UP—Reader is a new format developed as a continuation of the Urgent Pedagogies project and online platform from autumn 2022. ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ 

Urgent Pedagogies Reader.




Welcome to the UP—Reader

First UP—Reader cover.

[1] UP—Reader 001.AN cover: Formal and Informal Learning Environments at IASPIS December 2019. Photo: courtesy of IASPIS. [2] Background Image: Mardin postgraduate architecture students gathering, Gelîyê Godernê/Lice, Turkey. Photo: David Harvey, 2015


The UP—Reader is a new format developed as a continuation of the Urgent Pedagogies project and online platform from autumn 2022.


This occasional reader brings readings and select announcements directly to your inbox. It presents and disseminates content from the Urgent Pedagogies (UP) archive as well as new texts, interviews, comments, reflections and work published outside the UP project with the aim to broaden the platform as a space for sharing knowledge and experience.

UP—Reader is organised as six distinct series, Conversations initiates interviews and dialogues with and between practitioners and thinkers to highlight and discuss current and historical pedagogical practice and theory. Some Notes invites guest contributors to write brief responses consisting of notes and reflections on pieces in the Urgent Pedagogies (UP) archive. Also Reading shares texts, research and work published outside the UP project, and functions to comment on or broaden dialogue around concerns related to the practices among the UP network. From the Archive re-surfaces pieces that have previously been published as part of UP Issues. Events communicates events organised within the UP project such as Issue launches, conversations, workshops, and seminars hosted by IASPIS. Announcements gathers select events, open calls, courses, and other forms of study and engagement from the UP community.

Urgent Pedagogies is a project that focuses on the role of alternative pedagogy and spaces for knowledge production in relation to how socially engaged critical spatial practice may act in response to the urgencies of social justice and equality, contested territories, and conditions of conflict. It aims to serve as a common resource, bringing together practitioners and researchers from a plurality of contexts, experiences, and backgrounds to be in dialogue with and think together. The project has developed through a series of public events, online presentations, interviews, conversations, commissioned texts, and an evolving online archive where practice and theory are in dialogue. Practitioners, researchers, and thinkers have been invited to contribute with different perspectives and reflections on contemporary struggles that are always already entangled with uneven histories, sharing experiences from practices that span the institutional, to self-organised, collective, and activist initiatives.

Contributions (to this date) include Sepake Angiama, Markus Bader, Joseph Grima, Sandi Hilal, Onkar Kular, Peter Lang, Tor Lindstrand, Mark Wigley, Merve Gül Özokcu, Alessandro Petti, Marie-Louise Richards, Elof Hellström, Jess Myers, Joar Nango, Adélie Pojzman-Pontay, Henric Benesch, Katya Sander, Socrates Stratis, Mauricio Corbalan, Pio Torroja, Ana Džokić, Marc Neelen, Ana María León, Andrew Herscher, Michael Leung, Maria do Mar Castro Varela, Saphira Shure, Tom Holert, Joana Zatz Mussi, Cibele Lucena, Silvia Franceschini, Yelta Köm, Nishat Awan, Ignacio G. Galán, Christine Tohmé, Ola Hassanain, Anna Colin, Ou Ning, Gustavo Esteva, Munir Fasheh, Miguel Robles Duran, David Harvey, Marie Hélène Pereira and Amalia Katopodis.

Urgent Pedagogies is initiated and organised by IASPIS, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Arts. The project is developed and pursued by Magnus Ericson, Head of Applied Arts, IASPIS, responsible for the design, crafts and architecture programme at IASPIS, and Pelin Tan, Senior Researcher of the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research, Boston and Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Batman University, Turkey. 

IASPIS is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual and Applied Arts. Its mission is to work with internationalisation with the aim of increasing and developing contacts between Swedish artists and international institutions, fellow artists, the general public, and the markets, contributing to artistic development and improved working opportunities.

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