A co-operative art school? Flyer collage with plans of Conway Hall by Frederick Herbert Mansford, Conway Hall Humanist Library and Archives Digital Collections.

Bibliography for a co-operative art school


Bibliography for a co-operative art school

This bibliography covers topics that are relevant to the research project on Co-operative Art Education. For bibliographies and resources on alternative art education, radical pedagogy and self-organisation please navigate to the relevant pages via the right-hand sidebar.

Babias, Marius (2004). Subject production and political art practice. Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry Issue 9 (Spring/Summer 2004), pp. 101-109.

Bailey, Michael and Des Freedman eds. (2011). The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance. London: Pluto Press.

Barbagallo, Camille, Nicholas Beuret and David Harvie ed (2019).  Commoning with George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici. Pluto Press.

Benjamin, Walter (1996/1915). The Life of Students. In Selected Writings Volume 1, 1913-1926. Trans. Rodney Livingstone. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Bhandar, Brenna (2013). A Right to the University. LRB Blog.

Bollier, David and Silke Helfrich (2019). Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons. New Society Publishers.

Bollier, David and Silke Helfrich ed. (2015). Patterns of Commoning. Amherst: Commons Strategies Group and Off the Common Books. What accounts for the persistence and spread of “commoning,” the irrepressible desire of people to collaborate and share to meet everyday needs? How are the more successful projects governed? Surveys some notable, inspiring commons around the world, from alternative currencies and open design and manufacturing, to centuries-old community forests and co-learning commons.

Britton, Jack, Lorraine Dearden, Neil Shephard and Anna Vignoles (2016). How English domiciled graduate earnings vary with gender, institution attended, subject and socio-economic background. London: Nuffield Foundation.

Brown, Roger (2015). Marketisation of higher education: Issues and ironies. New Vistas Vol. 1/1 (Apr 2015), pp. 4-9.

Brown, Roger and Helen Carasso (2013). Everything for Sale?: The Marketisation of UK Higher Education. Abingdon: Routledge.

Catlow, Ruth and Penny Rafferty (2022). What is Radical Friendship made of? In Radical Friends: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations and the Arts, Ruth Catlow and Penny Rafferty ed. London: Torque Editions, pp. 26-46. Examines the potential of DAOs for reshaping value systems for interdependence and cooperation within the Arts.

Choi, Binna, Maria Lind, Emily Pethick, Natasa Petresin-Bachelez eds. (2014). Cluster: Dialectionary. London: Sternberg Press.

Clancy, Amy (2011).  Don’t Defend the University, Transform it! Stir To Action, 15 Aug 2011. Contextualises the Really Open University against the backdrop of HE reforms culminating in the Browne Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance (2009) and the student protests in defence of the publicy funded university that followed.

Collinson, Paul (2019). “An exciting time to be an artist in Hull.” – When Art School goes Feral. The Double Negative, 26 Jun 2019.

Cook, Dan (2013). Realising the Co-operative University: A consultancy report for The Co-operative College.

Co-operatives UK (2011). Simply Start-Up: A guide to the process of starting a Co-operative or Community Enterprise. Manchester: Co-operatives UK.

Co-operatives UK (2014). Multi-stakeholder Co-operative Model Rules. Co-operatives UK.

workers.coop (2023). Worker Co-operative Code, 3rd ed. workers.coop Limited.The purpose of the code is to help people set up, maintain and renew strong worker cooperative enterprises. It sets out what workers should expect, and work together to achieve, as members of a co-op. It’s designed to help people create and defend decent jobs, with a culture of equality and respect at work; where people benefit fairly from their labour, and take collective control of their working lives.

Crome, Keith and Patrick O’Connor (2016). Learning Together: Foucault, Sennett and the Crisis of the Co-operative Character. Journal of Co-operative Studies, 49/2 (Autumn 2016), pp. 30-42.  The authors argue that it is necessary co-operation not just as a skill, but a phronetic virtue. They address Richard Sennett’s account of the crisis of co-operation and Michel Foucault’s critique of post-Enlightenment education, which aspires to create autonomous learners and uses the Enlightenment values of transparency, instrumentalism and autonomy to create students that are isolated. Crome and O’Connor attempt to reconcile autonomy with an argument for the benefits of co-operative character: autonomy emerges from co-operation not from isolation. They provide a genealogy of Robert Owen’s early views about educational reform, highlighting the ambiguity of his proposals and legacy.

Cvejic, Bojana, Bojana Kunst and Stefan Hölscher (2016). Commons / Undercommons in art, education, work…  TkH Journal for Performing Arts Theory No. 23, (Apr 2016).

Davies-Coates, Josef (2014). Open Co-ops: Inspiration, Legal Structures and Tools. STIR magazine no.06 (Summer 2014).

Diller, Burgoyne and Harlan Phillips (1964). Oral history interview with Burgoyne Diller. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (Oct 1964).

Elzenbaumer, Bianca and Fabio Franz (2018). Footprint: A radical workers co-operative and its ecology of mutual support. ephemera: theory and politics in organization, Vol. 18/4: Alternative Organising special issue (Nov 2018), pp. 791-804.

Federici, Silvia (2019). Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons. Oakland: PM Press

Forkert, Kirsten (2006). Artistic and political autonomy, or the difficulty and necessity of organizing artists. Chto delat/What is to be done? When Artists Struggle Special Issue. Republished in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.

Freeman, Joreen (1972/1970). The Tyranny of Structurelessness. Second Wave vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-6.

Freire, Paulo (1996/1968). The Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum.

Graeber, David and Charles Eisenstein (2012). The New Edge of Radical Economics with David Graeber. Evolver Network event moderated by Daniel Pinchbeck. NYU Kimmel Center, New York, 22 Aug 2012.

Harney, Stefano (2009). Extreme neo-liberalism: an introduction. ephemera volume 9/4 (Nov 2009), The university of finance, pp. 318-329

Harney, Stefano and Fred Moten (2013).  Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study.  Wivenhoe: Minor Compositions.  

Harvey, Rebecca (2022). New federation planned for worker co-ops in the UK. Co-operative News (1 Jun 2022).  The Worker Co-op Council resolved to form a completely new and independent ‘federation of worker co-operatives, individual co-operators and supporters of industrial democracy’

Hartle, Johan (2018). Thinking About, Showing, Abolishing Work, or How Can Work Be Curated. In Constructing the World: Art and Economy, 2008-2018, Sebastian Baden ed. Kunsthalle Mannheim. (Cat)

Hebert, Stine and Anne Szefer Karlsen (2013). Self-Organised. Bergen: Open Editions.

Holmes, Brian (2006). The Artistic Device, or, the Articulation of Collective Speech. ephemera, vol. 6, no. 4 (Nov 2006), pp. 411-432.

Hulson, Marc and Esther Planas (2009). Five Years and its ‘Cooperative Post-Rhizomatic Free Association Politics of Self-Management’. Beta-Logical Inc. 

International Co-operative Alliance (1995). Statement on the Co-operative Identity. Brussels: International Co-operative Alliance.

Jorn, Asger (1995/1957). Notes on the Formation of the Imaginist Bauhaus. In The Situationist International Anthology. Berkley: Bureau of Public Secrets, pp. 23-24.

Kenning, Dean (2018). Art world strategies: neoliberalism and the politics of professional practice in fine art education. Journal of Visual Art Practice, Vol. 18/2 (2019), pp. 115-131.

Kracauer, Siegfried (1995). The Group as Bearer of Ideas. In Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays, Thomas Y. Levin ed.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, pp. 143-170.

Loomio (2016). Loomio Co-op Handbook. Aotearoa: Enspiral.

Lorusso, Silvio (2019). Entreprecariat. Eindhoven: Onomatopee 170.

McCallam, David (2020). University Now: A Provocation in Five Readings. Other Education Vol. 9 No. 2: Speaking Well (2020).

McGettigan, Andrew (2013). The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education. London: Pluto Press.

McLaughlin, Becky ed. (2017). Putting Theory into Practice in the Contemporary Classroom: Theory Lessons. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Meineche Hansen, Sidsel and Tom Vandeputte eds. (2015). Politics of Study. Occasional Table No. 5. Open Editions.

Molesworth, Mike, Elizabeth Nixon and Richard Scullion eds. (2011). Marketisation of higher education: the student as consumer. Abingdon: Routledge.

Moten, Fred and Stefano Harney (2004). University and the Undercommons: Seven Theses. Social Text 22/2 (Jun 2004), pp. 101-115.

Neary, Mike (2010). Student as producer: A pedagogy for the Avant-Garde; or, how do revolutionary teachers teach? Learning Exchange, Vol. 1(1).

Neary, Mike (2012). Student as producer: an institution of the common? [or how to recover communist/revolutionary science]. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences Vol. 4/3, pp. 1-16.

Neary, Mike (2019). Democracy and the Co-operative University. Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus, King’s College London, 5 June 2019.

Neary, Mike and Joss Winn (2012). Open education: common(s), commonism and the new common wealth. Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization, Vol. 12/4, pp. 406-422.

Neary, Mike and Joss Winn (2015). Beyond public and private: A model for co-operative higher education. socialsciencecentre.wordpress.com, 30 March 2015.

Neary, Mike and Joss Winn (2016). The University of Utopia. Post-16 Educator, Issue 84, pp. 13–15.

Neary, Mike and Joss Winn (2017). Beyond Public and Private: A Framework for Co-operative Higher Education. Open Library of Humanities, Vol. 3, Issue 2 (Jul 2017), pp. 1–36

Neary, Mike and Joss Winn (2017). Social Science Centre, Lincoln: the theory and practice of a radical idea. Roars Transactions, 5/1  (Dec 2017), pp. 1-12.

Neary, Mike and Joss Winn (2017). There is an Alternative: A report on an action research project to develop a framework for co-operative higher education. Learning and Teaching, Vol. 10/1, pp. 87–105.

Newman, Fred and Lois Holzman (1993). Lev Vygotsky: Revolutionary Scientist. London: Routledge.

Noble, Malcolm and Cilla Ross eds. (2019). Reclaiming the University for the Public Good: Experiments and Futures in Co-operative Higher Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Argues that the university is in crisis, accelerated by the passing of the UK Higher Education Research Act in 2017 and made visible during the University and College Union strikes in April 2018. In response, there are widespread demands to reclaim the university and protect education as a public good, using co-operative structures. This volume discusses a range of approaches to higher education and analyses how the future of the university can be recovered with examples of alternative higher education.

Papadimitropoulos, Vangelis (2017). Politics of the Commons: Reform or Revolt?  tripleC 15/2 (Jun 2017), pp. 565-583.

Past Tense (2016).  Stealing the Commons: A Brief Introduction to the Politics of Open Space, Enclosure and Resistance in London.  Past Tense.

Pehe, Veronika (2015). International Actions to Resist Commercialization of Education. www.politicalcritique.org, May 24, 2015.

Precarious Workers Brigade (2017). Training for Exploitation? Politicising Employability and Reclaiming Education. Foreword by Silvia Federici. London: Journal of Aesthetics & Protest.

Ranciere, Jacques (1991). The ignorant schoolmaster. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Radical Education Forum (2012). Radical Education Workbook. Radical Education Forum.

Reekie, Duncan (2005). Internalising the Other: the End of the London Film-Makers’ Co-op as an Artists’ Organisation – or, The Oyster and the Grit. Cultural Consecration and its Discontents: The Arts Council v. Artists’ Film and Video Organisations, 1975-present. Screen Studies conference, University of Glasgow, 3 July 2005.

Ridley, David (2017). Institutionalising critical pedagogy: Lessons from against and beyond the neo-liberal university. Power and Education, Vol.9(1) 2017, pp. 65-81.

Ridley-Duff, Rory and Mike Bull (2015). Understanding social enterprise: theory and practice, 2nd edition. London: Sage Publications.  The emergence of social enterprises has been an exciting and significant development in the economy. How should we understand the growing popularity of social enterprise and the wider social economy? Are alternative business models even more relevant in an uncertain business climate? Do they provide a robust response to periods of state ‘austerity’? How do social enterprises contribute to global initiatives to improve the sustainability and responsibility of the business community? Through discussion of theoretical and practical considerations and a wealth of learning features, this book focuses on the distinct pathways that social enterprises follow, critiquing the competencies and practices that contribute to a successful social economy. Explores how private, voluntary and public sector agencies engage the social economy, and how distinctive new forms have emerged from it. Examines the management of social enterprises in different contexts within the social economy. Access the limited preview, download the sample chapter (The Politics of Social Enterprise) and visit the companion website to access teaching materials, slides, case studies, further reading and resources.

Rijn, Ilse van (2011).  Community Art The Politics of Trespassing. Open! Platform for Art, Culture & the Public Domain, 18 Nov 2011.

Robey, Austin and Severin Matusek (2023). After The Creator Economy. Los Angeles, CA: Metalabel & Co-Matter. In fifteen years, will we still be asking people to like and subscribe? A limited-edition zine that explores imaginative futures beyond the current state of the “creator economy”. Explores constructive alternatives to produce, distribute, and monetize creative work online. Interviews with artists, thinkers and builders about creating a more collaborative, resilient, meaningful, and democratic online creative ecosystem.

Rudd, Tim and Ivor F. Goodson eds. (2016). Negotiating neoliberalism: developing alternative educational visions. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

Scholz, Trebor and Nathan Schneider (2016). Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet. New York & London: OR Books.

Scholz, Trebor (2016). Platform Cooperativism: Challenging the Corporate Sharing Economy. New York: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

Sealy Thompson, Tonika and Stefano Harney (2018). Ground Provisions. Afterall A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry Vol. 45 (Spring/Summer 2018).

Seeds for Change (2009). Organising Successful Meetings. Lancaster: Seeds for Change.

Seeds for Change (2010). Consensus Decision Making. Lancaster: Seeds for Change.

Seeds for Change (2010). Consensus Decision Making: A short guide. Lancaster: Seeds for Change.

Seeds for Change (2013). Setting up a workers co-op: A short guide. Lancaster: Seeds for Change.

Seeds for Change (2017). Quick Consensus Decision Making. Lancaster: Seeds for Change.

Seeds for Change (2018). Effective groups. Lancaster: Seeds for Change.

Seeds for Change (2019). Facilitating Meetings. Lancaster: Seeds for Change.

Seeds for Change (2019). Facilitation Tools for meetings and workshops. Lancaster: Seeds for Change.

Seeds for Change and Footprint Workers’ Co-operative (2015). How to set up a Workers’ Co-op. Leeds: Radical Routes.

Sennett, Richard (2012). Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation. New Haven: Yale University Press. Living with people who differ is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today. We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city. Sennett contends that cooperation is a craft, and the foundations for skillful cooperation lie in learning to listen well and discuss rather than debate. He explores how people can cooperate online, on street corners, in schools, at work, and in local politics. He traces the evolution of cooperative rituals and addresses the nature of cooperation, why it has become weak, and how it could be strengthened.

Serafini, Paula (2018). Performance Action: The Politics of Art Activism. New York: Routledge Studies in Political Sociology.

Shukaitis, Stevphen (2009). Imaginal Machines: Autonomy and Self-organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life. New York: Autonomedia.

Shukaitis, Stevphen (2019).  Cheese Stands Alone? REVIEW Association for Art History.

Shukaitis, Stevphen (2019). Combination Acts: Notes on Collective Practice in the Undercommons. Colchester: Minor Compositions.

Starhawk (2011). Empowerment Manual: A guide for collaborative groups. Gabriola Island: New Society Publishers.

Sussman R.W. and C.R. Cloninger ed. (2011). Origins of Altruism and Cooperation. Springer.

Swain, Harriet (2017). Coming soon, a university where students could set their own tuition fees. The Guardian, 12 Sep 2017.

Szefer Karlsen, Anne (2012). Self-organisation as Institution? Free School of Art Theory and Practice, Budapest, January 2013.

TBR, a-n and James Doeser (2018). Livelihoods of Visual Artists Report. London: Arts Council England.

Troncoso, Stacco and Ann Marie Utratel (2019).  DisCO Manifesto. Transnational Institute and Guerrilla Media Collective. DisCOs (Distributed Cooperative Organisations) are organisational tools and practices for groups of people who want to work together in ways that prioritize mutual support, cooperativism and care work. DisCOs focus on social and environmental work, exploring convergences between the Commons and P2P movements along with the world of cooperatives, feminist economics and the Social and Solidarity Economy. DisCOs are a counter-cultural alternative where commons principles meet feminist economics and where power becomes distributed. DisCOs are a P2P/Commons, cooperative and Feminist Economic alternative to Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs). Blockchain technologies evolve in line with the values of their creators and existing inequalities are reproduced when investments come from profit motivated corporations. DisCOs strive for radical workplace democracy. Unlike systems of incentives, penalties and secrecy, they are based on a language of trust and cooperation. DisCO Manifesto includes background information on topics like blockchain, AI, the commons, feminism, cooperatives, cyberpunk etc.

Troncoso, Stacco and Nathan Schneider (2019). If I Only Had a Heart: Accounting for Care Work in Organizations. Looks Like New, KGNU NEws, 18 Nov 2019. Too often, the necessary care work that generates and sustains our lives occurs at the margins of the economy, unaccounted for and under-recognized. Stacco Troncoso is a member of the Guerrilla Media Cooperative that is developing a new model—the Distributed Cooperative Organization (DisCO). It’s a set of organizational tools and practices for people who want to work together in a cooperative, commons-oriented, and feminist economic form. It’s also an alternative to the logic of blockchain-based Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, or DAOs. The DisCO Manifesto proposes a new model for organizations that account for the care work that supports workers and their communities. Troncoso explains how the model works and how it challenges norms, both in familiar workplaces and in techno-utopian visions.

union-coops:uk, Alex Bird, Pat Conaty, Cilla Ross, Simon Taylor and Anita Mangan (2019). A Manifesto for Decent Work. union-coops.uk. A union co-op is a fully unionised, worker co-operative, owned and controlled by those who own and work in it. Worker’s control, democracy and equality are built into the model which offers a solution to inequality and injustice both in and outside the workplace. This manifesto lays out the ideas behind union-co-operatives to show how unions and co-ops can work together. It offers a context for the need to consider new ways of thinking about unions and co-operatives. It describes the union co-op model and
how to set one up. Provides case studies showing how union co-ops work in practice. Concludes with a call to action for unions and co-operatives to come together and pilot a union co-op model in the UK.

Vishmidt, Marina (2014). All Shall Be Unicorns: About Commons, Aesthetics and Time. open! Platform for Culture, Art & The Public Domain.

Vygotsky, Lev (1986). Thought and Language. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Vygotsky, Lev (1997/1926). Educational Psychology. Boca Raton, Florida: St Lucie Press.

Wall, Derek (2017). Elinor Ostrom’s Rules for Radicals: Cooperative Alternatives beyond Markets and States. London: Pluto Press.

Winn, Josh (2015). Academic Labour and the Capitalist University: A critique of higher education through the law of value. PhD Thesis, School of Social and Political Sciences.

Winn, Joss (2015). Co-operative University: Labour, property and pedagogy. Power & Education, Vol. 7/1 (2015), pp. 39–55.

Woodin, Tom (2007). ‘Chuck out the teacher’: radical pedagogy in the community. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 26/1, pp. 89-104.

Woodin, Tom (2016). Co-operative education, neoliberalism and historical perspectives: the dilemmas of building alternatives. In Negotiating neoliberalism: developing alternative educational visions, T Rudd and IF Goodson, eds. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing, pp. 117-128.

Woodin, Tom and Michael Fielding (2013). Editorial. Co-operative Education for a New Age? Special Issue. FORUM Vol. 55/2 (2013), pp. 179-184.

Woodin, Tom ed. (2014). Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values: Contemporary issues in education. London: Routledge.

Yeo, Stephen (2014). The co-operative university? Transforming higher education. In Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values: Contemporary issues in education, Tom Woodin ed. London: Routledge.