Classroom in Crisis
Participants: Ahmet Ögüt, Jasmina Tumbas, Kristi Ockba, Maarin Ektermann
Conflicts and struggles in the field of creative education are at the core of determining what kind of subjectivities will shape the culture(s) of future generations. What is currently at stake across various spaces of learning and pedagogy? What are some possible emancipatory approaches to education today, which resist pressing commercial demands for flexible and “creative” subjectivities, in the face of cuts in state funding?
Ahmet Ögüt is a conceptual artist living and working in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He works with a broad range of media including video, photography, installation, drawing and printed media. In 2012, he initiated The Silent University, a solidarity-based knowledge exchange platform by displaced people and forced migrants.
Dr. Jasmina Tumbas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of Buffalo. She co-founded THE PUBLIC SCHOOL Durham in 2010, an independently operated learning community open to the public, where she taught classes on East European film, queer cinema, and contemporary art.
Kristi Ockba is an Estonian-Yemeni Humanitarian Aid Expert at Mondo in Tallin. Mondo is the largest Estonian non-profit organisation devoted to development cooperation, global education and humanitarian aid.
Maarin Ektermann is an art critic and the Head of Centre for General Theory Subjects at the Estonian Academy of Arts.