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Rayson, David, 2015, Conference or Workshop, The Field: Looking and Thinking aloud at Thinking with John Berger, Cardiff, UK, 4-5 September 2014.

Abstract or Description:

The conference at Cardiff Metropolitan University placed focus on the transformative potential of Berger’s work for educational practice. Berger may be said to have kept a distance from the institutional lecture hall, seminar room or studio; yet his work, through an interdisciplinarity seemingly without boundaries, continues to impact upon a number of academic fields. In dedicating himself to ‘the job of thinker and artist’ (Sally Potter), Berger seems also consistently to have orientated himself towards the future and to practice: he is, in the words of Sukhdev Sandhu, ‘in the best sense, a teacherly writer and performer’ -- a teacherly method characterised, that is, by the principles of collaboration and equality.
The conference therefore takes an exploratory approach to the question of how we might, as educators, use, discuss, learn from and continue to develop Berger’s thought. In what ways might that thought help to transform curricula, pedagogy, and our work as writers, artists and teachers? How pertinent is it, for example, to the growing internationalisation of the academy and to questions of global educational citizenship? Or how relevant as a critical resource within the context of a new, corporate and marketised environment in education? Might Berger’s ‘radical humanism’ (Tilda Swinton) help to carve out alternative futures?
Professor David Rayson's explored Berger's skill to 'think aloud' writing in real-time as questions and ideas unfold, and Rayson's paper focused upon spacial theory and art geography through Berger's seminal essay - The Field (1971).
Using visuals, short film clips and associated writings from other scholars, it was Rayson's intention to both critique Berger's mode of writing and also for the conference and through the reproduced paper create a space to think aloud in.

Contributors:
ContributionNameRCA ID
SpeakerFinch, JamesUNSPECIFIED
SpeakerHayes, MariaUNSPECIFIED
SpeakerBruce, RobbinsUNSPECIFIED
SpeakerFerrebe, AliceUNSPECIFIED
SpeakerOverton, TomUNSPECIFIED
SpeakerBrotto, DenisUNSPECIFIED
SpeakerArcher, AlfredUNSPECIFIED
SpeakerSimmons, RochelleUNSPECIFIED
SpeakerDavies, CathUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
School or Centre: School of Fine Art
Funders: Cardiff Metropolitan University
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 17:58
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 17:58
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2468

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