Dr. Craig Hammond
Founding Editor

I hahamc11-jpgve been a lecturer at Blackburn College since 1999, I started off my career teaching on the GCSE, AS/A2 level Sociology, and Adult HE Access Courses in Sociology and Criminology in the Sixth Form Centre. In 2002 I moved across to the University Centre at Blackburn College, (then the East Lancs Institute for Higher Education – ELIHE), to develop the BA (Hons) Social Science and Joint Honours degree programmes.

I am an active academic writer and researcher, and regularly present my work at national and international events and conferences. I gained my PhD in Sociology – from Lancaster University – in 2012; and have since gained recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). In March 2015 I attained the position of Research & Scholarship Leader; as part of this role, I am responsible for the promotion and enhancement of research and scholarship excellence across the University Centre and wider College.

In 2010-11 I was joint academic partner on C-SAP’s (Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics) Open Educational Resources (OER) Phase II project: Cascading Social Science Open Educational Resources funded by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and the Higher Education Academy. This externally funded research led to myself and my colleague (Dr. Phil Johnson) creating and implementing ‘Creativity for Edupunks’ (C4E), an interactive Wiki space; myself and my colleague interacted and responded to individuals and groups of learners on this flexible learning space. This continues to be a live OER online facility primarily for HE staff, (but also any other interested learners) interested in technology enhanced learning and open education (link for C4E http://creativity4edupunks.pbworks.com). A case-study from this research (see Johnson & Hammond, 2012a) was published by the HEA in July 2012.

I am continuing to develop my work on Edupunk, Anarchogogy and creative learning in relation to HE learners. My forthcoming book on ‘Hope, Utopia & Creativity in Higher Education’, synthesises aspects of my various research themes and outputs, and reworks the ideas of Ernst Bloch, Roland Barthes, Gaston Bachelard and the Situationist Guy Debord, in relation to democratic education & pedagogy.

Recent Publications & Other Research Outputs:

  • Hammond, C. (2008) ‘Utopian Mysteries from within the Fairytale Forest: Uncovering Traces of Redemptive Journeys towards Home.’ Conference Paper: American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Long Beach, California (24th -27th April 2008)
  • Hammond, C. (2008): ‘Utopian Mysteries from within the Fairytale Forest: Uncovering Traces of Redemptive Journeys towards Home.’ ELIHE research (click here for copy of article)
  • Hammond, C. (2008) ‘Gazing beyond the Relativity-Void: Trace, Memory and Cinematic Metaphors of the ‘Not-Yet – Towards a Blochian theory of Meromorphic Reception.’ New Radical Subjectivities: Re-thinking Agency for the 21st Century’. The School of Modern languages and Cultures, The University of Nottingham (9th Sep 2008)
  • Hammond, C. (2009) Detecting Redemption: Traces of Hope in Disney-Pixar’s ‘Monsters Inc.’ Conference Paper: American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Harvard University, Boston (26th – 29th March 2009)
  • Hammond, C. (2010) ‘Disney-Pixar and beyond: From a Visual Poetics of ‘Childhood’ towards a General Theory of ‘Trace’. International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea (15th – 21st August 2010)
  • Hammond, C. (2010) ‘Bye Bye Badman: The Redemption of Hope through Popular Music and Film’, Lecture delivered to new University Centre, Blackburn College (UCBC) undergraduate students (September 2010). Recording of lecture: http://vimeo.com/17162780
  • Johnson, P. & Hammond, C. (2012a) ‘Staff development in the OER era: transforming practice in HE in FE’, HEA/JISC Open Educational Resources case study: pedagogical development from OER practice. The Higher Education Academy (Click here for copy of article)
  • Johnson, P. & Hammond, C. (2012b) ‘OERs in HE in FE: Creativity for Edupunks?’, Proceedings of Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact – Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education, OCW Consortium and SCORE, Cambridge, UK, April 16-18 2012, Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp. 256-265 (Click here for copy of article)
  • Hammond, C. (2012c) Towards a Neo-Blochian Theory of Complexity, Hope and Cinematic Utopia, Lancaster University PhD Thesis, Lancaster University (Click here for copy of article)  
  • Hammond, C. (2013a) ‘A Mysterious Jewel of Hope, Part-Formed Possibility & Future Redemption: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame as Homo-Absconditus’, Paper presented as part of the Panel ‘“For the sake of the hopeless”: the Critical Theorists go to the movies’ at the ‘Hope: Probing the Boundaries’ conference, Lisbon, (10th – 12th March, 2013). (Click here for copy of article)
  • Hammond, C. (2013b) Keynote speaker at the JISC RSC Yorkshire & Humber Summer Conference (12th of June 2013) the Rose Bowl, Leeds. The conference theme: ‘Innovation, Creativity and Inspiration’ (with a particular emphasis on the use of technology in education). My presentation: ‘Empty Space, Hope & the proliferation of Creative Possibilities’ (Click here for copy of presentation)
  • Hammond, C. (2015) ‘Research, scholarship and leadership in a large CBHE provider: Collaborative tactics and new directions’ AoC Create – HE Research and Scholarship Conference, (24th June 2015, Bloomsbury Holiday Inn, London)
  • Hammond, C. (2015) ‘A Dynamic Utopian Praxis: Creative Liberation, Micro-Democracy & Beyond’ Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity, 4th International Conference of the International Research Network; New Directions in Reconciling Solidarity and Difference in Contemporary Societies. July 2nd – 4th METU Campus, Northern Cyprus.
  • Hammond, C. (2015) ‘Monstrosity and the Not-Yet: Edward Scissorhands via Ernst Bloch and Georg Simmel’ Film-Philosophy. Vol. 19 (Click here for copy of article)
  • Hammond, C. (Forthcoming – 2016) Hope, Utopia & Creativity in Higher Education: Pedagogical Tactics for Alternative Futures. London: Bloomsbury Academic