Urban Spaces Keynote Series: Keynote 3 by Professor Karen Malone, Children...

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B6.25, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus

Southern Cross Dr

Bilinga, QLD 4225

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The Urban Spaces keynote series led by SCU's Sustainability, Environment & Education (SEE) Research Cluster, finishes on Monday 11th December at 3.30PM QLD / 4.30PM NSW.

Delivered from the Gold Coast campus, room B6.25 and linked to Lismore campus (R1.06) and Coffs Harbour campus (A1.20).

The session will be available on Zoom for live access: https://scuonline.zoom.us/j/7103981309

KEYNOTE 3

Professor Karen Malone (Western Sydney University) - Children in the Anthropocene: engaging with the concept of porosity to explore human exceptionalism through the exploration of ecological posthumanist pedagogies.

The focus of this presentation will be an onto-epistemological study of ‘lively radiation’ in the cities of Semipalastik in Kazakhstan and Fukushima, Japan. I explore how children are entangled; tied together; knotted in knots in an intricate posthumanist ecological assemblage. As an unsettling ontology that disrupts a persistent ‘humanist’ paradigm the concept of the Anthropocene allows new conversations around human-dominated global change, human exceptionalism and the nature/culture divide. Anthropocene as a ‘discursive development’ problematizes a dominant human narrative of progress that has essentially focused on the mastery of nature, domination of the biosphere, and ‘placing God-like faith in technocratic solutions’ rather than a set of scientific facts. By employing the disruptive concept of porosity as a means for revealing our shared fragility bare naked bodies, an undressing of the exceptional human. It is the story of an entangled mattering of materials, objects and children. This presentation explores the complexities of children’s lives in the Anthropocene. I am doing this work by queering awkward binaries of - human/nature; subject/object; I self /other not self, adult/child, through diffractive theorising drawing on the work of Barad, Haraway, Nancy, Derrida a host of theorists as the means for interrupting discourses of human exceptionalism in order to reconstitute/reconfigure possibilities for a ‘posthumanist ecological community’ as a central pedagogy for environmental education.


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B6.25, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus

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