Keith Hammond's research and teaching are on modernity as a social and political problem. Mr Hammond works in the Lifelong Learning and Social Justice knowledge transfer groups and the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network, looking in the main at Palestinian issues. He convenes seminars on European philosophy and the writings of Edward Said and contributes to Modern Educational Thought as part of the School's postgraduate programme.
Mr Hammond has an interest in the psychological and social breaks that are made as part of modernity. He looks at the separations and discontinuities of cultural and political realities and the educational responses that have been offered as ways of negotiating these breaks. He looks at Lifelong learning as one response that has a global reach. His current interest is in modern Europe’s confrontation with the Arab world and the way Europe has to reappraise itself hermeneutically through the work of Gadamer and Agamben. Fractured notions now confront the European academy on any number of levels, raising all sorts of questions for instance about the way universities should relate to the question of justice for Palestine.
Participation in teaching projects in the University of Sarejevo. Regular contributions to philosophical critiques of Orientalism in Palestine, Middle East and Europe. Contributions to joint publication projects and broader events of Philosophisch-Politische Akademie e.V. (Philosophical-Political Academy) Germany. Currently collaborating with Universities on the West Bank and Gaza to develop Lifelong Learning in Palestine through the European TEMPUS programme.
Participation in the University of Glasgow in a number of different Research Centres and Networks: Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet); Centre for Research and Development in Adult & Lifelong Learning (CRADALL); Glasgow Human Right Network and Glasgow University Memory Group.
Lifelong Learning in Palestine
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This project seeks to develop Lifelong Learning as a collaborative project in Palestine. It aims to develop Lifelong Learning provision in formal and informal networks across the West Bank and Gaza, linking the work of universities to centres outside of the university in civil society. Seminars and workshops will develop pedagogic partnerships in different settings, facilitating a wide arrangement of adult learning right across Palestinian society. Palestinian institutions will link innovative work in Lifelong Learning to different regions in Europe and the Arab world.
in addition to NUI Maynooth, the project's European Partners are: University of Glasgow, University of Malta, St Mary's University College London. Palestinian University Partners are: University of Birzeit, Islamic University of Gaza, University of Al Quds, University of Bethlehem. The non-university partners are:Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE),Women Graduates of the Islamic University of Gaza.
- 2011 - 2013: Lifelong Learning in Palestine - Project number 517494 - TEMPUS: Joint Project in Higher Education & Society (2011 - 2504 / 001 - 001). University of Glasgow (Mr Hammond is Lead Partner) with University of Malta, St Mary's University College London, University of Maynooth and University of Birzeit, University of Al Quds, Bethlehem University and the Islamic University of Gaza. The project also includes the Centre for Applied Research in Education, Palestine and the Society of Women Graduates in the Gaza Strip. The Tempus Grant is for 669,355.36 Euros and involves rolling out Lifelong Learning provision from centres of Higher Education to informal learning settings on the West Bank and Gaza.
- 2010 - 2013: Fundacion Conocimiento y Desarrollo in Barcelona (lead partner) in Tertiary Higher Education for People in Mid-life: Mr Hammond is one of the partners in the University of Glasgow led by Professor Mike Osborne. The total value of the project is 737,850 Euros with the European Union contributing 553,387 Euros.
- 2009: Travel Grant from the Carnegie Trust to visit Palestinian Universities
- 1966: Award of £36,000 from the European Commission for Outreach project aiming to overcome conditions of social exclusion.
Mr Hammond will supervise Mr Yousef Hamdona from the summer of 2012. Mr Hamdona is a teacher of English in Palestine who will be focusing on the way educational performance dropped drastically in students all over Gaza after the trauma of twenty-two days of air and ground attacks that began on the the 27th 2008. Mr Hamdona will frame in the data in a discussion of Palestinian young people having a right to an education without this sort of damaging experience. The research will aim at giving empirical substance to a relatively under-researched aspect of the Israeli military occupation that will contribute to human rights discourse.
He also supervises in Security Studies. Presently on Masters Dissertation on Libya and the role and consequence of Humanitarian Intervention.
His teaching in 2012 involves Reason & Argument as part of the Adult Education credit bearing programme. Mr Hammond contributes to the University Masters Progrogramme on Security Studies. Mr Hammond teaches on the Globalization module of the Community Development course and convenes the Identy research cluster in GRAMNet. He convenes several reading groups on Orientalism, representations and the psychological impact of colonialism. He contributes frequently to seminars in universities on the West Bank and Gaza.
Consulting and advice
Mr Hammond is a research consultant with PASCAL and can be consulted on issues relating to Lifelong Learning in the Middle East and the Occupied Territories of Palestine. He is a trained facilitator in both Philosophical Inquiry (McCall) and Socratic Dialogue (Nelson/Heckmann). He can be consulted on citizen education and philosophical dialogue with children. He also works with marginalised groups and can be consulted on issues of human rights, personhood and medical ethics.
Academic and professional body membership
Mr Hammond is a member of theSociety for Research into Higher Education, and the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA). British Association for International & Comparative Education (BAICE). He is involved in the British Sociology Association Special Interest group in Human Rights - Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. ESCalate - The Higher Education Academy Education Subject Centre - PASCAL Research Associate - British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) and Founding member and Chair of the Scottish Committee for the Universities of Palestine.
Keith Hammond has a keen interest in justice for Palestine. He contributes to a number of conferences and reading groups that promote Palestinian culture. He is interested in the general issue of the political representations of oppressed peoples in the United Nations and Europe. In addition, he visits the West Bank and Gaza in a number of different voluntary roles and he has represented various NGO's informally at international conferences.