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9th April 2021No Comments

News from the cracked fields #1

While we continue our research on the mapping of new ways of learning and after contacting the initiatives that we were mapping for several months, we are using this blog to present news from our #research_fields.

The first two initiatives are #FAC_Research from #Athens and #City_Detectives from #Istanbul.

FAC Research is a community-based research centre in #Athens (and beyond) staging a collective exit from neoliberal academia, nourishing the autonomous roots of #feminisms. The Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research (FAC Research) is a #space_for_learning, #reflection, #collaboration, #support, #exchange, #knowledge_production, #political_interventions, and #trouble_making. 

City Detectives (Şehir Dedektifi) is an initiative based in #Istanbul,focuses on the child's #right_to_live in a healthy and safe environment; it is a #civic_initiative that observes, documents and produces games that #children communicate with the city and #cities_with_children.

As we start to share the details of our #discussions and #shared_learning, we encourage you to follow the initiatives’ projects and news here:

  • FAC Research’s annual membership drive starts on April 1 2021, but you can join them anytime. Learn more about how to become a member of FAC research here
  • In collaboration with partner organisations comprising the participatory action research project BRIDGES: Building Inclusive Societies: Diversifying Knowledge and Tackling Discrimination through Civil Society Participation in Universities, FAC Research created an open access resource that provides antiracist feminist strategies for addressing and dismantling structures of exclusion in University curricula and classrooms. You can check the Tool Kit here!
  • The Workshop on Children in Public Transport developed by the City Detectives aims to bring together the experiences and ideas of different stakeholders to answer questions and develop solutions regarding discovery transportation, accessible transportation, safe transportation and ecological transportation sessions. Child Rights Monitoring Studies on the theme of Children in Public Transport realized with the EU support program, will be implemented with the outputs of this workshop.

We will be sharing more news of the initiatives to enlarge the network that focuses on #education in relation to #art, #urbanism and #activism! Stay in touch with us for more updates and events, join our Telegram group called crackedfields and be a part of our network!




25th March 20212 Comments

On the mapping of new ways of learning

As we started our journey with the search for new ways of learning, we have been #mapping our way through our fields of #education in relation to #art, #urbanism, and #social_justice from various cities located mainly in Greece, Spain, Moldova, Turkey but also looking around our #edges for more. In these last weeks of winter, we have been taking turns, twice a week, presenting our proposals of initiatives in their historical, political, and economical context, and finding out the common points in these different formations.

We have mapped and discussed 31 initiatives so far and have proceeded to actually put them on a map via the different #classifications we assigned to them through our research. We asked each other things like: “What are the topics that are ignored in our countries? Is there a way of engaging with our #environment more physically while we learn things? Are there different ways of perceiving one topic? Do we learn how to discuss in our schools? Can art facilitate learning while expressing through it?”

We are now building a methodology based on consensus between us, proposing to each other, being inspired by other member’s choices that move us as individuals and as a group to look at different corners of our fields of interest, knowledge, filters, bubbles and experiences.

We will be continuing to share our thoughts and steps of this journey so we can transform our research into the production of an online platform of video interviews with these initiatives and materials from our #mapping.

Join us in #learning_through_our_cracks across our borders!


16th February 20212 Comments

On the search of new ways of learning

A group of artists, designers, educators and citizens that came together as Permaculture Solidarity out of a wider group of people from Spaces for Solidarity, we, Iris Diaz Carrasco, Liana Kuyumcuyan, Theo Prodromidis and Vladimir Us, have decided to research the activity of organisations and initiatives that work in solidarity and introduce learning spaces that are developed bottom-up, according to their #local_needs.

Located on the edges and in-betweens of Europe, we want to highlight the differences and similarities of our locales, to create an archive of solution-making by focusing on the topic of #education in relation to #art and #urbanism. The initiatives and organisations we are #mapping are non-governmental organisation or informal structures that are working with #active_citizenship and we are trying to build new connections and provide space for visibility, both in their locality and internationally.

In our turbulent times, we are standing up for the value of creating #relationships and exchanging experiences between spaces and people that have already offered #solutions and ones who are actively building new ones.

We are inviting you to keep an eye on this blog space, to follow our research into the production of an online platform of video interviews with these initiatives and materials from our mapping.

Join us in #learning_through_our_cracks and across our fields, mountaintops and seas!