This page lists resources which are inspirational, important or informative in the development of our free university.

Other free universities
Copenhagen Free University
Melbourne Free University
Free University of Ireland
Free University of San Francisco
Independent University of Moscow
Mess Hall
Université populaire de Caen
University for Strategic Optimism

Published pieces which have been an influence on our university’s development

A piece by Copenhagen Free University, which was the initial inspiration for the University Without Conditions

The inaugural lecture of the University for Strategic Optimism, held inside a newly nationalised UK bank in 2008

Derrida, Jacques (2000) ‘The university without conditions’ in Without Alibi, trans. Peggy Kamuf, pp. 202-237. Stanford: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-4411-4
In this piece, Derrida talks of how the university as a site of learning should be free to test all forms of existing knowledge, with no limits on what or how it can question and interrogate the world around us.  It also provided the working title for our university

Rancière, Jacques (1991) ‘An intellectual adventure’ in The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation, trans. Kristin Ross, pp. 1-18. Stanford: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-1969-1
Rancière suggests an alternative pedagogical model for education.  Rather than the traditional, top-down model preferred by our traditional education system, he advances an argument for self-directed learning, thus eschewing the hierarchical model currently popular in schools and universities, citing the ability of a young child to learn its native language without the apparent necessity of a teacher to impart the knowledge.

Potential course materials

Massachusetts Institution of Technology Open Course Ware
Khan Academy

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