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’


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

Norma Bermudez: 28th March 2012

The Birmingham Free University are holding an event on 28 March from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Ropewalk pub in Hockley.

We are really happy to have Norma Bermudez – a feminist and pacifist popular educator who works with displaced Afro-Colombian and shanty town women community members using popular education as a tool of empowerment and liberation- as a speaker at this event.

We hope that you can join us to hear from Norma about the ways that she and others are using popular education (built on the same principles as critical pedagogy) to support community development.

This event is open to the public and we hope that you pass the information on widely so that we can get a good crowd to hear what Norma and her colleagues are doing.

For those of us setting up the Birmingham Free University, this might give us some ideas as to how to realise our ideas more fully.

Norma Bermudez, Professor and Women’s Rights Activist, Colombia: