Actions and Detail Panel
Designing solutions: New forms of knowledge creation and dissemination
Thu 2 March 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 GMT
Thursday 2 March
6.30-8pm followed by a drinks reception
Lecture Theatre B
This is the second of two open panel discussions in the Knowledge after Austerity and Brexit series, examining knowledge production and dissemination in the context of austerity, and the way in which knowledge has been brought into focus in the atmosphere of the Brexit vote. These panel discussions provide a framework to explore both the challenges and the opportunities that the current political and economic context presents.
Since 2010, the political and economic context for knowledge production in the UK has been transformed. Austerity’s ideological and economic dimensions have led to significant changes in the way that knowledge is produced and disseminated. The impact of fiscal tightening has been felt in numerous ways, from the closure of public libraries, to spending cuts inflicted on the arts, to fundamental changes in the financing of higher education.
In the last year, the EU referendum campaign and its aftermath have given rise to the idea that we are entering a new era of ‘post-truth’ politics in which intellectualism is disparaged and ‘people in this country have had enough of experts’. The outcomes of the referendum and the US presidential election have also focused attention on the financialized nature of digital knowledge production and on the increasing role of algorithms and ‘filter bubbles’ in the organisation of information online.
Panel 2: Designing solutions: New forms of knowledge creation and dissemination
The second event will discuss emergent projects that seek to design an alternative future for knowledge production in the UK.
• How can knowledge production be re-democratized?
• What role might practices of co-production and other innovative forms of knowledge creation play?
• What challenges are faced by emergent projects committed to ‘open’ education and equality of access?
• What should the knowledge institutions of the future look like?
David Cross, Reader in Art and Design, Camberwell College of Arts
Melanie Keen, Director, Iniva
Mor Rubinstein, Community Coordinator, Open Knowledge International
Shiri Shalmy, artist and curator, Antiuniversity Now co-organiser
Tom Wakeford, Reader in Public Science, Coventry University and Lead Practitioner, People’s Knowledge
Rebecca Bramall, Senior Lecturer in Media, London College of Communication