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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

Art, Science and Figuring the World

The Public Pedagogies Institute is very excited to announce the Keynote Speaker for our 2017 conference will be Margaret Wertheim, of the Crochet Coral Reef project and the
Institute For Figuring.

Margaret Wertheim is an internationally noted writer, artist and curator whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider cultural landscape. The author of six books including “The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace,” a history of space from Dante to the Internet, and “Physics on the Fringe,” she has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Aeon and many others. With her twin sister Christine she founded the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles-based practice devoted to the aesthetic and poetic dimensions of science and mathematics. ( Through the IFF, she has created exhibitions for the Hayward Gallery (London), Science Gallery (Dublin), MASS MoCA (MA), and Art Center College of Design (Los Angeles). The Wertheim sisters’ Crochet Coral Reef project is the largest participatory art & science endeavor in the world, and has been shown at the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), Museum of Arts and Design (New York), Deutsches Museum (Munich), the Smithsonian (Washington D.C.), and elsewhere. Margaret’s reef TED talk has been viewed more than a million times and translated into 22 languages. In 2016, she was granted the AxS Award from the Pasadena Arts Council, for contributions to art and science, and the American Association of Physics Teachers award for public science communication – the first woman to given this honor in 10 years. She has been a Discovery Fellow at the University of Southern California (2012) and a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne (2015), and is currently a Phd. candidate at Deakin University.

Margaret’s presentation will be based on the following:

Art, Science and Figuring the World

Welsh writer Merrily Harpur has written that: “the duty of artists everywhere is to enchant the conceptual landscape.” It may not be the duty of scientists to produce conceptual enchantment, but in this talk Margaret Wertheim will propose that this is one of the goals scientists and mathematicians achieve. In 2003, Wertheim founded the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles-based enterprise with her artist-twin-sister Christine that’s dedicated to “the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics.” The IFF can be conceived of as a “play tank” – a new kind of practice for exploring creative public engagement with topics ranging from geometry and topology, to physics, computation, and biological form. Here, Wertheim will discuss how imaginative speculative play practices can provide insight into the realms of math and science for citizens of all ages. From a worldwide project to model coral reefs using the art of crochet, to building giant fractals from tens of thousands of brightly colored business cards, Wertheim’s work offers experiences for playing with ideas.

Find out more:
Crochet Coral Reef
The Institute for Figuring

Public Pedagogies Institute Conference
Turning Learning Upside Down
Footscray, Melbourne
November 23 – 24 , 2017

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.


Master Class on Public Pedagogy

The Public Pedagogies Institute is pleased to announce a Master Class on Public Pedagogy with Jennifer A Sandlin.

June-19-22, 4.00-6.00pm
Victoria University City Flinders St Campus

In this Master Class participants will have the opportunity to explore the concept of public pedagogies. We particularly encourage participation from people who are working on a public pedagogy project and/or in the area of community education, art, museums and academics. This is an opportunity to think about your work through the theoretical framework of Public Pedagogy.

Jennifer A. Sandlin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Justice and Social Inquiry department in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her
 research focuses on the intersections of education, learning, and consumption, as well
as on understanding and theorizing public pedagogy. In Sandlin’s most recent research projects, she explores the Walt Disney Corporation and the myriad ways its curricula and pedagogies manifest, and seeks to understand what it means to teach, learn, and live in a world where many familiar discourses are dominated by Disney as a global media conglomerate.

Her publications include: Jennifer A. Sandlin and Julie C. Garlen (Ed), 2016, Disney, Culture and Curriculum (Routledge) Jennifer A. Sandlin, Brian D. Schultz, Jake Burdick, 2010, Handbook of Public Pedagogy: Education and Learning Beyond Schooling (Routledge) and Jake Burdick, Jennifer Sandlin and Michael O’Malley, 2014, Problematizing Public Pedagogy 
(Routledge). She is currently co-editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.

Readings for the Master Class will be available shortly after registration through a drop box prior to commencement of the course. Cost is $60 per participant. Places are limited.

Work generated in this Master Class will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Public Pedagogies.

Click here to download the course information sheet.

Click here to go to the course enrolment page on Eventbrite.

Conference Call For Papers

Turning Learning Upside Down
Learning and Teaching Beyond the Classroom

The Public Pedagogies Institute invites contributions for our 2017 conference:

Turning Learning Upside Down
Footscray, Melbourne
23rd – 24th November, 2017

We understand public pedagogies to be the many sites in which teaching and learning occurs in the community and outside formal institutions. These may include museums, libraries, neighbourhood houses and community centres as well as in the arts, through community engagement and public history.

This conference seeks to engage people who participate in learning and teaching in practice, research and the evaluation of public pedagogies and presents a platform for exchange on the challenges, achievements and best practice in this field.

We welcome and invite a range of submissions – informal presentations, academic papers, workshops, screenings – and encourage a diversity of sectors to participate in two days of ideas-sharing and networking.

Submissions of no more than 300 words will be accepted up until Friday 25 August. All submissions should be accompanied by an up to 100 word biographical note.

Please send submissions by 5pm Friday 22 September.

Please contact for more information or to make a submission.

Click here to download the Call for Papers Flyer.

Brimbank Schools and Community Agencies Exchange

Next week the biannual Exchange will be held with a focus on
Meaningful Reconciliation: Where to start, why it’s important and local examples

It will be a rich session hearing from Aunty Di Kerr, Wurundjeri elder and wise woman, Dr Sue Atkinson, Yorta Yorta woman who works in early years education, is an honorary research fellow at University of Melbourne and author, and Roni Keegel, Director of Copperfields Pre-School in Delahey, who are implementing an exciting reconciliation action plan.

It will be held on Thursday 11 May, 8.45 – 10.45am
at Victoria University Convention Centre,
460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine.

Join us for morning tea and to learn together from each other and with each other.

RSVP to:

Werribee Pop Up School

The Public Pedagogies Institute is currently working on another Pop Up School event that will take place in Werribee on September 1, 2017. This project has evolved from our highly successful Pop Up School which was held in Footscray in 2016. The Werribee event will be part of the launch of the Wyndham Learning Festival, September 1-8, 2017.

As part of the project, we are currently meeting and talking with people who live and/or work in Werribee. These conversations are about understanding the knowledge of Werribee, and how that knowledge can be demonstrated in the form of learning and teaching in the Pop Up School event. As with the Footscray event, we are not only interested in the knowledge that resides in Werribee, but what of that knowledge is important to remember in the future? In short, the beginnings of what we describe as the Werribee Curriculum.

More news to come.