Oct 8: Re-emergence/ emergency walk: Troubling Education – How anti-oppressive pedagogy and courses can change the world

Welcome to the second Re-emergence/emergency walk of the autumn! October 8 kl. 09.00-11.00: Troubling Education – How anti-oppressive pedagogy and courses can change the world

Where: Individual, self-organized walk online via Zoom or outside (max 50 people), starting in parking lot outside of CEMUS, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, see map here: https://bit.ly/336Zxma

Book a ticket: To participate outside you have to book a ticket so we don’t exceed max 50 people, fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/vYDsuHhiKpYS7p17A

Den nya konsten i universitetshuset, Åsa Thörnlund, Photo: Mikael Wallerstedt

Questions and framing
What is a troubling and anti-oppressive education? How can we break free from our own prejudices and skewed understandings of what is wrong in the world when working with education that truly enables sustainability and justice? How could the relationship between the learners and the persons facilitating the learning be transformed into a collaborative partnership that enables openness, creativity and independence? How could we develop new ways of leading the educational design and learning process that is anti-oppressive? Why do we believe and know the things we believe, know about education, learning and ourselves? From where does the ideas and perceptions about a good educational practice come from? And how can we change the world through education?


The walk will start outside of CEMUS, Villavägen 16 at 09.15 (be there a couple of minutes before 09.15). We will walk to Stadsskogen, then along the winding paths in Stadsskogen to Valltjärn where we will light a fire. Bring your own fika (thermos of coffee or tea and/or some food to share). And remember to wear warm clothes and warm shoes.


Background-video/presentation and starting points

…the fact that certain members of the oppressor class join the oppressed in their struggle for liberation, thus moving from one pole of the contradiction to the other… Theirs is a fundamental role, and has been throughout the history of this struggle. It happens, however, that as they cease to be exploiters or indifferent spectators or simply the heirs of exploitation and move to the side of the exploited, they almost always bring with them the marks of their origin: their prejudices and their deformations, which include a lack of confidence in the people’s ability to think, to want, and to know. Accordingly, these adherents to the people’s cause constantly run the risk of falling into a type of generosity as malefic as that of the oppressors. The generosity of the oppressors is nourished by an unjust order, which must be maintained in order to justify that generosity. Our converts, on the other hand, truly desire to transform the unjust order; but because of their background they believe that they must be the executors of the transformation. They talk about the people, but they do not trust them; and trusting the people is the indispensable precondition for revolutionary change. A real humanist can be identified more by his trust in the people, which engages him in their struggle, than by a thousand actions in their favor without that trust.Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

If you are studying or working at Uppsala University you can read “Troubling Education: Queer Activism and Antioppressive Pedagogy” by Kevin Kumashiro here http://tinyurl.com/y4zmm2me

“A rough draft of the purposes of education at CEMUS” by CEMUS course coordinators autumn 2018.