Utopia in Sheffield?
This is an ongoing project in and through which I try to enact and embody some of the things I write about in my formal research. The aim of the project is to work with local activists, campaigners, community groups and workers to collaboratively and iteratively build a grass-roots utopia around which we can mobilise. My involvement in the project is as a worker with particular knowledge and skills to offer. At no point has the project sought support or legitimacy from the university.
The initial call for involvement in the project can be found here. I wrote some early reflections for openDemocracy here. More formal reflections on the need to abandon the university and work in spaces of resistance outside it can be found here:
Webb D (2018) Bolt-holes and breathing spaces in the system: On forms of academic resistance (or, can the university be a site of utopian possibility?).Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies40(2), 96-118.
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