Book Review of The Creative Underclass

Dr. Frances Howard, a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and course leader for the Youth Studies programme, has reviewed The Creative Underclass in Cultural Sociology. Howard is the convenor of BERA’s Youth Studies and Informal Education Special Interest Group. Of the book, she writes:

“For those who are interested in cultural policy and youth programmes, this book is an important awakening for those who uncritically accept the discourse of creativity as a force for good. This study destabilizes the taken-for-granted assumption about arts activities as ‘positive activities’ through which young people can ‘better themselves’. This book is a timely reminder that youth development programmes do not solve economic problems.”

Frances Howard “Cultural Sociology.” To read the full review in Cultural Sociology, click here. The pre-publication version can be read for free here.

Book Review of the Creative Underclass

The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and The Gentrifying City received a positive review from welcome insights by Professor Darlene Clover, University of Victoria, in the International Review of Education:

“[This] book is written in a personal, engaging style and peppered with conversations between Denmead and the youth who offer a sense of hope through their clever, observant and deeply cognizant understandings of structural injustice. . . . It is important reading for those working with youth, in urban centers and within the context of the ‘creative industry.'”

Darlene E. Clover “International Review of Education”

The review can be read here.

White Warnings

The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education has published three issues as a part of a collection on critical whiteness studies in visual art education. I am pleased to have an article included in this collection, titled “White Warnings.” In this article, I query the double bind in which white scholars reinvest in whiteness through critical reflexivity of whiteness itself. In the paper, I begin to theorise the need for white people to welcome embodied signals, or white warnings, that signal threat to one’s social and institutional standing and therefore point to the possibility of white divestment. The article is free to read on the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education website.

Best Lecturer at Cambridge

I am so excited to announce that I was voted the best lecturer at the University of Cambridge by students in 2019. Thank you so much to the students in the Arts, Creativity, and Education programme at the Faculty of Education who nominated me. The shortlist was created from more than 500 nominations made by students.

For more information about the Cambridge University Student Union Student-Led Teaching Awards, click here.

Tier Two Worker Remote Office

On March 15th and 16th, 2018, I staged a performance art piece titled Tier Two Worker Remote Office (#T2WRemoteOffice.) Through this performance, I addressed the precarious position of Tier 2 workers who risked deportation by participating in the largest industrial action in the history of the higher education sector. I wrote an article on the performance, which was published in the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. The accepted pre-published version can be read for free in the Cambridge repository here. I live tweeted the performance at #T2WRemoteOffice.

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