About Teaching to Transgress

Over the past ten years, tendencies towards polarisation and discrimination in the wider society have had a perceptible influence on attitudes and behaviours within education with forceful impacts on inclusive learning and teaching in our classrooms.

In attempts to meet these threats to diversity and pedagogical inclusivity we identify the pressing need to respond to these political and social issues. Intersectionality asserts that oppressions (based in racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, etc.) are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another. Critical intersectional feminist pedagogies have, by now, been proven to provide valuable conceptual and practical tools with which to focus on inclusivity. This is particularly true in the field of art, where teaching is known to be open to devising and applying new critical frameworks, tools of analysis and creative practices. Read more about TTTToolbox.

Teaching To Transgress Toolbox* is a no-credit collective research and study programme on critical pedagogy using artistic tools based on peer-learning and collective research. The whole project runs for two years (2019-2021). The actual study programme is structured in four one-week workshops during 2020 and is developed transnationally by three European art schools, erg in Brussels, HDK/Valand in Göteborg and ISBA in Besançon. It is funded by Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Grant.

*The title is inspired by bell hooks’ book Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom.

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Upcoming events

Teresa Cisneros: Undoing the institution: (a person at a time)


«What does it mean for a body like mine to be inside the belly of the beast? What do I expect from it and what does it expect from me? In this conversation, I will be exploring my role as an administrator employed to think about and create ‘change’ to make institutions more equitable and just – thinking through the power of policy and behavioural change.» @ erg, rue du Page 87, 1050 Brussels The talk will be streamed online. More...


Tour de Pronom


This presentation and workshop for teachers, administrators and technicians at the art school Villa Arson will introduce why it is important to do pronoun rounds how to facilitate them and how to take care of it afterwards in order to create a more inclusive classroom.@ Villa Arson, 20 Avenue Stephen Liegeard, 06105 Nice


Restitution TTTT


A public conversation inviting teachers and students from various schoold in France and beyond to a 3-day seminar Pédagogie critique en école d’art on critical pedagogy in the arts during the Covid-19 crisis and sharing some of the works/concerns of the Teaching To Transgress Toolbox programme. The event series is developed in conjunction with the art school Villa Arson in Nice, France. See public programme.


Sharing practices and tools on critical pedagogy


A three-day online workspace organised by ISBA Besancon that builds on the previous workshop Sparring Partners. This workshop will offer working time to develop and sharing first findings by the different groups working on issues such as the notion of neutrality in the classroom, the gender of language, rethinking admission policies, the institutional body, emotions in the classroom, how to agree to disagree, the complexities of pronoun- and access rounds, among others.


Sparring Partners


A three-day online workspace organised by HDK-Valand, Göteborg University. We will investigate the complexities of an institutional body. Meet and work this body through its members, its language, its movements, its protocols, its entry points, its questions. And then, what did we learn?@HDK-Valand, Vasagatan 50 Göteborg


Forming Ties


In the last months many new initiatives, groups and ideas havebeen created at Göteborg University and beyond. We would like to invite you all to a get together, so that we can meet and see each other to share ideas, experiences, contacts and resources to strengthen networks of feminist, anti-racist, anti-fascist, emancipatory solidarity within the university and beyond. @HDK-Valand, Glashuset, entrance Chalmersgatan 5, Göteborg. (SE)


How to say it?


Workshops hosted by erg, école de recherche graphique, Brussels.
We will examine modes of transmission as political tools: inclusive writing, non-binary languages, alternative voices, critical body.


A collective Interview
with Nassira Hedjerassi



Education as the Practice of Freedom
Sociologist specializing in popular education and feminisms, Nassira Hedjerassi is also a professor of education sciences at the Sorbonne University. She works on the work of bell hooks and has prefaced her works in France.
TTTToolbox participants will prepare a collective interview. @erg, rue du page 87, 1050 Bruxelles (BE)


A collective Teaching To Transgress Toolbox performance
with sounds from ILL-SYL



We will examine modes of transmission as political tools: inclusive writing, non-binary languages, alternative voices, critical body. Work in progress by the TTTToolbox participants.
@De Markten,
Oude Graanmarkt 5 rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains, 1000 Brussels (BE)