Join us for the March meeting of the RSA Fellows’ Inequality in Education Network.
Our speaker for this session will be Professor Trevor Marchand, who will be showing and discussing his video, The Intelligent Hand. The video demonstrates, amongst other things, the high-order skills and intelligences that are involved in working with our hands. By opening up this area, Professor Marchand throws a sharp new light on the academic-vocational divide and opens up the possibilities of restructuring our thinking about education.
The Intelligent Hand introduces us to a first-year cohort of fine woodwork trainees at the Building Crafts College in Stratford, East London. Through the narratives of the course tutor and individual trainees, the film explores learning and skills, and investigates the synergy between brain, hand and the tools of our trades. Trainees discuss their motivations for taking up carpentry, the rewards and challenges they discover in working and problem-solving with body and mind in unison, and their hopes and aspirations for future life and work. The film is directed by Trevor H.J. Marchand and edited by Peter Durgerian. 2016 (21 minutes)
The video will be followed by a facilitated debate and discussion.
If you have any questions, please contact John Bayley FRSA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Fab Lab London, 1 Frederick's Place, EC2R 8AE
More about Trevor Marchand
Trevor Marchand was born in Montreal, Quebec. He is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, and is recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Rivers Memorial Medal (2014). He was trained as an architect (McGill), received a PhD in anthropology (SOAS), and qualified as a fine woodworker at London’s Building Crafts College (2007). During the past 25 years, Marchand has conducted fieldwork with craftspeople in Nigeria, Yemen, Mali, and London. His research has been supported by prestigious grants from the British Academy, the Economic & Social Research Council, SOAS, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Canadian International Development Agency. The motivation behind his research is to challenge popular ideas about the value and intelligence of skilled craftsmanship.
RSA Fellows' Inequality in Education Network
The network meets bi-monthly from 18:30 to 20:30. Our aim is to provide high quality presenters from the education or political worlds and use them to lead discussion on an aspect of the drivers of unequal outcomes in education in England. Please keep the following dates in the diary: 17 May, 12 July, 8 November – and keep an eye out in newsletters for more information.