Transforming Political Education

Saturday 16 February

We need radical solutions to the crises of the present and the challenges of the future: precarious work, climate change, the housing crisis, the gender pay gap, #metoo, the hostile environment, racist authoritarianism. So how can the contemporary left learn from activism and education projects to create culturally inclusive, participatory and democratic forms of left politics for the 21st century?

This discussion – sparked by short introductions then opened up for digital and face-to-face participation – will draw on approaches, traditions and ideas from the radical histories of political education, as well as exploring what can be learnt from current forms of feminist, anti-racist and anti-austerity activism. We aim to identify the types of engaged, reflective, collective and activist-led political education needed to support social transformation today.

With award-winning arts educator Farzana Khan (Platform and Voices that Shake), tenants’ rights and anti-poverty activists Ellen Moran and Taya Williams (ACORN), senior research fellow Sharon Clancy (Adult Education 100), writer and campaigner Roshi Naidoo (Soundings editorial collective) and Sasha Josette (The World Transformed and Momentum). This event is produced by Soundings in partnership with The World Transformed

2.00pm, Saturday 16 February
Tickets: £7.00

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Farzana Khan is a writer, cultural producer and award winning arts educator. Farzana has over 10 years background in Youth and Community work particularly focused on arts based education projects both in the UK and internationally. Her academic focus has been on radical and transformative education through creativity. Farzana is the Project Co-ordinator of Voices that Shake, a project that brings together young people¨artists and campaigners to develop creative responses to social injustice. She also works at Platform, a climate and social justice organisation working across arts, education, research and activism.

Ellen Moran and Taya Williams are community organisers with ACORN Newcastle. They fight for changes in local communities by empowering tenants and are currently campaigning to win a safer environment for tower block residents in the East End of Newcastle. They believe in a hands on approach to political education; get out of the classroom and start door-knocking!

Sharon Clancy is a Senior Research Fellow in adult education and lifelong learning at the University of Nottingham. She is also Chair of the Raymond Williams Foundation, the Political Education Officer for Mansfield CLP and a trustee for ARVAC (Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community sector). Sharon currently co-leads the new Co-op College, WEA, RWF, Uni of Oxford and Nottingham Adult Education 100 project. Marking the centenary of the Ministry of Reconstruction’s seminal 1919 Final Report on Adult Education this new project is reviewing the possibilities for adult education today in order to build a case for a renewed adult education system that is relevant to the social, economic, environmental, technological and political context in which we now live.

Roshi Naidoo is a member of the Soundings editorial collective and has worked in academia, the cultural sector and in campaigning. She writes on cultural politics – most recently: ‘Imagining the Next Day: Music, Heritage, and Hope’ in G. Hooper (ed.) Heritage at the Interface - Interpretation and Identity (University Press of Florida: 2018). More of her writing can be found here: