Foucault News editorial comment: I was interested by the opening sentence of this piece in The Guardian and my thought was that Foucault actually should be brought precisely into these kind of arenas. I have observed that practitioners can really benefit from engaging with Foucault’s ideas and have their ideas about their professional practice considerably broadened. If nothing else, coming to grips with his ideas gives people’s brains a good workout in this era of obsession with brain training. Certainly more productive than endless sudoku in my view!
Stephen Hoare, City Unrulyversity: a pop-up education, theguardian.com, Tuesday 12 November 2013
Anyone expecting rows of eager postgrads critiquing philosopher Michel Foucault will think they have landed on Mars. City Unrulyversity is a new concept in higher education outreach, described as a “pop-up” and based at the Brick Lane offices of digital media company Unruly. Here, no one takes an attendance register and there are no assignments.
“It’s very informal. We pull together couches and bean bags, and you get a beer and crisps,” says Caroline Wiertz, co-founder of City Unrulyversity and reader in marketing at Cass Business School. [now Bayes Business School, updated 2021]
Launched at the start of 2013 with a mission to inform, inspire and empower the next generation of Tech City entrepreneurs, City Unrulyversity offers a programme of free, early-evening lectures.