Dr Darren Webb, BA, MA, PhD

Darren Webb staff profileSenior Lecturer in Education
Programme Director BA Education, Culture and Childhood

Email: d.webb@sheffield.ac.uk
Tel: 0114 2227084

Teaching

Teaching

I am Programme Director and Year 1 Co-ordinator of the BA Education, Culture and Childhood. Within this programme, I teach the first year module Introduction to the Sociology of Education; the second year module Dimensions of Education Policy; the third year module Education@Sheffield; and am module co-ordinator for the third year Dissertation.

I teach on the MA modules Critical Issues in Education and Educational Research, Globalisation and Education, and the MA Study of Education programme. I also run sessions on ‘class’, ‘hope’ and ‘utopia’ as part of the School’s EdD.

Research

Research

I research in the field of utopian studies and have become increasingly interested in the pedagogical practices of the ‘utopian’ educator. How does a committed utopist bring this commitment to bear on their role as an educator? Can there be such a thing as utopian pedagogy? Or a utopian pedagogue? Where and how can/should utopian pedagogy best operate? I had an initial stab at reflecting on these questions at the Ignite Academy Sheffield event in September, and offered some further thoughts at the Off the Shelf Festival in October.

Is there a need for utopian thinking today?

This was the title of a workshop convened as part of Sheffield’s Festival of Debate 2017 by myself and Max Munday. See the article we wrote for Now Then magazine here. The article was provocatively titled “Utopia in Sheffield: We Have to Start Somewhere” because the aim of the workshop was to start the process of building a grass-roots utopia around which workers, campaigners and activists can mobilise.

The initial workshop went well, attracting around 40 local workers, artists and activists with a wide range of political perspectives. There was lively discussion and debate and we agreed to carry this forward under the banner of Sheffield Utopia. Read my reflections here. If you’re genuinely interested in working together, collectively and collaboratively, to build a grass-roots utopia, you can join us here.

Activities

Activities

I have given various public talks over the past year on “utopia” and the need for utopian thinking:

Festival of Debate, May 2017: I hosted a workshop called Utopia in Sheffield: We have to start somewhere. See details here.

Ignite Academy Sheffield, September 2017: I gave a talk titled Utopia. Now. Here. Details here.

Off the Shelf Festival, October 2017. I gave a talk on The Need for Utopian Thinking. Details here.

Philosophy of Education Seminar Series, Institute of Education, London, January 2018. I gave a talk on The Search for Utopian Pedagogy. Details here.

Radical Pedagogies Teaching Forum, Kent, January 2018. I ran a session on Educational Archaeology. Details here.

Publications

Publications

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