Summer CC! – Utopian Pedagogy

We will be gathering for one summer session of CC so let’s aim high with Utopian Pedagogy! Aiden Enns will be facilitating the conversation. Below are some thoughts and questions that guide his reading.

We are changing the day for this meeting so please note we are meeting Thursday August 21 @ noon (The Katherine Friesen Centre, 940 Notre Dame Ave)

Text – Mark Cote, Richard Day, and Greig de Peuter. “Utopian Pedagogy: Creating Radical Alternatives in the Neoliberal Age.” The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 29:317–336, 2007.

Some guiding questions from Aiden,

This topic is of interest to me as a Christian, activist-oriented editor of a quarterly magazine. I often feel like my work is removed from the cut and thrust of suffering in the world. I labour against the neoliberal order (a notion explored in the article) from the comfort of my middle-class lifestyle.

Is this enough? What is required of me? What is the responsibility of an educated, privileged person aware of their part in the structures of oppression?

Does the Christian notion of salvation pertain to the academic ally? I.e., Luther said we are both sinner and saved at the same time. Can we be part of the problem and solution at the same time as well?

How are academics like ministers/preachers in a church? For example, theoretically, pastors and preachers receive a word from God for the people. I.e., they have wisdom (truth, or liberating knowledge) for their congregation, and they are hired (and therefore obliged) to explore, descipher and transmit that word or wisdom to their parishoners. Do academics do the same for their students? For the public? For other academics?

Is it okay to pursue academic inquiry for its own sake? Isn’t it wrong to study an obscure thing purely out of interest and curiosity?

CC in June – Alcoff and Gray on Survivor Discourse

Excerpted from Linda Alcoff and Laura Gray, “Survivor Discourse: Transgression or Recuperation?” Signs (1993).

Full text here.

Michel Foucault argued that speech is not a medium or tool through which power struggles occur but itself an important site and object of conflict (Foucault 1972b, 216). He also claimed that bringing things into the realm of discourse, as the confessional structures of the Church brought bodily pleasures into discourse and thus “created” sexuality, is not always or even generally a progressive or liberatory strategy; indeed, it can contribute to our own subordination.
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It is within the contradictory space of these two claims – that speech is an important object of conflict and that disclosures increase domination – that we would like to initiate a discussion of the discourse of those who have survived rape, incest, and sexual assault.

 

Join us for a discussion on this important topic on  Friday June 20 @ noon (Katherine Friesen Centre; 940 Notre Dame Ave).

 

CC in April – Unsettling Theology: Decolonizing Western Interpretations of Original Sin

This month we are pleased to present another opportunity to engage original research. Melanie Kampen (http://ortusmemoria.wordpress.com/) will present chapter 5 of her recently defended Master’s Thesis Unsettling Theology: Decolonizing Western Interpretations of Original Sin. The chapter reads quite well on its own but if you are interested please leave a comment and I send the entire thesis.

So please come and join us Friday April 25 @ noon (Katherine Friesen Centre; 940 Notre Dame Ave)

Chapter 5 & Epilogue – Conversion & Assimilation: Redemption, Resurgence, and Romans 5-8

CC in March – Blum and Foucault

This month will be engaging a chapter out of Peter Blum’s recent book For a Church to Come: Experiments in Postmodern Theory and Anabaptist Thought.

We will be reading Chapter 1, “Foucault, Genealogy, Anabaptism.”

For those who are interested and ambitious I am also posting a background piece by Foucault that informs Blum’s work.
Michel Foucault – Nietzsche, Geneaology, History

We are meeting Friday, March 14 @ noon (Katherine Friesen Centre; 940 Notre Dame Ave).

CC in January – Bruno Latour and the future of critical thought

We will kick off 2014 with an important text in critical theory that asks the blunt question, “Critical theory died away long ago; can we become critical again?” Has critical theory run out of steam; must it always take away and never add?

Bruno Latour – Matters of Fact, Matters of Concern [.pdf]

We are meeting Friday January 10 @ noon (Katherine Friesen Centre; 940 Notre Dame Ave)