How do we undertake visual activism in difficult times? The Liberation Lab connects transnational political projects in alternative learning like Free University and Anti-University with anti-racist Atlantic world politics and visual activist practice. We’ll visit key alternative archive spaces in London like May Day Rooms, the Stuart Hall Memorial Library and the London Metropolitan Archive. We’ll meet with activists and artists to discuss how anti-racism and non-hierarchical learning are being thought and worked. We’ll walk through the city to see how gentrification is rewriting space and overwriting histories. The academic goal is to learn methods and assemble materials that might be used for articles or theses. The fundamental purpose is to change your worldview.


London, UK

Program Dates:

January 6 - 23, 2019

Application Deadlines:

Priority Deadline: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Regular Deadline: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Admissions rolling thereafter as space remains available

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduates
    • 96+ earned credits
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • Media, Culture, and Communication
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Metropolitan Studies

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for the following Spring 2019 course for a total of 4 points. Students should consult their academic adviser for approval.

MCC-GE 2153.095 (Class # TBD) Media Activism: “Liberation Lab London: A Transnational Intensive” (4 points)

Draft 2017 Itinerary


Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication


2019 Graduate Tuition: $1,726 per point plus registration and services fees

Undergraduate Tuition: If enrolling in an undergraduate course number, your tuition will reflect the current undergraduate cost per point

NYU students: this course counts toward your Spring 2019 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2019.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2019 Housing and Activity Fees have not been finalized yet, but will be similar to 2017 listed below:

2017 Housing Fees: $800

2017 Activity Fees: $400

Housing and activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar's Spring 2019 billing schedule. 

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights and Student Universe for student rates.


Students will stay in shared-occupancy, apartment-style accommodations at NYU London residence halls.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:                                                    

Flight: Students are responsible for purchasing their own international travel to coincide with program dates. 

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to the UK of less than six months in duration. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

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