Save the date! The fourth Applied History Network event will focus on ‘libertarian education’ on Tuesday 19th April 2016, at MayDay Rooms (London EC4Y 1DH). Attending is free, but booking via our Eventbrite page is essential.


Libertarian education is based on principles such as non-hierarchical relationships, mutual-aid and personal responsibility. In the last century, these values inspired the foundation of radical/democratic schools and (anti)universities. They challenged the role of mainstream schools as ‘reproducers of authoritarian social structures’ and universities as ‘selectors of the ruling class’.

Recently, while the British education system has become increasingly subdued by free-market logic and bureaucratic procedures, parents and students have started expressing a growing interest in libertarian educational experiences. However, these still remain mostly marginal. What are the historical reasons for this? Is libertarian education possible within a neoliberal society after all? Can it help transform the status quo?


  • Judith Suissa – Reader in philosophy of education at Institute of Education, UCL
  • Ian Cunningham – Chair of governors at Self Managed Learning College, Brighton
  • Jenny Aster – Former pupil at White Lion Street Free School, London
  • Alex Brown – Co-organiser of Antiuniversity Now!


Tickets available here!

This event in supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre RSHC_logo_Colour-1

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