Pedagogies of pluriversality

Amsler, Sarah (2016) Pedagogies of pluriversality. In: Universities in the Knowledge Economy (UNIKE), 14-17 June 2013, Copenhagen Campus, Aarhus University, Denmark.

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The creation of alternatives to market-driven higher institutions, including higher education, is necessary for social justice, ecological survival and human flourishing. In this paper, I explore how such alternatives are being created in a subaltern ecosystem of counter-systemic educational practices and institutions around the world. I begin with a critical reading of recent university policies in the UK to illustrate how the dominant forms of the ‘globalization of higher education’ are not only undesirable but entangled within a broader system of Eurocentric colonial-capitalist ‘monocultures’ (Santos 2014) which both destroy human and ecological possibility and render existing and emerging forms of transformative learning invisible or impossible. I then examine how these violent logics are being theorised, resisted and transformed in two locations. One is at the borders and ‘relative exteriorities’ of hegemonic educational systems, focusing on diverse struggles to reclaim and decolonize established westernized universities. The second is in the organizational forms, theories of knowledge and pedagogical practices which characterize autonomous educational projects, movements and institutions around the world, focusing on radically democratic models of learning in a growing network of counter-capitalist ‘ecoversities’. I suggest that these living examples, which both refuse and educate refusal of the logics of neoliberalism and other forms of patriarchal colonial capitalism, offer important resources of hope and possibility for our common struggles to democratize the university.

Keywords:critical pedagogy, decolonising, alternave education, higher education, ecoversities, counter-capitalism
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
X Education > X370 Academic studies in Education (across phases)
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:25560
Deposited On:06 Jan 2017 12:41

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