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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On the concept of youth

My latest article in Studies in Art Education is a conceptual analysis of youth in visual art education. This paper will be particularly useful for scholars who are doing research with youth. I show how youth can be deployed discursively to frame, produce, and buttress arguments about the role of art education in society and the need for particular approaches to curriculum and instruction. My literature review is organized around four themes: Youth as (1) transition, (2) culture, (3) difference, and (4) image. In presenting these four themes, my aim is to support art education researchers as they extend, refine, clarify, and deepen their analysis in ways that have positive concrete effects on young people through art education. The article can be read here. The accepted pre-publication version can be read for free on the Cambridge repository.