How can you help the SSC?

We quite regularly get email from people who love the idea of the Social Science Centre and want to contribute in some way, but do not live in or near the city of Lincoln, where we’re based. There are a number of ways (in no particular order) that people can still get involved and contribute to our work wherever you happen to be:

  1. Give a public seminar at the SSC in Lincoln. We try to hold one event each month
  2. Write a blog post for our website that discusses the SSC, new models of higher education, etc.
  3. Invite us to give a talk where you are
  4. Join the SSC mailing list
  5. Join the SSC as a scholar or associate scholar
  6. Donate to the SSC if you can
  7. Consider how we can be included in formal research projects, grant proposals, etc.
  8. Involve us in creating your own local version of the SSC co-operative model for higher education
  9. Write a journal article, book chapter or blog post that critiques and helps develop the ideas and practices of the SSC
  10. Contact people in your own networks to make them aware of the SSC and how to help further the work of the SSC
  11. Offer legal, constitutional, financial, organisational advice
  12. Tell us about similar work that you’re doing, relevant news about alternative approaches to higher education, as well as criticisms and critiques you have of the SSC and similar projects.

However you’d like to contribute, do tell us by emailing

Thank you!

The SSC in Radical Philosophy journal

Over the last year, we’ve run an entry-level evening class called ‘The Social Science Imagination’ (after C. Wright-Mills’s 1959 book The Sociological Imagination), which is an open course run by and for people who want to develop a critical understanding of the social world through social-scientific inquiry. The class proceeds from scholars’ everyday problematics to theoretical critique. Through this emerging curriculum, we take up Mills’s key challenge: how can individuals who appear powerless change and transform wider social structures in ways that are progressive and humanizing? Why does it matter that we learn to make links between our own private troubles and our more collective public issues? And how can we contextualize this work, as Mills suggests we must, as social theory and social history? The wide range of issues that emerged from this were documented, compiled, collectively coded and reorganized to form the basis for the coming year’s programme of study.

Read more in this month’s Radical Philosophy journal: An experiment in free, co-operative higher education.

Occupying the City with the Social Science Centre

A substantial interview with Social Science Centre member, Mike Neary, has been published by Class War University.

Professor Mike Neary speaks on the origins, purposes, and tensions of The Social Science Centre, Lincoln in the UK, an alternative form of higher education provision run as a formally constituted co-operative. The Social Science Centre sets itself against the usual colonial relations between universities and communities, seeking to occupy and re-invent the ‘idea of the university’ by producing critical, practical knowledge grounded in the real lives of its members. Neary raises questions about how such projects can create new, sustainable forms of social wealth against and beyond capitalism.

To read the interview, go here:

‘Something new in freedom’ – SSC in the Times Higher Education

Alastair Bonnett has written an interesting article about the SSC and other alternative higher education projects in the UK for the Times Higher Education (23 May 2013), following his talk on ‘Radical pasts, contested futures’. It makes great points for discussion and debate. The link may not be accessible to everyone, though – if you have a copy, please let us know.