Ragged University: ‘Anchor Institutions’ plus ‘Perception and Communication’
Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and learn in an informal setting. The event is free and there are two talks separated by a break…
Universities as Anchor Institutes – University of Manchester and Brunswick estate, a socially just model by Dr Carl Emery
Anchor institutions, also known as Eds and Meds (education and medical establishments), are generally understood as large geographically place based organisations that have been located in the community for generations and provide economic, social and cultural benefits to the locality in which they reside In this talk I will be setting the background of this initiative and examining some of the challenges and questions it raises. Why should the university adopt this role and if it does what are its motivations? Furthermore, how does this impact on issues of local democracy and accountability. Is there a danger that the university is simply propagating a neoliberal enterprise agenda and supporting the further privation of public services and spaces?
– Then there will be a break where we share food, fill our glasses and have some conversation before our second talk of the evening. Everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share, and help take away the food at the end of the evening so nothing goes to waste –
This is an activity involving mobile phones to capture photographs and video of objects in the room, or things which individuals have brought. Using a variety of analytical approaches, we will explore together the nature of objects and how they mediate the conversations we have and the ways in which we construct meaning in the world. We cannot imagine a world without objects – but what are they? and what are we that we recognise them? Objects illuminate the conversations we have with one another, and through our interactions with objects we learn about each other. How does this work? Since technology allows us to capture objects in various ways – through photographs, recordings, etc. we can collect objects together, explore their nature, and understand more about each other in the process.
All Ragged University events are free and open to everyone. They are informal and relaxed, and you can come and go as you please