Les Back: Academic Diary, or Why Higher Education Still Matters (2016)

13 May 2022, dusan

“Les Back has chronicled three decades of his academic career, turning his sharp and often satirical eye to the everyday aspects of life on campus and the larger forces that are reshaping it. Presented as a collection of entries from a single academic year, the diary moves from the local to the global, from PowerPoint to the halls of power. With entries like Ivory Towers and The Library Angel, these smart, humorous and sometimes absurd campus tales not only demystify the opaque rituals of scholarship, they offer a personal route into the far-reaching issues of university life. From the impact of commercialisation and fee increases to measurement and auditing research, the diary offers a critical diagnosis of higher education today. At the same time, it is a passionate argument for the life of the mind, the importance of collaborative thinking and why scholarship and writing are still vital for making sense of our troubled and divided world.”

Publisher Goldsmiths Press, London, 2016
Open access
ISBN 9781906897581, 1906897581
xiii+258 pages

Reviews: Rose Deller (LSE Review of Books, 2016), Andrew Robinson (Times Higher Education, 2016), Rosalind Gill (Int’l J Politics, Culture, and Society, 2018), Bridget Hanna.

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Susan Jahoda, Caroline Woolard: Making and Being: Embodiment, Collaboration, and Circulation in the Visual Arts, a Workbook (2019)

7 February 2021, dusan

Making and Being offers a framework for teaching art that emphasizes contemplation, collaboration, and political economy. Authors Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard, two visual arts educators and members of the collective BFAMFAPhD, share ideas and teaching strategies that they have adapted to spaces of learning which range widely, from self-organized workshops for professional artists to Foundations BFA and MFA thesis classes. This hands-on guide includes activities, worksheets, and assignments and is a critical resource for artists and art educators today. Making and Being is a book, a series of videos, a deck of cards, and an interactive website with freely downloadable content.”

Publisher Pioneer Works Press, Brooklyn, NY, October 2019
Creative Commons BY-SA License
ISBN 9781945711077, 1945711078
688 pages

Book website
Project website

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Fábrica de Conocimiento / Factory of Knowledge (2016) [Spanish/English]

15 October 2020, dusan

“This book is published on the occasion of the 15th Regional Exhibition, center area, Garage School: Knowledge Factory, produced and curated by Laagencia, from June 30 to September 19, 2015.”

“La estructura editorial del libro se divide, sin ninguna jerarquía, en tres partes: Teorías varias, una selección de textos existentes relevantes —tanto en la concepción como realización de la curaduría— y otros inéditos, comisionados de manera abierta a agentes participantes. La sección Hágalo con otros, ejercicios que traducen los formatos de la Escuela para que puedan replicarse, hacerse con otros y transformarse. Las respuestas de todos los invitados a las preguntas ¿Qué quiere aprender? ¿Qué quiere enseñar?, a manera de presentación. Y por último un anexo en formato de carteles, un glosario como un ejercicio de especulación donde se resignifican una serie de términos que fueron nominando las jornadas de cada semana, que en su totalidad componen un diagrama de la Fábrica. Este es solo un documento parcial y subjetivo, una visión de las tantas posibles que se despliegan entendiendo el arte y la educación como territorio, desde la curaduría, la visibilización de la producción inmaterial y las prácticas instituyentes en Colombia a principios del siglo XXI.”

Publisher Laagencia, Bogotá, 2016
ISBN 978-958-46-7738-9
493 pages