Viva! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas

Viva! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas

Prof. Deborah Barndt, York University, Toronto

Date: Thursday 5 October 2017, 2-4pm

Location: Room B406 Checkland Building
University of Brighton, Falmer Campus

Deborah Barndt photo

Toronto based artist and environmental and community activist, Professor emerita Deborah Barndt will give a Community- University Partnership (CUPP) seminar reflecting on a number of collaborative, longterm popular education projects, using innovative creative tools such as digital photo stories, documentary photography and collaborative video.

The main focus of this session will highlight Deborah’s efforts to create settler-indigenous dialogue around food sovereignty across the Americas, and includes an overview of three different photographic approaches to food issues she has pioneered:

1) Documentary photography and photo-stories as central to the Tangled Routes research on food chains in the 1990s

2) Digital photo-stories developed by her students in collaboration with local food organizations in the 2000

3) Video and multi-media platforms as research, education and action tools for food sovereignty

Part of the 2017 documentary Cross-Pollinators: Food Legacies from Earth to Table, from Deborah’s current Legacies project, will be screened.

Until 2014, Deborah was professor in the Environmental Studies program at York University, Toronto, where she developed the postgraduate Community Arts Practice program. She has authored many books, including Tangled routes: women, work and globalization and is editor, amongst other books, of Wild Fire: Art as Activism, and Viva: Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas and continues to exhibit, collaborate and write. Further info here:

Deborah will be introduced by Julia Winckler, University of Brighton, who has studied with Deborah and collaborated on a foto-novella at the Canadian Multilingual Literacy Centre in Toronto. Session moderated by David Wolff, CUPP.

The event is open to all and everyone is welcome. To book please RSVP to


Postgraduate Welcome Event

We are ready to welcome all students in the Digital Media, Culture and Society MA, PGDip, PGCert programmes on Tuesday 26th September, in our Moulsecoomb campus, at 10am for our postgraduate induction event. For details, have a look at the Induction poster 2017.

The morning will include:

Introduction and welcome by the Course Leader, an outline of modules by module leaders, Library induction by our Information Advisors, & course admin info by the School Office.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!