Dr Darren Webb, BA, MA, PhD
Senior Lecturer in Education
Tel: 0114 2227084
On the BA Education, Culture and Childhood I teach the first year module Introduction to the Sociology of Education, the second year module Dimensions of Education Policy and the third year module Education@Sheffield.
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.
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.