Symposium Aftermath: Our new website

Dear All,

Inspired by the constructive feedback and conversations surrounding the symposium, we have built a new dialogic platform dedicated to sharing ideas, resources and experiences surrounding critical pedagogies, social justice and issues of equality and diversity in education.  We hope to build on the international networks established during the symposium and continue our conversations and encourage future collaborations. We will frequently update the site with ideas, resources and reports related to the project.  We also warmly welcome contributions to the project from educators, activists, students and researchers from different backgrounds whose work engages with issues we aim to explore. In addition, we welcome calls for papers, events and publications related to the project.

For more information, please visit our new site! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Engaged Teaching, Feminist Activism and Academia

‘The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy.’ – bell hooks

‘I teach because I search, because I question, and because I submit myself to questioning.’ – Paulo Freire

Panel discussion organised by Critical Pedagogies: Equality and Diversity in a Changing Institution
Date and Time: 16 June 2014, 4-6pm
Location: Room G.02, 19 George Square, University of Edinburgh

The classroom frequently functions as a microcosm of social relations and hierarchies. As learners and teachers, our actions, race, gender, ability and other intersections co-create the classroom as a space of dialogue, mutuality and different tensions and conflicts. For these reasons, teaching is never neutral; the classroom is an ideologically charged space offering possibilities of political engagement, reflection and challenging of power structures.

This panel discussion engages with the following issues:

  • How do we learn and teach as feminist academics and activists?
  • How do we position ourselves in relation to our own implication in power structures which place us in positions of privilege or disadvantage?
  • What are the risks of assuming a neutral ‘critical stance’ in our learning and teaching?
  • What are the benefits and risks involved in politically engaged teaching?
  • How does our own ideological stance influence and inform our learning and teaching practice?
  • How do we mediate ideological / cultural disagreements in the classroom?
  • How do we create and foster a ‘feminist classroom’ both within and beyond traditional learning and teaching environments?

The panel discussion will begin with short position statements by the panelists, followed by a discussion and participant questions. We imagine this as a dialogic, inclusive and informal space where we can exchange ideas and experiences!


  • Akwugo Emejulu (Lecturer in Education, Community and Society, University of Edinburgh)
  • Michelle Keown (Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial writing, University of Edinburgh)
  • Justine Seran (PhD candidate in English Literature, University of Edinburgh)
  • Talat Yaqoob (Campaigner and feminist writer)
  • Adele Patrick (Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager, Glasgow Women’s Library)

Suggested readings:

In order to frame our discussion on engaged teaching, feminist activism and academia, we would like to warmly recommend the following (voluntary) preparatory readings [sources linked]:

Maria do Mar Pereira: ‘Uncomfortable classrooms: Rethinking the role of student discomfort in feminist teaching.’ European Journal of Women’s Studies, 2012.

Sara Ahmed: ‘Critical Racism / Critical Sexism.’ Feminist Killjoys. 19 December 2013.

Stephanie Spoto – The Anxiety of Political Influence.
[Paper given at Critical Pedagogies: Equality and Diversity in a Changing Institution Symposium, University of Edinburgh, 2013.]

Shaunga Tagore – A slam on feminism in academia
[from Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism, ed. Jessica Yee, 2011]

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any difficulties in accessing these articles!

Provisional schedule:

4.00-4.10 – Introduction and presenter announcement
4.10-4.50 – Position statements from panelists
4.50- 5.20 – Discussion amongst panelists
5.20-6.00 – Questions and discussion amongst delegates
6.00-7.00 – Wine reception


This event is free and open to all! However, please note that spaces might be limited due to the event location so if you are interested in attending, we kindly ask you to email the facilitators Lena Wånggren ( and Maja Milatovic ( to sign up / confirm your attendance!

We look forward to seeing you there!
In solidarity,
Lena and Maja

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Join us on social media!

First of all, many thanks to you all for registering for the symposium as well as your continuous support and enthusiasm. We are very much looking forward to meeting you in about two weeks’ time and discussing your inspiring ideas as well as developing diverse platforms for future collaborations.

Apart from recording and the publications, we will be using social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and blogging for disseminating ideas. Therefore, you are very welcome to use social media such as Twitter during the symposium and its aftermath. We also welcome guest blog posts reflecting on the symposium and your impressions, which we will publish on our website.

The hashtag for the symposium will be #critped2013 – we look forward to your tweets and impressions!

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Dear All, we are pleased to confirm that registration for our event is now open.

Details on the process are available on the Registration tab of our website.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

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Provisional Programme published!

Dear All

We are thrilled to share our provisional schedule which can be found online, including a downloadable version here. Registration to follow!

Please note that our event also includes a Warm Up Event on the 5th of September (the day before), details available here.

The symposium, featuring two keynote lectures and a variety of presentations will end with a roundtable discussion, details available here.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

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Thank you!

Dear All, many thanks to all those who submitted their abstracts, ideas, workshops and roundtable proposals! We are thrilled to have had such a great response. We will be in touch soon with more updates.

Thank you once again for your interest, we look forward to meeting you in September and welcoming you to Edinburgh!

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Welcome to the Critical Pedagogies: Equality and Diversity in a Changing Institution Symposium page. This page will feature important updates concerning the symposium such as the call for papers, programme, keynote speaker, organisers, registration, location, arriving in Edinburgh and accommodation advice.

The call for papers is now open. Please refer to the “Call for Papers” section of our page.

You can also follow updates on our Facebook page and Twitter:

If you experience any difficulties with the website or accessing any of the information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the organisers at

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