London Branch Seminar
To what extent, under adverse conditions, can education be a site of hope? This paper considers ways in which the concept of negative capability has been understood in work on education. The investigation draws on narratives from those held on island prisons as punishment for their work in defending rights and equalities. In each of these settings, political prisoners forged a community around education projects, bridging divisions and inequalities associated with race, class, ethnicity, age, and political orientation. The discussion attempts to nuance the concept of negative capability and to better understand education as a site of hope.
Elaine Unterhalter is Professor of Education and International Development at UCL Institute of Education. She has research interests in working on intersecting inequalities in education, the capability approach, and analyses of changing social policy and practice.
Sessions are followed by a drink and further discussion in the Students’ Union for those who wish to attend. All are welcome.