A one day, online, conference on alternative education practices and what we can make of them today.
You are cordially invited to submit an abstract for presentation at the second joint University of Essex and Kaplan Singapore Symposium.
Over many years, there has emerged a rich tradition of alternative education practices, from the ideas and practices of Paulo Freire and Ivan Illich, to the formation of free schools and non-institutional forms of organised self-education.
These education alternatives are built upon a foundation of deep learning, as participants take part out of interest or enthusiasm for the topic, rather than as means to attain a qualification or degree.
This symposium will explore these approaches to applied teaching and learning.
What can we make of these dynamics for rethinking approaches to teaching and learning today?
That is to say what can be gleamed from histories and practices that are often quite critical of official educational institutions and brought back to enrich and improve more 'standard' teaching practices?
The symposium will feature a keynote session run by the Bras Basah School of Theory and Philosophy.
The Bras Basah School of Theory and Philosophy, is a collective aiming to discuss, converse and share in an atmosphere of peer-learning.
Attuned to recent trends in critical theory and continental philosophy, and engaged in fields beyond, we are experimenting with modes of humanistic inquiry, discussion and critique.
They also try to expand perspectives, thinking the world beyond Eurocentric discourses.
Some current initiatives include small reading groups, and intimate sessions involving theory and philosophy and a particular cultural medium, eg. films, photography and sound.