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Bringing the Community into the Ward @ Lothian Chambers
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bringing the Community into the Ward @ Lothian Chambers | Scotland | United Kingdom

Bringing the Community into the Ward: a conversation to explore how community activities, culture and practice can be brought to older people in hospitals.

On Monday, 16th January EVOC, Artlink and Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership will be hosting an event to explore the possibilities for an innovative project which aims to strengthen cross-sector working in three key NHS Lothian sites for older people.

The work, at Prospectbank, Western General Hospital and Liberton hospital will ensure that community resources and innovative custom and practice can support colleagues across sectors to ensure that a stay in hospital is less daunting and help people reconnect to the community.

We will be joined by colleagues from Artlink, Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, Health Improvement Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council Museums.

At this event, we will be looking for organisations and groups who would first like to explore methods to employ creative methods of strengthening practice, as well as aiming to put together a programme of events and activities to take place during the next months.

We very much hope that you and your organisation would enjoy taking part in this exciting opportunity.

For further information please contact Stefan Milenkovic at EVOC on: 0131 555 9100 or [email protected]

Ragged University: ‘Poppies for Peace’ plus ‘Lions Led by Donkeys’ @ Cabaret Voltaire
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: ‘Poppies for Peace’ plus ‘Lions Led by Donkeys’ @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR) 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…

Poppies for Peace, Films for Freedom! by Simon Byrom

Simon Byrom is talking about his film Poppies for Peace – a powerful, thought provoking film is a tribute to: Harry Patch (1898 ­ 2009: last surviving soldier of WW1) and Tony Benn (1925 ­ 2014: the great politician of Peace). The documentary film was created by Simon with the purpose of reflecting on the current state of the World 100 years since “The War To End All Wars” the film asks the question: “Has their sacrifice been betrayed by our failure to end war?”. This thought provoking film reflects on the 100th anniversary of The War To End All Wars.

There will be some food during the break and an opportunity to chat before the next short talk

Lions Led by Donkeys; A Memorial to Commemorate Those Lost at the Battle of Loos by Alex Dunedin

I have chosen to give a short presentation on this part of World War One because I came to read Alan Clark’s book ‘The Donkeys’. Im someone who is lucky enough never to have seen war but to have known by proximity how badly war has affected many. War is the true embodiment of madness and horror, and part of that I fear is the lack of holding to account the idiots in charge sometimes.Drawing on Alan Clark’s history of the rise of a cluster of “donkeys” to the High Command, this is to commemorate the thousands of men who were failed and sent to their senseless doom by the hubris, pride, pomp, lack of strategy and idiocy of certain specific Field Marshal’s like Field Marshal Haig. I think it is not just enough to remember the dead but understand the mistakes which were part of the catastrophe. Out of dignity and respect, some knowledge of the failures that took place needs to be part of our collective living memory.


Ragged Uni: An Evening In Dialogue with Prof Antonia Darder on Critical Pedagogy @ St John’s Church Community Hall
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged Uni: An Evening In Dialogue with Prof Antonia Darder on Critical Pedagogy @ St John’s Church Community Hall  | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to St John’s Church Community Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ), doors open at 6.30pm and the event starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, and chance to listen to and discuss critical education with Antonia …

All are warmly invited to an evening in dialogue with Antonia Darder and other fellow critical educators exploring the relevance of Pedagogy of the Oppressed today and how we can draw greater value from this important text. This event is free and will offer a space to engage our hearts and minds around the opportunities and challenges for critical pedagogy today as well as hearing about Antonia Darder’s new Student Guide to Pedagogy of the Oppressed.  Visiting from America, this is a unique and valuable opportunity to connect with Antonia’s thinking…


This event brings together various learning communities in Edinburgh including Critical and Alternative Methods & Ideas Network for Action (CAMINA) and Adult Learning Project (ALP) and Ragged University for an evening with Antonia Darder to explore key questions in critical education and what they mean in our lives.

CAMINA is a learning community which is made up of people who value the experience of critical education to transform lives in a variety of contexts.  It brings together individuals interested the challenges associated in practicing critical education in meaningful and sustainable ways. Through creating links they grow a community through creating connections locally, nationally and globally.

ALP is a learning community which has been active in Edinburgh for over 30 years.  Inspired by the methods and teachings of Paulo Freire, the well known activist and educationalist from South America, the community sees learning as an integral part of daily living.  Providing a home for various groups and activities, the community explores and investigates the issues important to people in a co-operative way through sharing, teaching and dialogue.

Ragged University is a project based around getting people who love what they do to share their knowledge and skills in social spaces; from that we build.  The central idea is “Everybody is a Ragged University; a unique and distinct body of knowledge accredited with their life experience and with a membership of one”.  Through sharing in social spaces a learning community is developed and ways are explored of supporting people achieving what they want to achieve. Inspired by the Ragged Schools created by communities for communities prior to universal formal education, it seeks to carry forward this tradition of sharing.

Three key questions will be examined in the evening:

What do we mean by critical pedagogy?

How is practicing critical pedagogy different in the current context compared to when Freire was writing?

What elements of Freire’s theory are still relavent and what elements might we question?


Ragged University: ‘What is Feminism’ plus ‘Teachers in Bangladesh’ @ The Castle Hotel
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'What is Feminism' plus 'Teachers in Bangladesh' @ The Castle Hotel

Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for some food, some socialising and a two talks in an informal setting…


What is Feminism ? by Brigitte Lechner

What is feminism? Ask ten people this question and you might get ten different answers. It’s not that I claim to have the one right answer but rather that I do have one I have settled on and I am pleased to share it with Ragged members. My generation of women has seen enormous changes in our lives. I hardly recognise myself as the young woman who always sat quietly in one corner or another. To me, that is proof of feminism as an agent of personal growth and empowerment; one more reason to share what I know about it.

Feminism to me is a political sisterhood because it aims to challenge the dominant social force generally known as patriarchy. Some people get very precise and define it as capitalist patriarchy or imperialist capitalist patriarchy, even imperialist patriarchal capitalism. I suppose one’s view is always determined by where one stands.

My talk therefore aims to clarify what a plain and simple patriarchal society is, how it is structured and how feminists have over time risen to the challenge of the ways in which patriarchy disempowers and even harms women as a sex class; a thing feminists call patriarchal oppression. Moreover, whilst women are doing different things differently today than they did fifty years ago they are still doing it for themselves and often for men as well. Mine will be a whistle-stop tour through an immensely rich and complex cultural landscape but I hope there will be enough time left to take questions.



During the break we have a bite to eat and a chance to socialise.  Everyone is welcome to bring an item of food to put on the table to share and take away what is left at the end so nothing goes to waste


Teachers in Bangladesh; Ways of Seeing and Expressing Reality by Taslima Ivy

In this presentation I hope to share my story of researching ICT integration in education with rural female teachers from an island in Bangladesh. I will particularly focus on how I attempted to tap into teachers’ own ways of seeing, feeling and expressing life.

Firstly, I will talk about how I used multimodal artefact production- a method through which teachers have shared significant day to day experiences with me,- through a mode and genre of their choice-sometimes they chose images, sometimes video clips, audio clips while sometimes poems and journal entries.

Then I will talk about the distinct Bengali genre of ‘golpo/ adda’ (informal chatting) which I used in my research as an attempt to enable my participants’ experiences to emerge through their own discursive style. I will conclude by sharing how these two processes made me aware of my own ‘gaze’ and maybe helped me understand my participants from the position of a female-the position of a teacher- rather than the power position of a researcher.