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ACSA Webinars
Curriculum Change and Opportunities

Lucinda McKnight, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Deakin University, VIC, Australia

Curriculum Design in the Anthropocene: Challenges to Human Intentionality

Tuesday 12 April 2022 7-8pm AEST

Lucinda McKnight

One of the key curriculum dilemmas for the Anthropocene is the way the status of the educator/designer/rhetor in posthumanist theory has become precarious. If the humanist project of education is predicated on Cartesian binaries and the de-valuing of women, people of colour, children, animals, plants and other bodies, what else exists for us beyond the project of making ever better humans? How can we become more open to what else might be possible, especially when human "custodianship" of the planet has been so disastrous? These questions provide ways in to further ontological and epistemological dilemmas that are fundamental to curriculum inquiry, positioning it as much more than studying plans for the transmission of knowledge. Rather than falling into humanism's trap of taking for granted what needs investigating (Barad, 2007), the presentation problematises the concept of curriculum itself, and its Cartesian goal of divorcing culture from nature. It then considers the implications of this for curriculum researchers and designers.

Session complete. Recording available via ACSA Webinars on Demand.