Bruno Latour and the myth of autonomous academic discipline: Rethinking education in the light of various modes of existence

Transformation in Higher Education


 
 
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Title Bruno Latour and the myth of autonomous academic discipline: Rethinking education in the light of various modes of existence
 
Creator Dickinson, Colby
 
Subject — Bruno Latour; complexity; modes of existence; interdisciplinary; non-human participants
Description Background: Issues of identity, interdependence, relationality and violence are far larger than the human species alone, although humanity has often pretended as if it alone were the beneficiaries of studying such ideas.Aim: Pedagogically, the complexity of existence beyond human being must influence the traditional humanities curriculum or risk further isolation and alienation within humanity-dominant narratives.Setting: As climate change continues to alter our comprehension of what is truly at stake in the survival of life on this planet, however, humankind needs a complete rethinking of its relationship with the multiple forms of life that dwell alongside it, as well as the traditional division between the humanities and the sciences within academic settings.Methods: It is with this scenario before us that I turn to the work of Bruno Latour who re-conceives of humanity’s relationship with nature as an interdisciplinary and boundary-crossing project, one that has deep pedagogical implications.Results: I demonstrate how Latour’s collaborative and highly original work ranges across disciplines and provides new ways to contemplate research in academia.Conclusion: Latour’s thought moves beyond polarising anti-humanist language and towards a way to limit the sovereign claims of humanity, opening discourse towards other non-human participants.
 
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
 
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Date 2019-12-11
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/the.v4i0.75
 
Source Transformation in Higher Education; Vol 4 (2019); 7 pages 2519-5638 2415-0991
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://thejournal.org.za/index.php/thejournal/article/view/75/276 https://thejournal.org.za/index.php/thejournal/article/view/75/275 https://thejournal.org.za/index.php/thejournal/article/view/75/277 https://thejournal.org.za/index.php/thejournal/article/view/75/274
 
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