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Education is a vital component of any effort to organise action towards a more just society. In the midst of rapid and drastic technology-facilitated shifts in the production and transmission of knowledge that challenge the traditional categories of “teacher” and “learner”, social justice activists are experimenting with ways of incorporating digital media into the educational aspects of their work. Theories and practices of critical pedagogy and popular education can provide a valuable framework by emphasising not only what is radically new in the digital era, but also what tools we already have at hand for the synthesis of political action, education, and media arts. This interactive multimedia presentation looks at innovations coming from popular education practitioners in the United States working on a wide range of social issues, and encourages participants to reflect on the benefit of this work for their own practice in the Australian context.

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