Women’s Struggles – Saturday 24th November

Main reading for this seminar is:

Alldridge (2015) Defense of Commons as Feminist Struggle, Why women will save the planet, Zed books, March 2018

We would also like to suggest that people look at one of the following articles, and especially the concepts of ‘politics in feminine’ and ‘the among women’:

Liz Mason-Deese (2018) ‘From #MeToo to #WeStrike: a politics in feminine’, Viewpoint Magazine, 7 March, https://www.viewpointmag.com/2018/03/07/metoo-westrike-politics-feminine/.

Raquel Gutierrez (2018) ‘Because we want ourselves alive, together we are disrupting everything: Notes for thinking about the paths of social transformation today’, Viewpoint Magazine, 7 March, https://www.viewpointmag.com/2018/03/07/want-alive-together-disrupting-everything-notes-thinking-paths-social-transformation-today/.

For those who are interested in widening the perspective, I would recommend:

Alex Knight’s (2009) ‘Who were the witches? Patriarchal terror and the creation of capitalism’, about Silvia Federici’s 2004 book Caliban and the Witchhttps://endofcapitalism.com/2009/11/05/who-were-the-witches-patriarchal-terror-and-the-creation-of-capitalism/.

Vandana Shiva‘s (2015) ‘Hand in hand: women’s empowerment and sustainabilty’, PDF coming in further email.

Crystal Valentine (2015) #Feminism, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FCkoyTUmeQ#action=share.

The Women’s Budget Group (2018) ‘The impact of austerity on women in the UK’, https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Development/IEDebt/WomenAusterity/WBG.pdf OR Runnymeade Trust, ‘Impact of austerity on Black and Minority Ethnic women in the UK’, https://www.runnymedetrust.org/uploads/PressReleases/1%20bme_executive_summary-A3-01.pdf.

Reflective discussion & collage-making

In case you missed it last time, here’s another chance to do Hannah’s workshop – I can totally recommend it! This Sunday at Coffee Aroma, Guildhall Street (upstairs room), 10am-midday.

This arts-based focus group is part of my (Hannah’s) research for my master’s dissertation on alternative “counter-neoliberal” higher education. The 2 hour workshop involves reflective discussion and collage-making regarding our perceptions of SSC: who we are, what are we doing here, and how does SSC relate to and within the wider higher education sector.

We will start with some discussions/introductions and then create collages that express/communicate our perceptions of SSC. They can be individual or collaborative and they are yours to keep (although I would love to take a photo of them). For the last half an hour (perhaps longer if there is time) we will talk about our collages, ask one another questions and explore metaphor and meaning. I will provide materials but if you have anything lying around (old newspapers, magazines, prospectuses, textiles, glue, scissors, etc.) which you can bring along please do.

As this is part of my research study I intend to audio-record discussion using my phone. I will also need to collect signed consent forms. I will bring hardcopies of consent forms and study information, but they are also available for you to look over here:

Consent form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKdoBQdolOTr-90Ns1D7rgXSXoUIJdTiQwXZskDikTs/edit?usp=sharing
Information sheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JZroUQCjBoO04jV7g6fn5iP69n6t2qS3/view?usp=sharing
Participant sheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XJqvP_wou-XOniOEAtrat3cPshYDT_tT/view?usp=sharing

The Greatest Threat to the Internal Security of the USA: The Black Panther Free Breakfast for Children Program with Sunny Dhillon

Tuesday 24th April

This paper seeks to explore the legacy of The Black Panther Party amidst the contemporary, neo-liberal context in which we find ourselves, here in the UK. In particular, the paper will focus on the Panthers’ Free Breakfast for Children Program, and the response in 1969 by the then former FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, responding to it as ‘the greatest threat to the internal security of the USA’. The reasons for this response will be examined through a critical theorist lens; namely, Herbert Marcuse. The legacy of this program will be explored, before a group work task to attempt a synthesis with what the Panthers accomplished, and the challenges facing those disenfranchised here in Lincolnshire. It is hoped that the paper rekindles interest in the Panthers, and how they serve as an example of the power of community organisation and activism in the face of state and corporate injustice.

Reading: https://www.marxists.org/history/usa/workers/black-panthers/index.htm

This link to to a brief overview of the Panthers on the open access Marxists.org., as well as their Ten-Point Program: https://www.marxists.org/history/usa/workers/black-panthers/1966/10/15.htm.

Emergent Learning – Tuesday 10th April 2018

This week, we’ll be recalling the year’s learning – housing & homelessness; the built environment & pro-sociality; Marxism, neo-liberalism, the growth economy, and other things besides: what have been the most pertinent, interesting, challenging things that have emerged out of this year’s work? what threads and patterns emerge? and what questions and problems have arisen?
Part two: to feed into the chapter we are writing about the SSC, we wanted to include a range of scholars’ voices about what the SSC is, and does. Why do you come to SSC? What does the SSC do that’s valuable or important to you?
If you’d like to prepare, we invite you to write a paragraph about why you joined SSC, and what you have got out of it so far.
Reading: return to notes and readings from this year –
Notes from session:
  • Six scholars present and one apology for not attending due to ill health.
  • Reviewed presentations/talks covered this year.
  • Discussed the relevance of these events to the topic of Housing and the Built Environment. David Hughes presentation ‘War and the media’ was quite removed from the above topic. However, it was stated that this talk at the beginning of the year did provide inspiration and confidence to one of the scholars present, who was embarking on his first year as an undergraduate student.
  • Links between individual events?
  • Individual experience/learning. Scholars talked of the enjoyment and freedom of the SSC space changing the way in which they learnt and taught.
  • One scholar expressed her unease at the non-hierarchical/structure less set up of the SSC.
  • The instrumental aim of the SSC was to create the space for all scholars to teach and learn. It was explained by one scholar how she had difficulty engaging with some events when the subject matter was something she was knowledgeable of. This feeling was mirrored by another scholar. There was a feeling that some presentations came to a bit of dead end and that there could be more concrete achievements to aim for.
  • It was mentioned that the SSC was originally a political project to provide an alternative to mass higher education.
  • Unlearning the neo-liberal norm/model of education.
  • It was stated that there had been a fear of money and lectures amongst some scholars at the SSC.
  • There was an agreement between several scholars of the need to preserve the space/idea at the SSC.
  • Engaging and learning on different levels and in different spaces. Varying and changing expectations of scholars.
  • Competing needs of fluidity and adaptability and the needs of some sort of structure and achievable goals.

Different contributions to the book chapter were read out.

Spider diagrams

  • Why we come/do not come
  • Who is the SSC / Who does not come?
    • Younger people – next generation of organisers
    • People of colour
    • Other languages

Other topics

  • Accessibility of reading and academic terminology. One scholar commented on the use of buzzwords such as neo-liberal, which fortunately, was explained in a recent talk at the SSC.
  • Gender inequality of speakers. Suggested that the male speakers had invited themselves.

Not discussed at the SSC

  • Dis/Ability, impairment (language of difference)
  • Sexuality
  • Physical and mental health