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 The Beautiful Risk of Education

Monday, February 23 @1:30 – Book Discussion: The Beautiful Risk of Education

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Wednesday, October 17th at 10 a.m.
In her book Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, Anna Tsing utilizes Arjun Appadurai’s framework on Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy and his theory on “scapes” to inform her own work in discussing “friction”. Appadurai’s work provides an analytical structure through which to understand the global imagined landscapes that show the fluidity of a cultural state. Tsing uses the term “friction” as a metaphor to describe the differences that arise and make up the contemporary world in a political, social, and economic regard. In doing so, Tsing aims to answer questions about global connectedness. For her main argument she uses her fieldwork in Indonesia’s rain forest industry and its environmental and political engagement during the 1980’s and 1990’s as an example. She seeks to answer the questions of “Why is global capitalism so messy? Who speaks for nature? And what kinds of social justice makes sense in the twenty-first century?” (p. 2) These questions are answered through a series of chapters that are named around what Tsing considers metaphors for universals truths: Prosperity, Knowledge, and Freedom, along with seven subchapters arranged within each section to reinforce her points. These universals are challenged by Tsing as she believes globalization is not about homogenizing the world but instead understanding that we are actually NOT all the same. Tsing writes, “the specificity of global connections is an ever present reminder that universal claims do not actually make everything everywhere the same….we must become embroiled in specific situations. And thus it is necessary to begin again, and again, in the middle of things.” (p.1-2) It is this difference and disparity that keeps global power in motion. Stepping outside of localities, Tsing uses environmental politics to see how well universals work in tracing global connections.

Trying To Teach Small

August 30th 2012 @ 2:00 PM in room 1036. Trying to teach in a season of great untruth: Globalization, empire and the crises of pedagogy by D.G. Smith (Sense Publishers, 2006) Copies are moving around the university. If you need to borrow the book please e-mail: Ptarc2@uwo.ca

Language and Globalization

July 2012: Language and Globalization by Norman Fairclough (Routledge, 2006)

Ideas for Intercultural Education May 2012: Ideas for Intercultural Education by Simon Marginson and Erlenawati Sawir (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
Asia As Method

February 2012: Asia as Method by Kuan-Hsing Chen (Duke University Press, 2010)


December 2011: Orientalism by Edward Said (Vintage, 1979).

Social Justice

October 2011: The Work of Global Justice: Human Rights as Practices by Fuyuki Kurasawa (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Not For Profit September 2011: Learning Democracy in School and Society by Gert Biesta (Sense Publishers, 2011)
Not For Profit June 2011: Not for Profit by Martha Nussbaum (Princeton University Press, 2010)
Freud and Education March 2011: Freud and Education Deborah Britzman (Routledge, 2010)
Toward an Imperfect Education

February 2011: Toward an Imperfect Education: Facing Humanity, Rethinking Cosmopolitanism by Sharon Todd (Paradigm Publishers, 2010)

Look Inside The Worldliness of a Cosmopolitan Education Dead Aid Fear of Small Numbers