UK Free University Network (FUN)

UK Free University Network (FUN) Sustaining Alternative Universities
Collaborative Research Conference 1-2 December 2012 Oxford, UK

Free University Network Conference: ‘Sustaining Alternative Universities’


A Brief History of Neo-Liberalism

An RSA animate of David Harvey’s work on the crisis of capitalism

An inteview with David Harvey that questions him about his book – A Brief History of Neoliberalism:

25 minute talk by David Harvey, 2009 :

October 2012 – meetings, events

Wednesday 10th October 2012 

18.30 @ The Birmingham & Midland Institute. Margaret Street, B3 3BX Birmingham.  Meeting to discuss and plan the group and next event – details below.

Saturday 27th October 2012 

12:00 until 16:00 @ The Birmingham & Midland Institute. Margaret Street, B3 3BXBirmingham. We are meeting on Saturday 27 October 2012 to have a discussion on Paolo Freire’s work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

The discussion is mainly to situate this writing in our current context and talk about how we can engage in critical learning and teaching today.

We are meeting to have the discussion between 2-4pm but if you would like to join us before that – from 12 noon we are meeting to discuss plans for workshops/events/classes and films we hope to set up in the coming months in the Free uni.

Please come along, bring friends and share your thoughts! The book is freely available in pdf at the link below.

Our only rule about reading it is that you come ready to discuss education and learning experiences critically – whether you have read some of the book or all (or very little!)  We look forward to seeing you there!

September 2012 – meetings, events

Info, of, about September 2012  meetings & events

28th September 

Symposium – MSFAC residency @ Edible Eastside, a response to Cathy Wade’s ‘Beyond The Pale’ . MSFAC – an investigation into the nature of territories, boundaries, walls, communities and areas.

26th September 

We met to watch a film at the M.A.C.  (Midlands Arts Centre) at 6pm and had a short meeting afterwards to finalise plans for our event in October which will be an afternoon of films and discussion on the crises of capitalism and the effects of the marketisation of education and how we can create new spaces to live and learn. We watched a documentary called Nostalgia for the Light (part of the human rights film festival)

Trailer for the documentary:



Pedagogy, Process

By Gramsci (short) on the limits of what was the Popular University of Turin

A discussion of critical pedagogy – part of a meeting held by what was The Space Project which was part of The Really Open University

Ideas of, about, Education Reference materials, of, about education…

Paulo Freire. Pedagogy of the Oppressed – available free online

Ivan Illich. Deschooling Society – available free online

David Gribble (some free texts)

More information of,  about, critical teaching, learning process…