What is a Dissertation? // What is an Education?

Hayden Westfield-Bell

BoyPoolRhizome by Mark Ingham

I think I stumbled on this article through Leiter Reports – but don’t quote me on that. I’ve got a Feedly library dedicated to philosophy feeds which I go through on occasion, and this particular article caught my attention. Here’s the full text, and I recommend you go and read it.

Essentially, Bharath Vallabha wanted to write a very different kind of dissertation – something non-linear, closer to Wittgenstein’s ‘web’ approach to writing. Unfortunately, due to the constraints of the education system and some internal decisions influenced by the commotion caused, this approach proved difficult and was ultimately shelved. I felt for Vallabha, as I’d struggled with something similar during my MA, and I wanted to respond to something in his lengthy post that made me feel incredibly uncomfortable:

[…] but about the sociological fact that I wasn’t seen as a genius, and so I couldn’t write the way Wittgenstein did. The more I thought…

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Teaching Students to Break the Rules

Channel View Publications and Multilingual Matters

This month we are publishing Nigel Krauth’s book Creative Writing and the Radical which explores the ideas of innovation and experimentation within creative writing. In this post, Nigel discusses how he taught students to break the rules and how the way creative writing is taught must change to incorporate the ever-evolving modern world.

I’ve taught creative writing for 25 years at Griffith University, but only in one course – my Radical Fictions course – have students thanked me for teaching them how to break the rules. In addition, they’ve said: ‘I wish I had taken this course at the start of my degree, not at the end of it’.

In reply I used to say: ‘You need to know the rules before you can break them well.’ But nowadays I don’t say that. The students know already that rule-breaking is part of the mainstream in literary publishing.

Creative Writing and the RadicalMy book Creative Writing…

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Series One, Uncertainty Playground Episode 5: Launch Night by Uncertainty Playground at LCC on #SoundCloud

Mark Ingham

Uncertainty Playground is a series of exhibitions, events and podcasts which consider how design can define, address and make meaning from the ambiguities and uncertainties that we currently face.
As part of London Design Festival 2017, London College of Communication presents four exhibitions that explore the role of design research and practice in imagining, critiquing and shaping potential futures.
For episode 5, we delve deeper into the exhibitions and events at Uncertainty Playground’s launch night.

Episode 5 – Launch Night

In episode five, Dr Nicky Ryan, Dean of Design at LCC, speaks to participants and visitors at the launch night of Uncertainty Playground – exploring the various events and exhibitions that make up the show.

http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/london-college-of-communication/2017/09/27/uncertainty-playground-podcast-episode-5-launch-night/

Nicky also meets Silvia Grimaldi, Research Coorindator for LCC’s Design School and Course Leader for MA Service Experience Design and Innovation, and Dr Mark Ingham, Teaching and Learning Innovation Lead for LCC’s Design School…

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Series One, Uncertainty Playground Episode 5: Launch Night by Uncertainty Playground at LCC on #SoundCloud

Uncertainty Playground is a series of exhibitions, events and podcasts which consider how design can define, address and make meaning from the ambiguities and uncertainties that we currently face.
As part of London Design Festival 2017, London College of Communication presents four exhibitions that explore the role of design research and practice in imagining, critiquing and shaping potential futures.
For episode 5, we delve deeper into the exhibitions and events at Uncertainty Playground’s launch night.

Episode 5 – Launch Night

In episode five, Dr Nicky Ryan, Dean of Design at LCC, speaks to participants and visitors at the launch night of Uncertainty Playground – exploring the various events and exhibitions that make up the show.

http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/london-college-of-communication/2017/09/27/uncertainty-playground-podcast-episode-5-launch-night/

Nicky also meets Silvia Grimaldi, Research Coorindator for LCC’s Design School and Course Leader for MA Service Experience Design and Innovation, and Dr Mark Ingham, Teaching and Learning Innovation Lead for LCC’s Design School, to discuss their thoughts about the exhibition so far.

Who Controls the Future? 

Who Controls the Future? 

 

“A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason.  

Or it can be thrown through the window.” 

 

“There will be a number of ‘trials’ throughout the duration of the exhibition, where a jury composed of members of the archive/ staff at UAL and student alumni will debate the relative merits of each submitted object before an audience, with the aim of inclusion in our Room 2084.” 

 

In fuzzy set theory, there are DEGREES of inclusion 

 

“In classical set theory, the membership of elements in a set is assessed in binary terms according to a bivalent condition — an element either belongs or does not belong to the set. By contrast, fuzzy set theory permits the gradual assessment of the membership of elements in a set; this is described with the aid of a membership function valued in the real unit interval [0, 1]. Fuzzy sets generalize classical sets, since the indicator functions of classical sets are special cases of the membership functions of fuzzy sets, if the latter only take values 0 or 1.[3] In fuzzy set theory, classical bivalent sets are usually called crisp sets. The fuzzy set theory can be used in a wide range of domains in which information is incomplete or imprecise,…” 

 

Authenticity/Trustworthyness – Is it the genuine article = False/Fake/Corrupt 

 

Integrity – Is it complete and reliable. = Dishonesty 

 

Provenance – Does the item have a history, is it connected with the donor/creator.  

 

Evidentiality – is the record a testimony of the creator’s activities, personality, cultural identity. 

 

Informational value – the importance of the information contained in the record. 

 

Educational/research use – Is the item/record of educational/research use for the collecting organisation. 

 

Accessibility – Is it useable by researchers, does it require specific access or storage equipment/materials.  

 

Conservation – fragility, risks and storage costs of the record. = Ephemeral  

 

Inter-relatedness – are there related items that are being offered or that already rest in the archive centre. 

 

Uniqueness of the record. 

 

Collection policy – Does the item fit into the collection policy 

 

“we need to turn our attention to the silent fascism that is becoming normalized through the systematic violence seeping into the laws and everyday administration practices of the nation-state, and to assess the mechanisms of oppression and the various symptoms of contemporary fascism that are being presented as unavoidable, pragmatic necessities.” 

 

“It now becomes clear that consistency is not a property of a formal system per se, but depends on the interpretation which is proposed for it. By the same token, inconsistency is not an intrinsic property of any formal system.” 

 

“You’re not serious, don’t say serious 

Cause I say serious, you wanna get serious? 

Let’s get serious, you can’t act serious 

So don’t say serious about serious.” 

 

“If I decide to be an idiot, then I’ll be an idiot on my own accord” 

 

“I force myself to contradict myself, so as to avoid conforming to my own taste” 

 

“We adore chaos because we love to produce order.” 

 

“I’m terribly confused,” 

 

“All generalisations – perhaps except this one – are false.” 

 

“…a consistency proof for [any] system … can be carried out only by means of modes of inference that are not formalized in the system … itself.” 

 

“Contrariwise,….if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.” 

 

“Well, now that we have seen each other,” said the unicorn, “if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.” 

 

“Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love 

which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.”  

 

Derek Walcott