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Public Pedagogy and Sustainability Challenges: Activism, Action, and Change

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Maynooth University

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Third “Public pedagogy and sustainability challenges” international network meeting will be held in Maynooth University, Ireland. 27-29/11, 2018. Maynooth University will host this exciting meeting over four days from 27th to the 29th in collaboration with Ghent University Centre for Sustainable Development

It includes a number of public lectures and discussion that you are cordially invited to attend. Please indicate what speaker you wish to attend. For more details please visit


Tuesday 27th 14.30 - 17.30 Ailbhe Smyth is an Irish academic and feminist activist. She has been involved in many campaigns, including equal marriage and pro-choice campaigns, since the 1970s. In May 2018, a referendum was held in Ireland to repeal the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution. This constitutional clause meant that there was a near-total ban on abortion by stipulating an equal right to life for both foetus and pregnant woman. An overwhelming majority of voters chose to change the country's restrictive abortion laws by repealing the amendment. Ailbhe was one of the driving forces behind the Together for Yes campaign. This case exemplifies Ireland’s dramatic change over the last years and is as such an example of the kind of radical and fundamental societal change that we have discussed in the network. The activism and actions that were organised, can be discussed as practices of public pedagogy. The Yes campaign organised itself as a grassroots social movement, travelling the whole country arranging countless public meetings, and door to door tactics. Ailbhe will share her experiences of organising this social movement.

Wednesday 28th 9.00 - 11.30 Heila Lotz-Sisitka is a distinguished Professor and SARChI Chair on ‘Global Change and Social Learning Systems’ at the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University. She will address the topic of ‘Public pedagogy and sustainability challenges: Activism, Action, and Change’ from a Southern African perspective, drawing on her research expertise and wide experience with grassroots movements and education practices. The issues and practices she discusses will challenge us to think about the connections and tensions between concerns for (public) pedagogy, activism, action and change in the face of address far-reaching, urgent and tangible sustainability problems.

Thursday 29th 09.00 - 11.00 Glenn Loughran is an Artist and a Lecturer in Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Creative Arts and Media (DIT). He is also programme director of the B.A in Visual Art (B.A.V.A) on Sherkin Island. Being both an educator, working within the framework of informal education, and an artist, working within the framework of Participatory Art, his work explores the relation, differences and potential cross-fertilisation of artistic and education practices in the face of sustainability issues.

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