Pop Up School Video

If you would like to find out more about our Pop Up School project, this short documentary about our 2016 Pop Up School in Footscray gives a good overview of the project and it’s aims.

Since then we have held a Pop Up School in Werribee in 2017, with more to come in 2018….

Contact us if you would like to become involved or learn more!

Call for papers: Special issue for Locale

Call for Papers

Special issue for Locale: The Australasian-Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies

Food Pedagogies and the Senses

Guest Editors:
Rick Flowers, University of Technology Sydney and
Elaine Swan, University of Sussex

In this call, we seek papers that offer analyses of the sensory politics of food pedagogies. Papers should have a local, national or regional focus on the Pacific Rim across Asia, Oceania, North and South America, which can include intersections with global and diasporic perspectives. By food pedagogies, we refer to attempts by a range of agencies, actors, institutions and media to ‘teach’ about growing, shopping, cooking, eating, and wasting food (Flowers and Swan 2015; Leahy and Pike 2015; Etmanski 2015; Sumner 2013). By teach, we mean various processes of formal, informal and incidental education and learning, inside and beyond the classroom. Examples of formal food pedagogies include cooking courses, health education, nutrition workshops, culinary tours, and permaculture courses; informal food pedagogies encompass museum food exhibitions, TV cooking shows, community gardening projects, food activist campaigns, food industry marketing public health programmes; and incidental food pedagogies cover learning from eating and drinking, at work, at home, in restaurants, and large-scale food events. Thus, food pedagogues can include museum curators, health workers, food tour guides, nutritionists, teachers, food activists, food producers and retailers, celebrity chefs and celebrity farmers. Our definition draws from Australian and American scholars who use pedagogy as an analytic to study cultural and social processes and relations which attempt to modify how we act, feel and think (Luke 1996; Sandlin, O’Malley and Burdick 2011; Watkins, Noble and Driscoll 2015). In essence, ‘culture can and does operate in pedagogical ways’ (Hickey-Moody, Savage and Windle 2010, p. 227). This means examining the pedagogical dimensions of processes such as socialisation, reproduction, interpellation, embodiment and analysing how forms of food subjectivity and food conduct are capacitated, regulated and shaped in gendered, racialised, heternormative and classed ways across public, private and domestic spheres (Watkins et al., 2015; Luke 1996).

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Conference Abstracts

The full Conference Program with Abstracts for Turning Learning Upside Down: Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom 2017 is available to view online.  The program overview with schedule is also available to view here.

In addition to our Keynote Speakers, Panelists and Discussion Groups each morning, the two day program includes a fantastic range of presentations, workshops, and events each afternoon.

Over the lunch break, which is fully catered in our on campus venue, we will also have related publication launches each day.

Crossing the boundaries of disciplines and institutions, this is a unique program of events that brings together participants from a diverse range of sectors and fields which you are unlikely to find at any other event.

Visit Conference Registration page.

One Night in Footscray

When the Public Pedagogies Institute conference is over on Friday you can head straight on out for One Night in Footscray

Discover the art spaces, galleries, venues and hidden in-between spaces within the local area. Exhibitions, live music, performance and participatory art installations collide for one night in a free program that has something for people of all ages.

One Night in Footscray highlights the work of local artists, makers, emerging practitioners and students, to create new opportunities to encounter art in public spaces and the ways in which people experience and interpret Footscray, its people and places.

This program is a Footscray University Town initiative supported by Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council.

Friday 24 November,  5PM ’til late

Check out the program at the link below:


Putting Theory to Work

Recently a delegation from Public Pedagogies Institute attended the Manchester Metropolitan University’s 5th International Summer Institute in Qualitative Research: Putting Theory to Work (10th July – 14th July 2017). This biannual conference enables a unique opportunity for researchers from all over the world and disciplines to meet, learn and talk about theory as it relates to the work we do as researchers.

Throughout the event we engaged with various ways to engage and interact with theory. With a mix of keynote presentations, smaller group presentations and artistic responses to provocations that promoted the folding in of theory into creative output. These daily experiences promoted socially constructed art works that fold in and through each other; through discourse, arts methods and theoretical statements that ask ‘what happens when we think theoretical concepts in intra-action with materials and art-based propositions?’

A range of theoretical discussions where engaged with through the variety of forums that were pedagogically rich democratic and polyphonic. Many voices from across the globe that came together to teach and learn  found in the heart of Manchester, UK.

Mary Dixon, Karen Charman, Matthew Thomas and Jayson Cooper attended on behalf of the Public Pedagogies Institute where they shared a presentation that wove their voices and experiences together to create a tapestry of pedagogical discussions from being involved in the Public Pedagogies Institute’s 2016 Footscray Pop Up School. They each gave a 20 minute presentation that together sang the polyphonic nature of the Pop Up school. Speaking a new educational experience (a growing theoretical understanding of education consciousness) each of the presentations expressed the theoretical as it was put into practice through this one day event.

Exploring the plural pedagogical aims of local communities and the enrichments that come from such dialogue, the PPI presentation promoted wide discussion on public pedagogy, Australian identity and community expression.


One Night In Footscray

Our friends at MetroWest have an upcoming event that may be of interest and they are offering grants for artists to participate:

Apply now for an artist’s grant to exhibit or perform at ‘One Night in Footscray’ in 2017!

One Night in Footscray‘ is a new and exciting platform to discover the art spaces, galleries and venues within central Footscray. It is designed as a self-guided twilight journey through central Footscray. Audiences and participants will be able to view and engage in a variety of high-quality art experiences, across different mediums and unexpected locations – all on one night.

The event aims to:

  • encourage journeys through central Footscray and its creative spaces
  • highlight the work of local arts and makers
  • support emerging practitioners and students, creating a platform to showcase their work
  • promote and encourage audiences and artists to see, experience and interpret Footscray, its people and places.

Find out more

Werribee Pop Up School

Our next Pop Up School is coming up this year at Station Place, Werribee on Friday September 1, 2017, from 1pm – 6pm.

An ongoing project of the Public Pedagogies Institute, the Pop Up School initiative is designed to create community events that explore learning and teaching located in specific places and locations. The project is supported by research into how knowledge is perceived and valued geographically.

We look forward to a great day of activities, performances, exhibitions and celebration in Werribee!


Click to download Werribee Pop Up School Flyer

The Politics of Affect: Policing and Colonizing Anger in Disney’s Zootopia

Visiting Scholar Associate Professor Jennifer A. Sandlin from Arizona State University, will be giving a public lecture on Thursday June 29, 2017:

The Politics of Affect: Policing and Colonizing Anger in Disney’s Zootopia’

The is a free event and all Institute members are encouraged to attend.

Date: June 29
Time: 4 – 6pm
VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray 

The College of Arts and Education at Victoria University have sponsored Dr Sandlin’s visit. Professor Rob Strathdee, Dean of the College of Arts and Education at Victoria University will be a guest at the lecture.

Associate Professor Jennifer A. Sandlin  will also be presenting the Masterclass in Public Pedagogy for the Institute while she is in Australia.

The Politics of Affect: Policing and Colonizing Anger in Disney’s Zootopia
Associate Professor Jennifer A. Sandlin, Arizona State University

In this talk I focus on The Walt Disney Company’s recent hit animated film, Zootopia, which can be read as a commentary on the police state, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the policing of affect, particularly anger. I argue that Zootopia preserves and perpetuates whiteness, racialization, and dehumanization through the modulation and sanctioning of particular feelings. I problematize the film’s pathologization of rage not only because it disavows the productive and constructive uses to which anger and rage can be put, but also because it biologizes rage. Finally, I call for developing pedagogies attuned to affect in order to confront racialized state violence and the racializing assemblages that prop up ongoing white supremacist injustice, and argue that we must attend to how anger can be a form of moral protest and political outrage.

Date: June 29
Time: 4 – 6pm
VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray 

On the Road with PPI: Geelong

Last week we held our PPI General Meeting in Geelong.  It was the first of our three meetings where we leave the suburb of Footscray!

Part of this meeting was enacting public pedagogy.  In this instance we undertook a walk in Corio Norlane in Geelong.  Amanda Stirrat and Tina Grimes have worked with community and school groups to develop Knowing your Place 3214 Walks. We only walked a short distance but in the space of this learnt an enormous amount about Norlane over time.

The experience was really amazing and Amanda, who spoke the significance of the area as we walked, alerted us to the specificities of geographical spaces… instances of architecture, seemingly vacant land, the significance of industry, lost football fields, indigenous connections to the land and the bay, and memory and place.

Amanda’s work is enacting public pedagogy in and around Geelong and I can’t speak more highly of her. I encourage you to take one of the walks.  And as you will see by the images, we ended up in a very cool location for the formal part of our meeting!

Journal Call for Submissions

Public Pedagogies Institute invites submissions for consideration in the next issue of the Journal of Public Pedagogies, to be published in November 2017.

The Journal of Public Pedagogies is a peer-reviewed publication of the Public Pedagogies Institute, published online by the Institute in conjunction with Victoria University. The journal publishes research in learning and teaching that extends beyond the boundaries of traditional or formal educational institutions.

Submissions are invited for articles of 3000-5000 words. Please submit your articles prepared for blind review, with name and contact information on a separate page.  Articles should be formatted in 12 pt, double line spaced (with no indents or formatting), using the Harvard Referencing Style. ( For referencing details please follow the Victoria University Harvard Guide. )

Images should be attached separately as jpeg or png files (please submit low resolution images for review, with high resolution versions to be made available upon request for publication).

Submissions will be accepted until June 30, 2017, however you are encouraged to contact us with your intention to submit prior to the deadline.

For further information or to submit your article, please contact Karen Charman.

The Journal can be accessed at the Victoria University site or at the link below.


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