Antiuniversity Now!

Alternative education programme

Agile City is interested in education models that tackle the traditional teacher/student relationship within institutions. Whether it’s about the curriculum itself, a collective way of doing or the openness of the institution, we will be sharing some initiatives in this series of posts. Here we’re looking at:


A collaborative experiment to revisit and reimagine the Antiuniversity of 1968 in a weekend of events inspired by the spirit, people and activities of the Antiuniversity of East London. The festival challenges academic hierarchy through an open invitation to teach and learn any subject, in any form, anywhere.
The ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW! festival took place on 20-22 November 2015 in a wide range of venues across the UK and is open to everyone. You can have a look at the programme here

“Everyone’s a teacher, everyone’s a student, everyone’s welcome!”

The Antiuniversity was a movement in the late 1960s based in Shoreditch, East London. It included iconic figures such as C.L.R James, John Latham, Juliet Mitchell, R.D. Laing and Stuart Hall, who wanted to break the structures forced by institutions such as schools, universities and hospitals. It wanted to allow people to meet each other without having to act out socially prescribed roles, believing that this would expose the reality of modern life, in which nobody really knew anyone, and spark a revolution.

A workshop organized by altMFA – Aternative Master of Fine Arts Course in London, 2015


Hello Nuclear Power Station! – Walk and Drawing Exchange hosted by the Department of Divination and Walking to discuss the present and future of the nuclear power station’s surroundings.


Window Farming at Palace Court – Introductory Workshop & Discussion hosted by Lydia Heath for NIASH


If you’ve already participated in one or some of these educational programmes or if you know of any other programmes that use a different method with a similar purpose, or even better, if you invented one of these programmes and want to share your opinion on it please get in touch via [email protected] or in the comment section.