Social Science Centre Farewell Statement

Dear Members, Friends and Followers of the Social Science Centre,

The Social Science Centre is closing at the end of February 2019. Since 2011, we have organised and run free, cooperative higher education courses and community projects in the city of Lincoln. The SSC was created as both a critique of and an alternative to the dominant model of higher education in the UK, and has been inspirational for many of its members and followers. It has created many spaces for intellectual life, learning, solidarity and friendship within the city and enabled many of us to follow new dreams. Running such a project has required considerable time and commitment from us all, and been challenging at times, and we have reached the limit of what we are able to achieve in this organisational form. The ideas that have underpinned the SSC, and co-operative higher education generally, are being developed elsewhere. A Co-operative University with degree-awarding powers is now being established in England and will open in 2019. The SSC was free and relied on voluntary labour; the Co-operative University will charge students £5,500 in order to access government funding and workers will be paid. Although one project is charging a fee and the other was free, both projects, following the historical aim of the Co-operative movement, intend to develop a new form of common wealth. We look forward to working with you in the city of Lincoln and elsewhere on other projects.

Yours in hope and solidarity.

 

Reflective discussion & collage-making

In case you missed it last time, here’s another chance to do Hannah’s workshop – I can totally recommend it! This Sunday at Coffee Aroma, Guildhall Street (upstairs room), 10am-midday.

This arts-based focus group is part of my (Hannah’s) research for my master’s dissertation on alternative “counter-neoliberal” higher education. The 2 hour workshop involves reflective discussion and collage-making regarding our perceptions of SSC: who we are, what are we doing here, and how does SSC relate to and within the wider higher education sector.

We will start with some discussions/introductions and then create collages that express/communicate our perceptions of SSC. They can be individual or collaborative and they are yours to keep (although I would love to take a photo of them). For the last half an hour (perhaps longer if there is time) we will talk about our collages, ask one another questions and explore metaphor and meaning. I will provide materials but if you have anything lying around (old newspapers, magazines, prospectuses, textiles, glue, scissors, etc.) which you can bring along please do.

As this is part of my research study I intend to audio-record discussion using my phone. I will also need to collect signed consent forms. I will bring hardcopies of consent forms and study information, but they are also available for you to look over here:

Consent form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKdoBQdolOTr-90Ns1D7rgXSXoUIJdTiQwXZskDikTs/edit?usp=sharing
Information sheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JZroUQCjBoO04jV7g6fn5iP69n6t2qS3/view?usp=sharing
Participant sheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XJqvP_wou-XOniOEAtrat3cPshYDT_tT/view?usp=sharing

Dr David Hughes: War & the Media

Prof. Nigel Curry has had to postpone his lecture on the Growth Economy due to family reasons.  We are super glad to announce this excellent late replacement:

Public lecture 7pm, Tuesday 3rd September 2017

How independent is the “free media”? To what extent does it serve to hold government to account, and to what extent does it act as an instrument of propaganda? This lecture will explore those questions in relation to war by analysing a series of wars from World War II through Vietnam and the Falklands to the Gulf War, Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. Participants will be encouraged to think critically about the news channels they follow and the kinds of messages they are being exposed to.

Everyone welcome.  Free of charge.

Involve Centre, Mint Lane, Lincoln

Housing & the Built Environment Autumn term dates 2017

Monthly Meeting & History Tour of St Giles with Callum, Saturday 2nd September, midday, St Giles Jubilee Hall, Lamb Gardens. Monthly meeting, followed by a guided walk around St Giles.  Callum has done his dissertation on history of St Giles.

Public Lecture tbc, Tuesday 3rd October, 7pm

Monthly Planning Meeting, Saturday 7th October, midday, Mint Lane Involve Centre

Start of term: Housing & the Built Environment, Tuesday 17th October, 7pm, Mint Lane Involve Centre. Welcome new members, reflect on public lecture, introduce Autumn term course and proposed reading

Building Prosociality (David & Karolina), Tuesday 31st October, 7pm, Mint Lane Involve Centre. Reading: Community Perception: The Ability to Assess the Safety of Unfamiliar Neighborhoods and Respond Adaptively Daniel Tumminelli O’Brien and David Sloan Wilson

Monthly Planning Meeting, Saturday 4th November, midday, Mint Lane Involve Centre

Social housing in Lincoln (Lucy), Tuesday 14th November, 7pm, Mint Lane Involve Centre

Prosperity & the Landlord’s Game (Laura), Tuesday 28th November, 7pm, Mint Lane Involve Centre

SSC AGM Planning Meeting, 25th June

 

Venue: Angel Cafe

Time: 11am

Present: Laura, Meredith, Sarah, Mike

Online publicity

A short piece setting out details about the SSC  AGM has been posted on Lincolnite website

Posters/flyers

Delivery of posters/flyers from printer to be confirmed 26th June.

Distribution of flyers

Members to distribute flyers to residents across the city on dates set out below. Please let us know when/if you able to do this:

West End, Tues 27th 7pm. Meet 252 West Parade.

St Giles, Weds 28th June 7pm. Meeting place tba.

St Georges and Long Leys, Thurs 29th June 7pm. Meeting place tba.

Burton Road, Thurs 29th June 7pm. Meeting place tba

Monks Road, Fri 30th June 7pm. Meeting place tba.

City Centre, library and cafes, Sat 1st July. Meeting place and time tba

School and Childrens’ Centres. Days and times tba.

Arrangements for the event

Arrangements for the event were discussed, including need for graffiti and scribble paper for ideas for future learning, artefacts to show history of SSC and provision for children. At the start of the event members to say why they are involved with SSC and ask those attending to suggest ideas for the event. Organising group suggested running the Money workshop presented at the first SSC AGM.

Business of AGM

Agenda for AGM to be drafted and sent out for comment ( MN)

Treasurer’s Report to be prepared (LS)

 

Meeting ended 12 noon.