Review: Celebration of Awareness by Ivan Illich

This book is a collection of illich’s papers and presentations on a range of themes. Quite a few concern the role of the Church in the modern world. Others are concerned with questions of the developing world and how best to provide aid. The book was first published in 1971. The thoughts and insights in it are if anything more relevant today.

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Palms – a film by Artur Aristakisyan

This film was released in 1993. I’ve only just discovered it.

The DVD I bought was in Russian with English sub-titles. It included an interview with the director, Artur Aristakisyan.

In the interview Artur Aristakisyan says that films of this kind are received with either rapture or hostility. In this case he says, mostly hostility. I am rapturous about this film. It is probably the first DVD film I have ever watched when, after watching it, I felt the weight of the disk. This film has weight.

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Review: Chemistry at the Old Fire Station, Oxford


This is an exhibition of photographs by Dulcy Lott and Imran Uppal. They have worked with a dance troupe, Joe Lott Dance.

The exhibition is quite small, less than 15 photographs, and a small video piece. Some of the photographs are by Imran Uppal who is a professional photographer. Some are by Dulcy Lott, a fine art photographer. The photographs are of the dancers.

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Review of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed

First published in 1968 this is a world-famous work on pedagogy in the context of a struggle for liberation. The educational criticism and theory is developed in the context of a Marxist dialectic. Even outside of that political context the book still has huge value as a pointer to an approach to teaching which is based on solidarity and not manipulation and oppression.

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A review of The Dangerous Rise in Therapeutic Education by Ecclestone and Hayes

The book is about the trend in education, at all levels, from primary through secondary to
FE and University towards a new prioritisation of the emotions in learning. Overall a very good depiction of how the folksy, unscientific, notions of psychotherapy are being used to build a new and disturbing kind of ‘education’ in Britain’s state funded schools.

Original Publication Date: 2009

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