department of Computing):  Between the real and the virtual: assessment and feedback in Computing
Vanessa King (Goldsmiths, Department of History): Assessment in History


Deb Astell and Brigitte Parusel (Capture Arts): The Capture System – Creative Thinking, Learning and Teaching
Caroline Frizell (Goldsmiths, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, in the Department of Professional and Community Education): Body-Based Experiential Learning

Find out more

Please address queries to gleu@gold.ac.uk.

More information on speakers and panels 

 includes my bit, in the panel with Adam:
John Hutnyk (Goldsmiths, Centre for Cultural Studies)
‘Workers Inquiry’ and the Teaching Factory – A Cultural Studies Position
I want to focus primarily on the development of workers inquiry or co-research. First called a parallel sociology, which owes debts to Adorno, via the work of Panzieri in the journal Quaderni Rossi (Wright 2002:21). Alongside this, from outside the labour movement, the collection of oral histories and questionnaires of the ‘poverty-stricken’ came to be known as co-research. I think we can trace this work back to the figure of the Factory Inspector Leonard Horner as described by Marx in his chapter on ‘The Working Day’ in Capital.
Today, workers inquiry in the autonomy tradition works at that field where the socialized worker may recognize themselves and their work – immaterial labour, affective labour, attention, virtual, precarious, productive consumption, communications, symbolic play, shit work mixed with temporary, flexible, diversified, collaborative, remote, transitory and itinerant labour –as subject to, and thereby organized against, capital and capitalists. The bourgeoisie can only recognize itself through the state, as orthodox Marxism would have it, and needs institutionalized sociologists and anthropologists to articulate its self-image (this is another trap of the teaching factory) but workers inquiry is necessary collective, participatory and self-organized. Here a responsibility to oneself as part of a project offers a different outlook on social research than does the control orders of disciplinary knowledge. So maybe we can explore the idea of breaking with the order words and hierarchy of knowledges where cultural studies might sidestep the requirement of working for the man (in order to work for the human).
Steve Wright Storming Heaven Pluto Press. 2002 – chapter 2
Marx ‘The Working Day’ – chapter 10 of Capital. 1867
Additional Reading: 
Wright, 2000 Storming Heaven, London: Pluto. Ch 2.
Kolinko 1999 Hotlines: Call Centre Communism – http://www.nadir.org/nadir/initiativ/kolinko/lebuk/e_lebuk.htm
Dowling, Emma, R. Nunes & B. Trott (eds) special issue on Affective Labour in Ephemera http://www.ephemeraweb.org/journal/7-1/7-1index.htm
Shukaitus, Stevphen and David Graeber 2007 Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations, Collective Theorization AK Press.
Kracauer, Siegfried 1930 The Salaried Masses London: Verso 1998

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