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  • The Strike Chronicles
    February 23rd, 2018

    Daily newsletters:
    The Strike Chronicle Day 1
    The Strike Chronicle Day 2
    The Strike Chronicle Day 3
    The Strike Chronicle Day 4
    The Strike Chronicle Day 5
    The Strike Chronicle Day 6
    The Strike Chronicle Day 7
    The Strike Chronicle Day 8
    The Strike Chronicle Day 9
    The Strike Chronicle Day 10
    The Strike Chronicle Day 11
    The Strike Chronicle Day 12
    The Strike Chronicle Day 13

    This is a schedule of some forthcoming events around the UCU Pension Strike at UCL and the Bartlett.

    For more details see


    And for the Bartlett School of Architecture

    Mon 26 Feb
    9am-12: outside 22 Gordon Street
    strike-writing & sign-making
    Join us to write and read words from strikes and picket lines past, present and future. Bring your favorite quotes and poems and songs to read aloud, and writing implements to pen and tweet your own strike-writing.
    This will run in parallel with a sign-making session.

    UCL UCU: Demonstration, Tavistock Square

    Followed at 2pm a teach-out, organised by UCL History (Paul Mason, Catherine Hall and others)
    the Building Centre in Store Street

    Tue 27 Feb
    10am-12: 22 Gordon Street
    hedge schools and other forms of transformative pedagogy.
    Join us to talk radical pedagogy, civic education and teaching to transgress!

    1-3pm: Tuesday 27 Feb, UCL UCU, 52 Gower St.
    David Graeber will be teaching-out followed by discussion.
    David is author of Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011); The Democracy Project (2013); The Utopia of Rules (2015); and the eagerly awaited: Bullshit Jobs, A Theory.

    Wed 28 Feb
    9am-12: 22 Gordon Street

    BREAK//LINE will present their the union banner and manifesto, and talk about developing critiquing the trespass of capital into practice and pedagogy.

    We are keen to reach out to design staff and students. So anyone with a project relating to the themes of the strike – inequality, precarity, debt, intergenerational equity, …. P

    Please come along to a crit which will take place inside at the front of the foyer and on the street.

    Current PhD students will talk from the street about themes civic pedagogy, participatory and performative practice relating to their research located inside the building in the PhD show.

    Take up a position wherever you feel comfortable.

    12 noon:
    March for Education: Back Pension & Pay Strikes
    Assemble Malet St, London WC1E 7HY.

    Thur 1 March (a non-strike day)
    IAS Talking Points seminar with Professor Mary Rawlinson (Stony Brook University) will be speaking on ‘Intergenerational Generativity – Toward a Feminist Ethics of Life.’
    6-8pm in the IAS Common Ground; for more information see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/ias-events/ias-talking-points-intergenerational-generativity-toward-a-feminist-ethics-of-life

    Events coming up

    Monday 5th March 2018
    From 07:30 – picketing at the Quad entrance on Gower Street. The forecast is for warmer weather next week but it will be very cold in the mornings so please wrap-up warm.
    8:30 – 9:30 – a delegation will go to lobby the UCU / UUK talks facilitated by ACAS at RIBA HQ, 66 Portland Place.
    12:00 – 13:30 strike meeting at Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street , London WC1B 3LS

    Tuesday 6th March 2018
    From 07:30 – picketing at the Quad entrance on Gower Street. The forecast is for warmer weather next week but it will be very cold in the mornings so please wrap-up warm.
    11:00 – 12:00 Teach Out by UCL Laws on Blacklisting at 11am-12pm at the 52 Club, 52 Gower Street. All UCL UCU members and UCL students welcome.
    12:00 – 13:00 strike meeting, 52 Club, 52 Gower Street
    13:00 – 13:50 Teach Out with Tariq Ali, 52 Club, 52 Gower Street. All UCL UCU members and UCL students welcome.

    Wednesday 7th March 2018
    From 07:30 – picketing at the Quad entrance on Gower Street. The forecast is for warmer weather next week but it will be very cold in the mornings so please wrap-up warm.
    12:00 – 13:00 strike meeting, 52 Club, 52 Gower Street
    13:00 – 14:50 Teach Out Caring for the City (Mike Edwards convening). Convened by Just Space, this session will have presentations and discussion on participation in planning, housing, food security, environment, as part of a new radical London Plan. ucljustspace.wordpress.com @justspace7 at 52 Club, 52 Gower Street. All UCL UCU members and UCL students welcome.

    Thursday 8th March 2018 International Women’s Day
    From 07:30-picketing at the Quad entrance on Gower Street. The forecast is for warmer weather next week but it will be very cold in the mornings so please wrap-up warm.

    10.00–: 22 Gordon St. #BodyPolitic workshop
    On International Women’s Day, Thursday 8th March, Clare Farell and Miles Glyn of #BodyPolitic will join The Bartlett picket line at 22 Gordon street to host a special Solidarity-Complexity workshop.
    #BodyPoltic works to encourage and facilitate others to use their bodies as a space for creative response and positive resistance; through workshops, and the re-use and re-purposing of clothing and materials.
    Join #BodyPolitic at 10 am on 8th March to turn your body into space for EXPRESSION/DEMONSTRATION on 8th March. Bring your favourite or LEAST favourite jacket/garment– no further materials required.”

    12:00-13:00 strike meeting, 52 Club, 52 Gower Street

    13:00-14:45: Feminist teach-out, at 52 Club, 52 Gower Street. All UCL UCU members and UCL students welcome.
    This feminist teach-out, (Ben Campkin convening), opens up space to bring together UCL researchers, educational practitioners and activists who are addressing precarity, inequality and protest in relation to gender and through intersectional approaches.
    Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite: Women on the picket line in the miners’ strike of 1984-5
    Justine Canady, Women’s Officer at UCLU: Current campaigns and activities at UCL
    Bella Webb and Alizay Agha: Our Bodies: Sexual Assault & Harassment on Campus
    Laura Marshall and Ben Campkin: LGBTQ+ night-spaces & safer spaces for women in London, from 1986 to the present
    Sarabajaya Kumar: Intersectionality: the birth of a new non-profit organisation and our agenda for action
    Maria McLintock: Between the picket lines
    Miranda Critchley: Yarl’s Wood hunger strikers
    Open Mic: if you would like to make a contribution to this event, through a reading, talk, poem, etc. please let us know at the start as there may be space in the programme.

    Friday 9th March
    13:00-14:00 formal EGM meeting next week to consider the progress of the dispute. Venue TBC. All UCL UCU members welcome.

    UCU Pension Strike, Week 4, Teach-outs at the Bartlett and around the UCL Campus
    Mon 12 March
    9am-12: 22 Gordon Street Picket

    10am: Museums & UCL: Teach-out.
    Outside 22 Gordon Square (the entrance to STS). 
    Join us to discuss the crucial roles played by museums at UCL! Speakers include: Dr. Chiara Ambrosio (Science & Technology Studies), Dr. Georgina Brewis (Education, Practice & Society), Dr. Emily Dawson (Science & Technology Studies), Dr. Emma Richardson (History of Art), Dr. Marquard Smith (Culture, Communication & Media) and Dr. Alice Stevenson (Institute of Archaeology).

    1-3pm: UCL UCU, Club 52, 52 Gower St.
    Teach-out: Still the Enemy Within? Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners with Nicola Field, Mike Jackson and Mike Simons. (Ioanna facilitator)

    3-4pm: Teach-out by Stephen Marshall and Daniel Fitzpatrick (Bartlett School of Planning)
    The Anthropology Pedagogy Gazebo, Outside 14 Taviton Street
    The City as a Network of Learning: Reviving A Pattern Language for the Smart App age?
    In his classic book A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander and coauthors imagined the city as a ‘Network of Learning’, weaving education into the physical and social fabric of urban life. Here we revisit and reimagine these ideas in the age of the Smart App, asking how (where, and by whom) such a network of learning could be created today.
    Tue 13 March
    9am-12: 22 Gordon Street

    10am: teach-out on Housing with Anna Minton, author of Ground Control (Penguin, 2009) and Big Capital (2017) and Harvi Chera (UCL Cut the Rent Campaigner).

    11am: teach-out: Art/Histories of Protest
    (Art) Histories of Protest
    UCL History of Art Teach-Out
    Tuesday, March 13
    11 to noon
    20 Gordon Square

    Mignon Nixon, “Let the Pants Fall Where They May”
    Marta Zboralska, “WE ARE NOT SLEEPING”
    Bob Mills, “Why University Strikes are Positively Medieval”
    Johannes von Müller (The Warburg Institute), “The Art of Throwing a Stone”
    Maria Mileeva, “Art and Hooliganism in Putin’s Russia”
    Stephanie Schwartz, “The Time of Protest”
    Tamar Garb, “Rhodes Must Fall”

    *From 9:30 to 11 am please come and add your image of protest to the gallery we will erect across from Gordon Square. This can be a work of art that is itself a protest, a portrayal of strike or protest, or visual culture associated with a historical protest movement. String and tape for installing images will be provided.*

    1-3 possible teach-out on EU migrants in HE and beyond – venue/facilitator tbc

    Wed 14 March
    9am-12: 22 Gordon Street

    10am: rubber-stamping workshop with illustrator Judit Ferencz.

    11am: University/Interrupted: a creative workshop on the affective impact of striking led by Claire Tunnacliffe (Bartlett) & Jade French (QMUL)

    Noon: London Region UCU demonstration to Parliament.
    See https://uculondonregion.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/education-demo-2/
    Assemble: Malet Street London WC1E 7HY at 12noon.

    Thur 15 March
    9am-12: 22 Gordon Street

    9.30am: Some thoughts out on the counter economics of the strike (Peg Rawes, Bartlett School of Architecture)

    Morning – UCL Laws – ‘What is Modern Slavery?’ Virginia Mantouvalou with Kate Roberts, Head of the Human Trafficking Foundation (venue tbc).

    1-3pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower St.
    Teach-out hosted by UCL Dept of the Americas, Josh Hollands convening, with Bernard Coard (Grenadian politician, teacher and critic of institutional racism; helped draft the communist Worker’s Liberation League manifesto in Jamaica). (Venue tbc)
    3-4:30pm, UCL Anthropology (14 Taviton Street)

    Universities as sites of power and resistance: a view from the Global South
    This event focuses on universities as political actors in contested societies. Our attempt is to highlight the ways in which universities function as sites of state power and violence as well as sites of resistance. 
    Chair: Dr. Barbara Lipietz, Bartlett Development Planning Unit

    Prof. Vanessa Watson School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town
    Dr. Catalina Ortiz, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, Public Universities as enclaves of critical dialogue in the Colombian peace making process
    Prof. Haim Yacobi, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, Israel/Palestine: Universities, Militarism and Colonialism in the Occupied Territories

    Fri 16 March
    9am-12: 22 Gordon Street

    9am-1pm: Crit-Out: BSc Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies, Project X

    10am: Strike Chronicle collective write-out.

    1-3pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower St.
    Teach-out: Governance, Ethics, Divestment
    Speakers tbc but to include Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL Political Science), Sherrill Stroschein (UCL Political Science), Jane Holder (UCL Laws), Jane Rendell (Bartlett School of Architecture), Diana Salazar (Development Planning Unit), Julia Schaff (UCL Fossil Free).