Notion of Neutrality, Workshop II, Radical Inclusivity

Written by Alexandra Eguiluz, Ida Flik, Gloria López Cleries and Zoya Feltesse

  • neutrality
  • objectivity
  • invisibilisation
  • neoliberalism in academia
  • structural racism
  • institutional violence

This workshop is developed as part of the Teaching to Transgress Toolbox programme by the working group Questioning the Notion of Neutrality in educational settings. The workshop was facilitated and tested in May 2021 at Paris College of Art in France.

Read more about the context of this workshop and see the related series of interviews that we recorded. Read also about Workshop I, held at the art school, Villa Arson, in France.

2 hours – online
For 25-30 participants
Download the presentation slides as PDF


[20 min]

❶ Introduction

Names and pronouns

❷ Presentation of the project

What we have been doing and how we have been doing it.

❸ Sharing the findings and topics emerging from the interviews visualized in a series of eight slides that illustrate the four main areas explored during the interviews (institutions, knowledge, teachers, students).

The slides serve as a critical and visual exercise aimed at deconstructing the abstraction that tends to surround the concept of neutrality. How can we represent neutrality? How are our bodies shaped by their invisibility and abstraction?

Mind-map around the word neutrality (seven slides with illustrations used during the workshop

A teaser video of the interviews [5 min]

Working in groups

[40 min]

❶ Introduction to the workshop and invitation to attendees to turn on cameras and write their names and pronouns.

❷ Check-in round with the voting question:

screenshot of voting “How do you feel about the word 'neutrality'?” Participants choose smiley, frown or neutral face from the following illustration.

❸ Create break-out rooms with five people each.

Deeper introduction round

[10 min]

Small group discussion

[15 min]

Do you see these problems in your environment?

Sharing and collecting real-life examples from different contexts

Collective writing exercise

[15 min]

Technical note:
prepare one pad for each group

Reconvening in the big/full group

[20 min]

Sharing from the small group discussions about real-life examples and/or the five things from the pad


[5 min]

Feedback with a voting system: