Sunday, 1 October
Radical Sunday School
To this day, there are several fundamentally different interpretations of the systemic political and economic transformations in Eastern Europe in 1989. This week at RSS, we'll be taking a closer look at this pivotal moment. Some claim that 1989 was an example of successful regime change which brought democracy and the market economy into the region after the inevitable failure of socialism. Others say that it was a chaotic phase when most Eastern Europeans’ livelihoods became incredibly insecure and unpredictable. But who conducted the transformation, who decided its direction and what made it possible? What really changed and into what? Which countries had the best strategies?
As always, no prior knowledge is necessary to come to this session - we're all here to learn together. If you'd like to get more involved at RSS, collaborate with us as a collective, or propose a topic for a meeting, mail us at email@example.com!
As students are protesting the university, calling for the democratisation, decarbonisation, and decolonisation of their education, the Radical Sunday School is opening weekly to discuss the failings of our current educational system and imagine new ways to learn. As Paulo Freire believed, education can be an emancipatory tool, liberating consciousness, and widen the options for action - and of course, it can take place anywhere, and at any time. In this 'school', everyone, students and not-students, is invited to participate. We will decide on the content and form freely. The options for things to discuss are endless: What is the point of today's educational system? What is it promising, what does it deliver? How is it funded? What counts as education? What would an abolition of the university entail? How do you actually decolonise education? Or democratise it? What is the history of the university? How do fossil fuels inform our beliefs on learning? Let's follow whatever sounds interesting and worthwhile - whatever seems important enough to be learned.
This is not intended to be a course that you would have to follow all the way through. Jump in and out whenever you like. Sessions will be held every Sunday, except for every second Sunday of the month (when Joe's Garage is having an open assembly). Come through, and let's educate ourselves in ways not possible inside the silly institution that is called university.
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