South Coast Branch Seminar - CANCELLED
The event is free and open to all who wish to attend.
I approach the field of education as a student of utopian ideas, texts, practices and movements. For a number of years now I have been trying to think through the relationship between the two. A series of questions present themselves: How does a committed utopist bring this commitment to bear on their role as an educator? How can we understand today the utopian projects of “educated hope” (Ernst Bloch) and “the education of desire” (William Morris)? Can there be such a thing as “utopian” pedagogy? Or a utopian pedagogue? Given the darkness of the contemporary juncture, can we talk about “the formation of utopian subjectivities” without sounding utterly ridiculous? Can we talk about nurturing “transformative hope” and “liberating the imagination” without sounding like the worst kind of abstract utopians, drifting into fancy in order to escape the bleak realities of our situation? What does one do and how does one act as a “utopian” operating within the confines of contemporary education-as-such? In this seminar I offer some tentative thoughts and reflections on these questions and more.