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Next Ragged University Events:

10th July Edinburgh: Autism Talk Cancelled: Instead of the advertised talk by Mike McInnes, those interested to meet and discuss what has taken place are welcome to come along to Scott's Monument at 7pm sharp where we will go on to somewhere for a cup of coffee and conversation... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


18th July Edinburgh:Come along to St John’s Church Community Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ), doors open at 6pm and the event starts from 6.30 pm. Come along for a bite of food, and chance to listen to and discuss critical education with Prof Antonia Darder... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


22nd July Edinburgh:Come along to St John’s Church Community Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ), doors open at 2.30pm 'The Art of Argumentation - Philosophy, Reason and the Universe; The Mind and the World' by Tina Rocke... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


The Porous University, Socialisation and Reflections by Alex Dunedin

How are we to conceptualize the notion of the porous university ? The anchor point is understanding what we mean by university, for if we know what a university is we are then in a position to imagine how it might be porous, or what porous might mean in reference to such a thing.

My interpretations are salted with the things which have become meaningful to me, being someone who has never formally gone to university but however spent a great deal of time inside them, amongst the students, academics and general staff, as well as occupying the same terrain as these institutions in geographic and intellectual terms. Read more

‘Future Shock’: The Crisis of Relationships Between Body, Mind and Environment by Anne Fernie

Nervous exhaustion, melancholy, Weltschmerz, ennui, alienation, neurasthenia, Americanitis, stress, chronic fatigue syndrome, burnout ~ the labels & the socio-cultural context may change yet the symptoms remain the same. We are not referring to issues of faulty brain chemistry here such as clinical depression, mania or psychosis, yet these common & everyday emotions are increasingly being perceived as mental health issues. Should they be? Existential malaise manifests itself in a myriad of symptoms with crucially, no definitive cause ever identified.

A common historical (and current) explanation is that of the socio-cultural, likened to a virus attacking the body but this psychic virus‘inflames’ the psyche (Schaffner, 2014), no more so than during times of rapid social change (Kury, 2012). I do not intend to present a clinical analysis of the ‘condition’ but, whilst acknowledging a consistent trajectory in the occurrence of this individual ‘dis-ease’ with life, focus on the presumptions, treatments and explanations of the times to demonstrate to what extent perceptions of ‘illness’ are influenced by social prejudices and expectations. Read more

Leith Lives: The Country Within The Country

Having spent a good part of my life in the very heart of Leith, I have watched the place change over time. Of all things Leith has is soul. It is the country within the country having a long and distinguished history of trade and commerce with all parts of the world.  Before oysters and claret were the trappings of the wealthy, these were eaten and shared in the everyday lives of the workers of Leith. Read more