Communes, commonism and co-ops: rethinking the university as a hackerspace

My abstract for the British HCI conference 2015 at the University of Lincoln. I'm on the 'HCI, politics and activism' panel. In this talk I reflect on the history of hacking and its origins in the 'commune' of the academy (Winn, 2013). I then discuss the role of Copyleft licenses (Stallman, 2010) as "the practical … Continue reading Communes, commonism and co-ops: rethinking the university as a hackerspace

A Short History of Hacking: Values and principles for co-operative higher education

My keynote talk for Newcastle College's Student as Producer conference, March 27th 2015.  Thank you for inviting me here today to contribute to your student conference. It's a real privilege and luxury to be able to spend the day with you and to learn about all the great work you're doing. Last year, my friend Prof. Mike Neary … Continue reading A Short History of Hacking: Values and principles for co-operative higher education

The university as a hackerspace (‘Friction’ conference)

A paper for ‘Friction: An interdisciplinary conference on technology & resistance‘, University of Nottingham, Thursday 8th May & Friday 9th May. In a paper published last year, I argued for a different way of understanding the emergence of hacker culture. (Winn 2013) In doing so, I outlined an account of ‘the university’ as an institution … Continue reading The university as a hackerspace (‘Friction’ conference)

‘The university as a hackerspace’: Can interventions in teaching and learning drive university strategy?

I have been invited to the Jisc Digital Festival this year as an 'expert speaker'. Here is the abstract of my talk. It reflects on Jisc-funded projects I have led at Lincoln and introduces a new initiative I am working on to develop a Masters level research degree, codenamed: 'The university as a hackerspace'. The … Continue reading ‘The university as a hackerspace’: Can interventions in teaching and learning drive university strategy?

Hacking in the University: Contesting the Valorisation of Academic Labour

In this article I argue for a different way of understanding the emergence of hacker culture. In doing so, I outline an account of ‘the university’ as an institution that provided the material and subsequent intellectual conditions that early hackers were drawn to and in which they worked. I argue that hacking was originally a … Continue reading Hacking in the University: Contesting the Valorisation of Academic Labour

Student as Producer is hacking the university

With Dean Lockwood This chapter discusses the Student as Producer project at the University of Lincoln and provides two case studies of how Student as Producer is infiltrating quite different areas of university life. The first discusses Student as Producer in the context of Deleuze and rhizomatic curriculum design, while the second looks at how … Continue reading Student as Producer is hacking the university