Modern and Contemporary Forum: KUNCI Study Forum & Collective
In this informal colloquium, KUNCI, a Yogyakarta-based study forum and collective, will reflect on the School of Improper Education, an initiative that explores collective study as a way of creating the conditions for social movement. Founded in 2016, The School of Improper Education offers avenues through which unlearning can be practiced and unknowingness can be transformed into a productive tool for understanding social ecosystems and resourcing independent artistic and cultural organizing. Titled “Rasa Inside Out, or How to Spoil the Master’s Tools,” KUNCI’s presentation will reflect on the concept of rasa—one of the pedagogical methods devised by the school—and will be followed by an open discussion.
KUNCI Study Forum & Collective experiments with methods of producing and sharing knowledge through acts of studying together at the intersections between affective, manual, and intellectual labor. Since its founding in 1999 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, KUNCI has been continuously transforming its structure, ways, and medium of working. Initially formed as a cultural studies study group, at present KUNCI’s practices emphasize collectivizing study by way of space-making, discussion, research, publishing, and school-organizing. KUNCI traverses and connects institutional, disciplinary, and geographical boundaries. KUNCI’S membership is informal and based on friendship, as well as principles of self-organization and collaboration.
In December 2020, KUNCI published the pamphlet Letters: The classroom is burning, let’s dream about a School of Improper Education with Ugly Duckling Presse, Brooklyn.
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Co-sponsored by the Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University