Archive for August, 2011

This is the title of the new book being published by Universiti Sains Malaysia and which contains select papers presented at the Penang Conference on “Decolonising Our Universities” held in June 2011.

The book is edited by Claude Alvares and Shad Saleem Faruqi.

It will be released on 30 August, Merdeka Day, Malaysia’s Day of Independence. Copies should be available for ordering worldwide through the website of USM.

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24 Aug 2011

Decolonising the University

Author: hashcookies | Filed under: Multiversity

The Iranians connected with Multiversity are organising their third international conference in Tehran from May 22-24, 2012. There’s more information available below:

Spring of Wisdom Conference

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24 Aug 2011

Tehran Conference on Spring of Wisdom

Author: hashcookies | Filed under: Multiversity

Two-Year Course of Swaraj Vidyapeeth

  • Do you wish to understand history’s new vision?
  • Do you want to see the anti-people character of the present-day economy?
  • Do you want to know the subtleties of corporate conspiracies hatched to enslave the whole world?
  • Do you want to know concealed realities behind science and technology?
  • Do you want to make yourself aware of attacks on our life by consumerist culture?
  • Do you have a wish to understand the processes of new society building?
  • Do you wish to take correct knowledge of the people’s movements for changing the system going on in India?

Then join the two-year Swaraj Snatak course of Swaraj Vidyapeeth.  Admission is free.  Every year you will be supplied printed educational material three times by registered post.  You will have to send Rs. 250/- for these expenses.  In the end of the session, a contact programme will be held in which you will live with and do discussions with eminent intellectuals and social activists.

The course is specifically useful for youths and persons attached with social work.  There is no age bar or qualification bar in this course.  Candidate must know one language – Hindi or English.  For information brochure and application form, write to –

Dr. Ravindra Shukla, Direction, Two-Year Course, Swaraj Vidyapeeth, 21-B, Moti Lal Nehru Road, Allahabad – 211002 (U.P) Email:, Phone – 09235406243

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16 Aug 2011

Swaraj Snatak Course (India)

Author: hashcookies | Filed under: Multiversity

We are on to an  experiment in reimagining schools.

As you probably know I have been working on two issues related to schooling and children: study of the cognitive damage of modern schooling and the biological process of making sense of the world.

My 25 years of experimentation with children, adults, literate and non literate communities has lead me to a small school in the outskirts of Pune called Sadhana School run by an NGO called Sadhana Village working with rural communities nearby and mentally challenged people in that area. This school has agreed to allow me to implement my understanding of Biological processes to reorganize their school.

The new model once implemented can be sensitively incorporated in any other schooling system making sure that it is not turned into another methodology.

My first session got over and it was from 27th June to 2nd July. I am also documenting the process with the help of friends from FTI. In fact we used two video cameras and 5 digital cameras to document the process. The teachers were also documenting various activities of children. We will soon upload some videos.

The school is English medium. So we are trying out ways of getting children to learn English by understanding the way they learned Marathi.

Another interesting aspect is to explore how to use digital tools to enhance learning. For example the use of digital camera, voice recorder etc might help children to enhance their observation. So we are also requesting you to donate these if possible.

I am attaching with this mail a detailed outline of my philosophy and how I intend to carry forward this project.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon

Warm Regards,

KB Jinan

About Sadhana school and the Programme

12 Aug 2011

Jinan at Sadhana School

Author: hashcookies | Filed under: Taleemnet

The complete proceedings from the Multiversity International Conference on Decolonising Our Universities can be viewed through TV Multiversity.

There are four interrelated locations for these materials, each emphasizing a different aspect of the conference proceedings:

1) TV Multiversity on Vimeo now has complete videos from all eleven sessions of the conference, including the opening and closing sessions. They are two hours in length and available for viewing and downloading.

2) TV Multiversity on YouTube features short excerpts from each of the eleven conference sessions, between 12 to 15 minutes in length. At some point in the future, time permitting, I will try to upload additional short excerpts but for now these can provide a collection of highlights that point to the complete proceedings and other conference resources.

3) TV Multiversity on TVU Networks includes in the broadcast lineup for August the compete proceedings of the conference, interspersed with other Multiversity events, videos from our sister organizations, and a selection of educational television, documentary film and world cinema.

4) The TV Multiversity blog brings these materials together by way of two conference reports summarizing the events of each session, and which point to the above videos and other conference related resources. The blog also houses a growing collection of media themed articles, essays and reviews related to the interests of Multiversity, nearly all of which are available for the first time on the internet through our concerted efforts.

Please share these links with your colleagues, students, friends and others who may be interested in what we have achieved at Penang.

Each of the four above venues includes a comments section, and you can all show your support for TV Multiversity by leaving a comment.

I’d also like to invite you to contribute materials for TV Multiversity. As I noted in the conference, we are particularly interested in brining to the internet media that are not currently available online. This can include videos featuring your own activities and lectures, it can include creative works made by yourself, your students or through various film and video festivals with which you may have been involved, and it can also include media made by others but which are not available on the internet, such as NGOs or other organizations, particularly those that are producing open access materials. I also invite you to contribute media themed short articles, essays and reviews for the TV Multiversity blog. All of these materials can be new or old, but I’d like to encourage especially making available older materials to counter the presentist bias of the internet.

You can send these materials directly to me on physical media, such as  DVD, VHS or VCD, or you can upload them onto file sharing websites or cyberlockers and then send me the info so that they can be downloaded and processed for one or another of the channels listed above. Links from other sites are less useful for this project, as they are difficult or impossible to extract and even so the quality suffers, but if you have links to promote they can be added to the links section on the blog. If you have something to share or if you need technical assistance for any of this, please don’t hesitate to reply. TV Multiversity is what we make of it and I’d like us all to work together to make it both memorable and valuable.

Knowledge needs people and it needs to be free.

Many thanks for your contributions.

With best wishes,

Yusef Progler for TV Multiversity

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6 Aug 2011

Decolonising on Video/TV

Author: hashcookies | Filed under: Multiversity