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?