BUCU Teach Out

25 November - 4 December 2019

UCU members will be on strike from 25 November to 4 December. However, a number of dedicated volunteers will be providing educational opportunities giving you the chance to experience high quality teaching from within your discipline and beyond! We’ve got external speakers, practical workshops, reading groups, lectures and more. We look forward to seeing you at the teach-out!

Venues

  • Bristol Pear, 676 Bristol Rd, Birmingham B29 6BJ, upstairs function room (only accessible by stairs)
  • The S’Oak, 563-569 Bristol Rd, Birmingham B29 6AF, open area to the left of the entrance (accessible)
  • Artefact, 1464 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham, B30 2NT, gallery area (3-4cm small step outside then ramps throughout), cafe on site (8 minutes walk from Bournville train station, on the 45/47 bus route)

Monday 25th November

1300-1400

Activist training: Introductory legal training for rallies, protests and occupations

James Brackley / Ioana (UCU), XR UoB

Bristol Pear

Why are we on strike? / What if students ran the University? (aka what would you spend half a million pounds of lost wages on?)

UCU Committee members

S’Oak

1400-1500

Ethics and decision making working in a pharmaceutical company - an interactive game following the development of a drug (requires some knowledge of chemistry - or to be willing to pair up with someone who knows chemistry!)

Hannah Batchelor (h.k.batchelor@bham.ac.uk)

Bristol Pear

Fun statistical facts - making statistics more enjoyable

Julia Wolska

S’Oak

1500-1600

Why So Serious?: The Power Dynamics of the Classroom and a Brief History of Play

Megan Cavell and Vicky Flood

Bristol Pear

Discussion Group: 'What is Literary Activism?'

A discussion of literature and activism, with reference to quotes from authors gathered here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2015/08/what-is-literary-activism 

Dorothy Butchard and Toria Johnson

S’Oak

Tuesday 26 November

1300-1400

An alternative walking tour of the neoliberal university

Katie Oliver, Amy Walker, Rob Booth, Jessy Shallcross

Meet outside University train station

Representations of the UCU strike: using linguistic analysis to investigate ideologies in UCU & UoB communications

Martine van Driel

S’Oak

1200-1400

Student/Staff Assembly: social and ecological justice on campus

XR UoB

Bristol Pear

1400-1500

Beyoncé and bell hooks: Finding an activist voice through sound, music, and movement

Alexander Cannon (A.M.Cannon@bham.ac.uk)

Bristol Pear

"Things Ain't What They used to Be (Why?)"

Exploring the material/structural reasons why UK students were more "radical" in the past and sparking discussion on what would enable students to be more "active" politically today

Josh Allen

S’Oak        

1500-1600

Female Voices of Resistance: Ancient Rome and the gender representation gap - a dramatic reading and discussion

Hannah Cornwell

Bristol Pear

Shakespeare the Activist: Literature in Protest

Toria Johnson

S’Oak

Wednesday 27th November

1300-1400

When Feminism Wins: What Can We Learn from the Abortion Rights Movement in N. Ireland?

Mairead Enright and Kathryn McNeilly (QUB) (m.enright@bham.ac.uk)         

Bristol Pear

The ethics of volunteer translation

The session will be based on this cover note and article

Gaby Saldanha

S’Oak

This is Sparta apparently: the use of antiquity in far right and white nationalist narratives

Fiona Mitchell        

Artefact

1400-1500

Why bother to learn foreign languages?

Christiane Hoyer (c.hoyer@bham.ac.uk)

S’Oak        

Art in the age of Terror: picturing violence, trauma and protest in contemporary art

Sophie Hatchwell

Artefact

1400-1600

Law, Language and Translation in EU Accession: The case of the Western Balkans

How a prospective EU member state goes about translating and implementing EU law before it can actually apply to join the EU, and the difficulties of translating legal concepts that don't exist in the (e.g. Bosnian) legal system.

Karen McAuliffe (k.mcauliffe@bham.ac.uk)

Bristol Pear

1500-1600

Bread & Roses: the great solidarity pop quiz

Rachel Sykes, Rob Davy-Cripwell, + dog

S’Oak

Student Lives in Crisis. How higher education is reproducing inequality and what we can do about it

Lorenza Antonucci

Artefact        

Thursday 28 November

1300-1400

Geography of protest. How the space of cities is part of protest tactics and demands from the Arab Spring to the current uprisings in the Middle East

Sara Fregonese

Bristol Pear

Why (and how) do we teach difficult or violent texts? Followed by a reading group on Baudelaire’s ‘necrophilia’ poems

Elliot Evans

S’Oak

Should ISIS fighters and affiliates be repatriated?        

Katherine Brown and Steve Hewitt (k.e.brown@bham.ac.uk)

Artefact

1400-1500

Interactive Seminar: Outreach for Introverts!

Vanessa Heggie         

Bristol Pear

Chile's social uprising against Neoliberalism: understanding the current crisis

Melany Cruz

S’Oak        

Play/Pause: "Video Games and Activism"

Georgie Rowe, Niall Gallen, Will Britton

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kLssJA1o3OplHf_A9xHqvI7tNM3YeCS0 (handout)

Artefact        

1500-1600

Decadent Dissidence (Oscar Wilde and James McNeill Whistler, Fighting the Machine)

Rebecca Mitchell

Bristol Pear

Unis Resist Border Controls workshop on the hostile environment policy in higher education & resisting it!

Sanaz Raji, Unis Resist Border Controls (UnisResistBorderControls@gmail.com)

Artefact

What makes a good political demand?

James Lewis

S’Oak

1600-1700

What does the Contemporary Romance Genre Entail?

Charlotte Ireland and Lucy Hargrave

Bristol Pear        

Friday 29th November

1300-1400

Romantic Writing and Enviromentalism

Matthew Ward (m.ward.1@bham.ac.uk)

Bristol Pear

Romantic Writing and Environmentalism Teach Out Birmingham 2019

https://tinyurl.com/spqmysk

Paulo Freire /Pedagogy of the Oppressed/ - an old school read and interpret session

Nick Adams         (joint session with Marios Hadjianastasis 2-3pm)        

S’Oak

STRIKE! A visual poetry workshop

Cristina Fernández Recasens

Artefact

1400-1500

Modernists as Outsiders: Woolf, Rhys and others        

Chris Mourant and Alexandra Harris (c.mourant@bham.ac.uk / a.harris.2@bham.ac.uk)

Bristol Pear

Speaking truth to power: bell hooks and Henry Giroux's critical pedagogy in an age of neoliberalism (joint session with Nick Adams 1-2pm)

Marios Hadjianastasis

S’Oak        

Socio-economic rights, inequality and austerity

Ben Warwick and Meghan Campbell        

Artefact        

1500-1600

This Song is Offensive'. A listening, discussion and writing session based around political/satirical music via a largely-forgotten British songwriter, Jake Thackray

Richard O'Brien

Bristol Pear

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cnObMINlNKapFqokwzpUZ7Vb0KlGK6TkdFLt3RiUqA0

Queer(ing) pedagogy

Charlotte Ross

S’Oak        

The Importance (and Challenge) of Imagining Alternative Futures (and some weirdness)

Matt Hayler (m.s.hayler@bham.ac.uk)

Artefact

Monday 2 December

1300-1400

Everybody’s Protest Novel: James Baldwin and Literary Activism

Dorothy Butchard         

S’Oak

"Which side are you on": The Successful Tradition of Radical Activism in North America

Lorenzo Costaguta and Steve Hewitt         

Bristol Pear

1500-1600

Democracy beyond the Ballot Box: Strikes, Protest and the Myth of the UK's Flexible Constitution

Alan Greene (a.greene@bham.ac.uk)  

Bristol Pear

What can our international students teach US? An open discussion

Jane Sjoberg (j.e.sjoberg@bham.ac.uk)

S’Oak

Tuesday 3rd December

1300-1400

Unethical investments and the paradoxes of the neoliberal university

Molly Atkins, Matty McKenna, Carl Jones, and Rob Booth

S’Oak

1400-1500

dis-belonging bodies in and of the university: neoliberalism, gender & race

Katie Oliver and Milly Morris (RHUL)

S’Oak        

1500-1600

        

"Uses of Theory: The Dirty Version"

Contemporary Theory Reading Group (Activism led session)

Reading: https://repeaterbooks.com/pain-now-kpunk-election-post-3/

Niall Gallen, Ben Horn, Josephine Lilley-Byrne, Arzu Bali and Rachel Sykes

Bristol Pear

Wednesday 4 December

1300-1330

What we can learn from the Fight for $15 and OUR Walmart worker movements.

Alex Wood

S’Oak

1330-1400

Understanding the gig economy and worker resistance to it

Alex Wood

S’Oak

1300-1400

Strikes, Protests and Students: a Latin American Perspective

Enea Zaramella; Antonio Sanchez; Lucy O'Sullivan        

Bristol Pear

Reading Girl, Woman, Other (aloud, Victorian-style)

Asha Rogers, Fariha Shaikh and friends (a.rogers.1@bham.ac.uk)

Artefact        

1400-1500

Torture and Othering

Natasa Mavronicola        

Bristol Pear

The Tragedy of Tuition Fees: Can I get a refund!? - the politics of university fees in neoliberal Britain

David J. Bailey        

S’Oak        

Religion, Politics and Spirituality: What happens when The Saints become Soldiers?

Sharanjit Kaur

Artefact

1500-1600

Statistics without the agonizing pain - a guide for wary beginners

Slides at https://github.com/matthew-brett/without-agonizing/blob/master/without_agonizing_slides.pdf

Matthew Brett        

Bristol Pear

Digital Citizenship: The Future of Living and Working Online

Richard Graham, Dorothy Butchard

S’Oak

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