maanantai 23. syyskuuta 2013

New address

The url of the Rhizome blog has changed, the new url is:

Bringing Critical thinking into Life in the Academia - 1st session

The first session of "Bringing Critical Thinking into Life in the Academia" was held 19th September and what a great day we had! We organized groups that are going to produce amazing things during the year and professor Frank Furedi gave us an excellent lecture about critical thinking.

At you can find the group descriptions here is the wiki-platform for the workshop. There will bee all the materials from each session.

And by the way, we asked at the beginning of the day what everyone wanted to do during the workshop and what participants thought about critical thinking and this is what we got:

tiistai 3. syyskuuta 2013

Interview of Professor Ilsley

Professor Paul Ilsley got interviewed by Newshub just before the first Rhizome-meeting. You can listen the interview at

tiistai 30. heinäkuuta 2013

1-year Workshop on Critical Thinking in the Academia

Lämpimästi tervetuloa herättämään henkiin kriittistä ajattelua ja kollektiivisuutta yliopistossa!

HOW TO BRING CRITICAL THINKING INTO LIFE IN THE ACADEMIA is an international and multidisciplinary 1-year Workshop providing a unique opportunity to gain new understanding and foster critical thinking in teaching and research in the Academia.

The Workshop is built around enthusiastic, appraised and well-known guest lecturers who will provide presentations in various areas related to critical thinking. To involve all the participants in the process, dynamic group-work and non-formal ways of learning are used in addition. During the process participants will engage in the following questions:

- What does it mean to be critical in the Academia?
- What are the conditions that foster critical thinking?
- How can critical thinking be put into work in teaching and research?

To enroll, please send a 500 words description of your research and/or main interest to Katariina Mertanen ( by 16.8.2013. Please also explain why this Workshop is important to you and how you will engage with the whole process.


Session 1, 19th September 2013 - Critical Thinking as a Powerful Process

Opening Words - The Power of Critical Thinking
Docent Kristiina Brunila, University of Helsinki

Criticality as a Process
Docent Ulpukka Isopahkala-Bouret, University of Helsinki

Cultivating Intellectual Independence: Getting the balance right between knowledge and
analytical skills
Professor Frank Furedi, University of Kent

Session 2, 25TH Oc tober 2013 - Reading the World through Other Eyes

Ethical Internationalism in Higher Education: Diss ent, intelligibility and solidarity
Professor Vanessa de Oliveira, University of Oulu/University of Alberta &
Professor Lisa Taylor, Bishop's University.

Discussing Privilege. Challenges and Pitfalls
Professor Ina Kerner, Humboldt University

Session 3, 31ST January 2014 - Education, Knowledge and Power

What Might Foucault Teach Us about Teaching in Higher Education?
Professor Andreas Fejes, Linköping University

Reflections on Feminist Knowledge and Politics for Critical Thinking
Academy Fellow Researcher Johanna Kantola, University of Helsinki

Session 4, 4TH Ap ril 2014 - Pedagogical Encounters

The Spectacle of (De)Composing Data
Professor Liz Jones and Dr. Rachel Holmes, Manchester Metropolitan University

The Art of Deconstruction in Teaching
Professor Päivi Naskali, University of Lapland

Session 5, May 2014  - Bringing Critical Thinking into Life in the Academia
Presentations of the participants

Workshop sessions take place at Minervatori, Siltavuorenpenger 5 A, Helsinki. The final workshop takes place in Suomenlinna. All sessions begin at 10 am and last ‘till 3 pm.