London Branch Seminar
Belief in the transformative potential of education has long underpinned critical educational theory. But its concerns have also been political and economic, using education as means to achieve a better – or ideal – future state: of equality and social justice. In Manifesto for a Post-Critical Pedagogy (Punctum Books, 2018), the belief in education’s transformative potential leads us to start from the assumption of equality and to invite a shift from a critical pedagogy premised on revealing what is wrong with the world and using education to solve it, to an affirmative stance that acknowledges what is educational in our existing practices.
Naomi Hodgson co-authored Manifesto for a Post-Critical Pedagogy with Joris Vlieghe and Piotr Zamojski, and she will present the seminar. Her research focuses on the relationship between education, governance, and subjectivity. Her current project, funded by the British Academy, is concerned with the role of digital technologies in reframing the parent-child relationship. Her publications include Philosophy and Theory in Education: Writing in the Margin, with Dr Amanda Fulford (Routledge, 2016), Citizenship for the Learning Society (Wiley, 2016), and Philosophical Presentations of Raising Children: the grammar of upbringing, with Dr Stefan Ramaekers (Palgrave, 2018).