How can you help the SSC?

We quite regularly get email from people who love the idea of the Social Science Centre and want to contribute in some way, but do not live in or near the city of Lincoln, where we’re based. There are a number of ways (in no particular order) that people can still get involved and contribute to our work wherever you happen to be:

  1. Give a public seminar at the SSC in Lincoln. We try to hold one event each month
  2. Write a blog post for our website that discusses the SSC, new models of higher education, etc.
  3. Invite us to give a talk where you are
  4. Join the SSC mailing list
  5. Join the SSC as a scholar or associate scholar
  6. Donate to the SSC if you can
  7. Consider how we can be included in formal research projects, grant proposals, etc.
  8. Involve us in creating your own local version of the SSC co-operative model for higher education
  9. Write a journal article, book chapter or blog post that critiques and helps develop the ideas and practices of the SSC
  10. Contact people in your own networks to make them aware of the SSC and how to help further the work of the SSC
  11. Offer legal, constitutional, financial, organisational advice
  12. Tell us about similar work that you’re doing, relevant news about alternative approaches to higher education, as well as criticisms and critiques you have of the SSC and similar projects.

However you’d like to contribute, do tell us by emailing

Thank you!

One thought on “How can you help the SSC?

  1. The work looks fascinating. Would you be interested in me doing a seminar on my new book, Distress in the City: racism, fundamentalism and a democratic education. I’ve pasted in details below:
    Racism, fundamentalism and a democratic education
    By Professor Linden West
    This book is a case study of a distressed post-industrial city, Stoke-on-Trent, in the English Midlands, struggling with various discontents. It draws on diverse auto/biographical narratives from people who live there to illuminate how racism, Islamophobia and Islamism take hold, rendering the city emblematic of wider problems across Europe and the world. Every day brings news about so-called Islamic State and its seduction of young people in the West. The radicalization of young Muslims causes alarm; even the desirability of multiculturalism is questioned in troubled cities where racism and Islamophobia are on the rise. Through Linden West’s holistic, psychosocial analysis – combining psychoanalytic insights with critical theory and the work of John Dewey – racism, Islamophobia and fundamentalism are understood by reference to growing inequality, mental illness and feelings of hopelessness. This in a context of fractured economies, malfunctioning democracies and the narrowing of education’s purpose. Vacuums have been created and get filled by racist groups like the BNP or EDL, or small pockets of Islamic fundamentalists. But Linden West also describes resources of hope in the city, such as experiments in democratic education, past and present, and working class struggle against Nazi fundamentalism in the 2nd World War – the concern for the other – that inspire civic education in schools and communities today.
    An extraordinary study of peoples’ lives and emotions…one of the resources of hope we need to pack in our rucksacks’ Professor Emeritus John Field
    ‘…this is at once a scholarly and immensely engaging work, leading the reader to a place of imagining new possibilities, based on civic renewal – a glimmer of hope in hard times’. Professor Molly Andrews
    ‘…this is a must-read for anyone alarmed at the spread of totalitarianism, the extension of racism and the loss of democracy’. Professor Stephen Brookfield
    See more at:
    If you would like to talk to the author about his new book, or are interested in an article on these topics, he can be contacted on; or phone 44 (0) 1227 782732; mobile 44 (0) 7764775684. If you would like a review copy, please contact Gillian Klein on, phone 44(0)20 8348 2174
    Linden West is Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

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