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Fifth Symposium on Social Learning Space: Knowledge Spaces

Westwood Campus, University of Warwick
29 March 2010 00:00

The Fifth Symposium on Social Learning Space: Knowledge Spaces
'Knowledge spaces are the thick social spaces through which truth, knowledge and power are created' (Sarah Wright, 2005: 908)

Following the success of the previous four Space Symposia, Knowledge Spaces addresses the role of architecture, spatial planning and the use of different spaces in the construction and experience of curricula and pedagogy in Higher Education. The symposium will address the question of how the spaces we create, occupy and challenge, both within the university and beyond it, affect what and how we know, as well as considering who plays what roles in the process of knowledge creation and communication. In particular, the symposium will explore:

  • the landscapes of learning in Higher Education
  • the use of 'real life' spaces such as urban, public, employment and community settings for the development and enactment of curricula and assessment
  • the relationship between physical classroom spaces and different pedagogical approaches
  • the role of university buildings and curricula in shaping pedagogical and political relations between students and staff

The event offers an exciting and diverse programme of keynote lecture(s), participatory workshop(s) and an interactive research exhibition.
Confirmed speakers and workshop leaders:

  • Professor Mike Neary, University of Lincoln
  • Professor Jonothan Neelands, Institute of Education, University of Warwick
  • Oscar van den Wijngaard and Wilfred van Dellen, University College Maastricht
  • Dr Sarah Czerny and Students, University of Rijeka, Croatia.

Contributions are invited for the research exhibition, in the form of posters, artistic or photographic exhibits, or any other formats which can be reasonably accommodated.  Centres for Excellence in teaching and Learning (CETLs) and other projects which have developed new or renewed spaces in recent years are particularly encouraged to use the exhibition as a forum for sharing information about the creation, occupation and impact of their space and spatial interventions.

Deadlines for contributions to the research exhibition:
Monday 15 February 2010 - Summary of intended contribution and description of media
Friday 19 March 2010 - Submission of final poster/ artwork


The cost of the conference is £75 for waged delegates and £10 for students.

Online registration will be available by 1 February 2010 via this web page:

If you would like to be notified when registration is open or you have any queries please send an email to:  or
telephone Sumila Bhandari on 024 76575125

Contact Name:
Sumila Bhandari
Contact Telephone:
024 76575125
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