BRIDGES Summer School

29 June 2021- 26 July 2021 (completed)

Monday-Thursday, 15:00-18:30 (Timetable below)

Online (if conditions allow, local group meetings may occur)

Free (maintenance and transport to be covered by the participant)

You will need a Miro account

English for international communication (chat translation if needed)

Workload: 75 hours, equivalent to 3 ECTS credits.

Description Introduction and driving questions

Is it possible to decolonize education? How can we diversify the production and reproduction of knowledge? How to transform the university and other learning spaces in order to dismantle structural racism? How to struggle against discrimination within the university from a critical, feminist and intersectional perspective? Which are the everyday practices and mechanisms that, in classrooms, reproduce the social inequalities that also occur outside of them? What pedagogical tools and strategies can we use to produce radical interventions within these spaces?

Through the alliances between various universities and feminist and anti-racist civil society organisations, the Bridges Summer School Building Solidarities – Feminist and Anti-Racist Practices in Higher Education aims at experimenting with, and promoting, feminist and anti-racist pedagies to transform spaces of Higher Education.

Objectives Goals of the course
  • To provide the tools to analyse the mechanisms and conditions of institutional inequality that are produced and reproduced within Higher Education.
  • To explore and deepen our undertsanding of key theories, concepts and practices related to anti-racist and feminist struggles.
  • To experiment with, and put into practice, pedagogical methods and strategies that challenge racism and discrimination within and outside the classroom.
  • To promote participants’ role as agents of change within Higher Education Institutions.
Methodologies Research and Action processes for the participant

The BRIDGES Summer School is inspired by the Participatory Action Research (PAR) framework of BRIDGES, being facilitated by activists from Higher Education Institutions and Civil Society Organisations. Participants will work collaboratively in online formats (or hybrid, if local contexts’ conditions allow for it). It will take place through synchronous online meetings, asynchronous participation on online platforms, independent learning, and will involve the development of a group project.

Participants will be asked to critically and actively engage with the content previously produced by the BRIDGES consortium, and to develop a group project which would further develop some aspects of the Summer School curriculum. Each group working on a project will be accompanied by local PAR members, who will provide for guidance and support throughout. Each group project will then be presented to the whole group of participants to encourage feedback and mutual learning. Finally, participants will be expected to participate in a collective evaluation of the BRIDGES Summer School, in order to provide feedback that can be incorporated into future versions of the course.

Content Course blocks and activities
The course is structured around three main thematic blocks and a set of transversal activities:
Timetable Days and times of activities
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June 28 29 30 1 2 Previous
15:00-16:30   Meeting
Course Presentation
  Technical Checkup
(if needed)
17:00-18:30     Open Doors 1:
Internal selection of the group project
      Previous A + B  
July 5 6 7 8 9 1st week
15:00-16:30 Slot 1
Theory Workshop: Map
Slot 3
Academic Carousel
Slot 4
Crisis as Appearance
Slot 6
Picnic: Theory Workshop
17:00-18:30 Slot 2
Slot 5
Photography workshop
Space of Caring    
  Open Space Venue (virtual)  
July 12 13 14 15 16 2nd week
15:00-16:30 Slot 8
Pedagogy of the Alliance
Slot 9
Embodied Theory Workshop
Antiracist Tour
Draft Conversation
Groups Presentation
17:00-18:30 Open Doors 2:
Meeting groups with facilitators
Slot 10
Ex. Test Worksheets and the dangers
Collaborative Assessment of the course    
  Open Space Venue (virtual)