CAMINA project: Newsletter 2
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Time to put some spring in our step... that we're (mostly) through the winter season!
Here's an update on what we've been up to between winter wanderings and hibernation! Looking forward to a more active Spring, and hoping existing and new caminantes can join us in shaking off some of the cobwebs!

Webinars and animations

As part of our participatory action research project 'Learning as we go's' theme 2 (key challenges and opportunities facing critical educators and education today), we have now held two webinars on the topics of: 'Critical Education and the State we're in; challenges, risks and opportunities', and 'Post-neoliberalism; How can critical education help in the evolution of a better form of political economy?'.

These webinars have taken the form of online dialogues among CAMINA collaborators using Google hangouts. We felt they were fruitful and thought-provoking dialogues, through which we also gained useful and insightful ideas for action, as well as feedback - so thanks to those who have taken part in these so-far!

We're now planning our next webinar: "Speaking truth(s) to power: opportunities and challenges for critical education in relation to media, information and opinion", The webinar will take place on Tuesday 14th March from 1.15pm to 2.30pm, and Thursday 16th March from 7.45pm to 9.00pm.

We'll be sending out invites to members of our mailing list this week, but if you aren't on it and are interested in taking part in this next webinar, please let us now via email!

Our hope is to 'share' with CAMINA members some of the key points, ideas and insights arising from these webinar dialogues, in the form of animation videos. However, we've been having a few 'teething problems' with trying to put these together, so watch this space! We could certainly do with a bit of help from any animation/video-editing savvy folk out there! Please get in touch if you're up for giving us a hand!


Workshops and events

Neoliberalism vs. Democracy Congress
On the 11th and 12th of February, CAMINA members took part in and held a workshop as part of the 'Neoliberalism vs. Democracy: Waking up to Reality' congress, organised and hosted by the Solidarity Against Neoliberal Extremism (S.A.N.E) collective which took place in Glasgow. (More info about S.A.N.E here) The congress made for some thought-provoking presentations, interesting discussions and contributions, as well as highlighting the real thirst for taking forward actions and organising beyond the usual 'talking-shop'. CAMINA's workshop focused on analysing the who, what, where and when of critical education in confronting neoliberal agendas and policies at the local level. We aim to share the fruits of this workshops soon, in the form of a blog entry.

Intentions for Action
We can now also confirm that we will be holding an event at the Centre for Contemporary Art's clubroom on Friday the 19th of May from 7 to 9.30pm, as part of the continuation of the CCA's Public engagement programme; Intentions in Action.

The event will focus on how art and creative practice can be used as a medium for problem-posing and creating dialogue around local and global issues. Taking the form of a dialogue among participants and speakers, followed by an interactive postcard-creating workshop as part of our 'Postcards from Practice' research process, we hope the event will contribute findings to our research themes of risks and opportunities faced by critical educators today, and what's needed to support critical educators and grow critical education activity.

We'll share further details of the event, as well as how to take part or attend, very soon and via our website, Facebook and email, but if you'd like to be one of our speakers or can help in organising and/or publicising the event, please get in touch!

Future Happenings...
Finally, as part of our drive to blossom and emerge from the 'winter blues', we're keen to hold, support, take part-in and facilitate more workshops and events in the coming Spring and Summer, to both promote and encourage involvement in CAMINA, as well as create and grow action in the vein of critical education. If you're keen for help in organising and holding an event or workshop, or are  involved in any upcoming and related community events/festivals/conferences etc., in Scotland that you feel CAMINA could fit in to and/or support, please get in touch so we can discuss it further!

Publications, blogs, and online spaces

CAMINA is soon to have its first article published in the Spring issue of the community education theory/practice journal 'Concept'. We'll share the link to the article as soon as the Spring issue has been released. Concept journal is a free, independent online journal/publication, based at the Moray House School of Education at Edinburgh University, and if you haven't come across it before, we strongly recommend checking it out:

You may have noticed that CAMINA's website and facebook page have a semi-regular blog, that we'd love to turn into something more regular and with a wider group of contributors! The most recent entry, written by CAMINA co-founder Nicky Bolland, looks at the issue of labels, language, naming actions and practice (including how we chose the name 'CAMINA') and the difficulties therein.
Are you (like the present writer of this newsletter) a frustrated blogger that never got beyond creating a blog and then composing one or two entries? We'd LOVE and welcome your contribution - even if it's a simple image and caption, a long rant, a short poem, whatever, as long as it is in some way related to critical education theory/praxis. (If you're interested in sharing something on our blog, please email us your contribution[s] here.)

Lastly, you may have also noticed that we've gradually moved away from Google+, finding from feedback that it wasn't really a workable online platform for most folk, and have created and are regularly posting and discussing topics on a Facebook group, 'CAMINA Learning as we go'. If you're not already on it but would like to be, you can request to join the group here. We're encouraging folk to use this as a platform to share resources, articles, videos, events, and to comment and generate discussion and reflection on the same. We realize Facebook is not everyone's cup of tea, however, and are striving to update the Google+ community with the same posts shared on the facebook group, regularly, so please tap into or have a look at one or the other if you'd like to be a part of discussions or share your own posts.

Walking interviews and community tours/exchanges

In our last newsletter, we shared some ideas for research processes, one of which was 'Invitations to Walk':
the meaning behind CAMINA is an ‘invitation to walk’.  In this spirit, and as part of our participatory action research project we are encouraging individuals to open an invitation to someone (or a number of someones) to walk and to talk, to see and to share.  A walking interview of sorts.  

We've since begun developing this idea and have carried out and recorded a pilot film of our first walking interview with fellow caminante, artist, joiner, activist, filmmaker and movement builder (among many other 'ers and ists'), Bob Hamilton, from Glasgow city centre (on a not strictly 'walking') and to Glasgow Green, visiting the Free Wheel North project and talking rickshaws, critical thinking, early/childhood education, the city as a playground for learning, engaging in social justice issues, critical education, propaganda and colonialism, among other topics!

Have a watch of the short preview here, which we hope might inspire you to carry out your own wandering, walking conversation and share it with us! 

If you are so-inspired, we've created a rough-guide to these "Invitations to walk", with some suggestions for guiding questions, that you can have a read through here. Alternatively, if you'd be up for being invited on a walk and to share your thoughts with another caminante, please get in touch with us via email.

Walking exchanges...

In addition to one-to-one Invitations to Walk, one caminante has suggested that we develop the idea of Invitations to Walk into exchanges so that folk from different contexts can visit each other and learn about critical education work going on in different places - for example we might link up rural and urban caminantes, or caminantes from North and South of Scotland. We are interested in developing this idea further and would appreciate your thoughts on potential exchanges.  Where would you like to visit?  

A group of fabulous creatives and activists, including a fellow caminante, Poppy Kohner, have recently founded The Workers Theatre Co-operative Limited (SC553633). Their tagline is "a co-operative venue for liberating art". You might enjoy their manifesto:
They've got a launch event in March coming up and a weekend theatre festival in June in Glasgow (which hopefully CAMINA will be taking part in), but before all that they have an ambitious Kickstarter campaign, MEGAPHONE. They're funding three residencies for artists of colour / BAME artists in Scotland. "This is because the performance scene in Scotland is embarrassingly white, and does not reflect its beautifully diverse population."

In Poppy's words: "would you like to support artists of colour in Scotland? -- over 75% of the funds will go directly to them. (None of it, incidentally, goes personally to me.) Your cash will support bursaries, space, mentoring, and production costs. I know folk always say this, but genuinely: every pound counts. 500 £1 donations would actually mean way more to us than one £500 donation, because that would mean that there's 500 people who believe in what we're doing and can afford to support it. Everyone gets some kind of thank you; £10 and up gets some Workers Theatre swag; £20 and up gets tickets to the shows; £200 and up gets some very special events just for you.
We have 10 days left to raise the remaining £4200. (gulp).
Anything which you can spare will be outrageously appreciated. And if you can't afford to donate, a wee share or shout out on social media would mean the world to me."
QUESTIONS? IDEAS? FEEDBACK? Please contact us at, send us a message on our facebook page (click the blue 'f' icon below), or request to join our closed 'learning as we go' group on facebook:
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