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Education 2048: A keynote lecture on the future of education

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Keynote lecture for the King’s International Education Research Network meeting

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Education 2048

Professor Vanessa Andreotti and Professor Sharon Stein (University of British Columbia) will give the keynote lecture for the King’s International Education Research Network (KIERN) meeting.

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Professor Vanessa Andreotti is Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at The University of British Columbia. Her research examines historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence and global change.

Professor Sharon Stein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research brings critical and decolonial perspectives to the role of education in society, with a particular emphasis on how universities engage the issues of decolonisation, internationalisation and climate change.

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The global health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the fact that we are entering a period of intensification of multiple crises, including the cascading effects of inequalities, racial and colonial violence, climate crises and biodiversity loss, economic austerity, precarity and instability, mental health crises, political polarization, large-scale human migration, and more. While some still see the current pandemic as just a temporary interruption of a recoverable familiar normality, others, like Inuit artist Taqralik Partridge, caution that COVID-19 could be just the “warning shots” of a major storm humanity will need to face together.

From this perspective, these juxtaposed crises will reshape “normality” to an extent that is impossible to imagine at this point. If we consider the waves of disruption and instability that were already unfolding before the global pandemic, and that were intensified by it, the phrase the “end of the world as we know it”, coined by Denise Ferreira da Silva, seems appropriate to describe our current circumstances. In this context of major traumatic disruptions, how can education prepare all of us to engage in sober, sensible, creative and responsible ways with these challenges?

We will start this session with an introduction to the work of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures collective and the Critical Internationalization Studies network, mapping points of interface with the King's International Education Research Network. We will then present a distinction between mastery and depth education and invite participants to take part in the "Education 2048" exercise as an illustration of depth education.

This keynote is part of the King’s International Education Research Network Meeting 2021.

If you are interested in attending the KIERN Meeting 2021, please register your interest via this Microsoft Form.

This keynote will take place online via Microsoft Teams. You will be sent the link before the event.

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