Tag Archives: COVID-19

Have We Been Paying Attention?

Educational Anaesthetics in a Time of Crises

Biesta, G. (2022). Have we been paying attention? Educational anaesthetics in a time of crises. Educational Philosophy & Theory, 54(3), 221-223. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2020.1792612 It is remarkable to see how much has already been written about what is alternatively called the ‘Corona Crisis’ or the ‘Covid-19 Crisis’ and also about its impact on education. In addition to […]

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Biesta, G. (2022). Have We Been Paying Attention?: Educational Anaesthetics in a Time of Crises. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/have-we-been-paying-attention/

Gert Biesta

Gert Biesta is Professor of Public Education at the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy, Maynooth University, Ireland, and Professorial Fellow in Educational Theory and Pedagogy at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Educational philosophy and post-apocalyptic survival

The world faces a triple apocalypse: the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the huge unnecessary loss of life and the disastrous prospect of a limited ‘tactical’ nuclear war; the COVID-19 pandemic that has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 6.5 million people; the global ecological crisis with massive biodiversity loss, species extinction, and 1000-year exceptional floods and […]

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Peters, M. A. (2022). Educational philosophy and post-apocalyptic survival. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/educational-philosophy-and-post-apocalyptic-survival/

Michael A. Peters

Michael A. Peters (FRSNZ)  is a New Zealander and is currently Distinguished Professor at Beijing Normal University, and Emeritus Professor University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has Honorary Doctorates from Aalborg University, Denmark and SUNY, New York. Michael is Editor-in Chief of Educational Philosophy and Theory and Beijing International Review of Education (Brill). He is founding editor of Policy Futures in Education (Sage); E-Learning & Digital Media (Sage); Knowledge Cultures (Addleton); Open Review of Educational Research (Taylor & Francis); Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy (Brill) and on the board of many other journals and book series. Michael has written over 100 books and many journal articles on a wide range of topics and has worked with and mentored many younger scholars.

Border control

Policing knowledge in and of the pandemic

October, 2021: On a videocall from ‘across the ditch’ (local slang for Australia), our family members repeat the mantra, ‘it’s just a flu,’ reflecting the problem faced over there by the federal and state authorities to shape public discourse and opinion in favour of a public health response to the pandemic informed by science and […]

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Stewart, G. T. (2022). Border control: Policing knowledge in and of the pandemic. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/border-control/

Georgina Tuari Stewart

Georgina Tuari Stewart (ko Whakarārā te maunga, ko Matauri te moana, ko Te Tāpui te marae, ko Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu te iwi) is an Associate Professor in Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the author of Māori Philosophy: Indigenous thinking from Aotearoa (Bloomsbury, 2021), an introduction to Māori philosophy as a Kaupapa Māori approach to studying Māori knowledge.

Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander

Is this 'little world enough'?

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) is best known for his work on his The Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproducibility. There, Benjamin argues that works of art lose their ‘aura’ when technologically reproduced. But I would argue that art that is reproducible – such as film, or photography, music that is heard, say, on […]

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Morris, M. (2022). Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander: Is this 'little world enough'?. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/ingmar-bergmans-fanny-and-alexander/

Marla Morris

Marla is Professor of Curriculum, Foundations & Reading, in the College of Education, Statesboro Campus, Georgia Southern University, GA, USA. She studied philosophy at Tulane University, religious studies at Loyola University, New Orleans and Education at Louisiana State University. Her main interests are postmodern philosophy, psychoanalysis, curriculum studies and systematic theology. She has published papers on Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Michel Serres, Simone de Beauvoir,  drawing extensively on the work of Gaston Bachelard and Donna Haraway. Marla has also worked in Holocaust studies, trauma studies, medical humanities and chaplaincy.

Mill, COVID-19 and vaccination

Some thoughts on freedom, rights and individual liberty

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen: this is your Captain speaking. We are about to land at […] Airport. Please ensure that your seatbelts are securely fastened and that your tray tables are returned to the upright position.Every pilot on approach to every landing, arguably assaulting the freedoms and liberties of everyone onboard while knowing full […]

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Harris, K. (2021). Mill, COVID-19 and vaccination: Some thoughts on freedom, rights and individual liberty. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/mill-covid-19-and-vaccination/

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris is Emeritus Professor of Education at Macquarie University. He notes that he is enjoying retirement. He writes:

I have previously romanticised myself sufficiently; those interested can look up Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44(5), 450-463. I am now going on 84 and, with apologies to Shakespeare and Keats, I now ‘suffer the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to’: that is all ye need to know.

A trust reading list

One consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia has been a resurgence of trust in Australian institutions, a resurgence that has not been so evident in some other societies. Some questions remain. Whether this trust is maintained in general. Whether the Australian university sector suffers long-term funding harm and loss of trust as a result […]

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Haynes, B. (2021). A trust reading list. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/a-trust-reading-list-2/

Bruce Haynes

Bruce Haynes, FPESA, FPE, is retired after 34 years in teacher education and 50 years of PESA membership. He is founding member, a past president and fellow of PESA, and been always been active member. PESA honours him and Felicity by holding a named lecture at conference. His 2009 papers, in the Educational Philosophy and Theory special issue, Celebration of PESA 40 years, include Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia: The official record, and PESA and I: A long engagement, tell us a lot more about his contribution to PESA.

Pandemic Education: A Double Issue of Knowledge Cultures

Pandemic education refers not only to how we educate ourselves and others about the pandemic, but also – and more importantly – to how the pandemic educates us. To put it in the terms of the question that the articles in these two special issues on pandemic education address: how can educators explore and enact […]

Filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and Painter Chris Sedgwick: The importance of art during COVID-19

Chris Sedgwick, The Past Meeting The Future, 2014. 10.25″ x 14.5″. Oil, gold leaf on birch Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian filmmaker, shot seven films. His best-known films are perhaps Solaris and The Stalker. His lesser-known films such as Nostalgia – filmed in Italy – Andrei Rublev and others such as The Sacrifice – filmed in Sweden – are less well known. After […]

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Morris, M. (2020). Filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and Painter Chris Sedgwick: The importance of art during COVID-19. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/filmmaker-andrei-tarkovsky-and-painter-chris-sedgwick/

Marla Morris

Marla is Professor of Curriculum, Foundations & Reading, in the College of Education, Statesboro Campus, Georgia Southern University, GA, USA. She studied philosophy at Tulane University, religious studies at Loyola University, New Orleans and Education at Louisiana State University. Her main interests are postmodern philosophy, psychoanalysis, curriculum studies and systematic theology. She has published papers on Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Michel Serres, Simone de Beauvoir,  drawing extensively on the work of Gaston Bachelard and Donna Haraway. Marla has also worked in Holocaust studies, trauma studies, medical humanities and chaplaincy.

Article Feature Image Acknowledgement: Chris Sedgwick, The Past Meeting The Future, 2014. 10.25x14.5. _Oil,GoldLeafonBirch_2014_

Why it is do or die for US public higher education

The 1947 report titled ‘Higher Education for American Democracy,’ also known as the Truman Commission Report, created perhaps one of the most well-articulated statements on the purpose of higher education in the twentieth century. The report outlined how higher education could and should function in American society: ‘Its task is not merely to meet the demands of the present […]

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Swindell, A., & Greeley, L. (2020). Why it is do or die for US public higher education. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/ideas/why-it-is-do-or-die-for-us-public-higher-education/
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Andrew Swindell

Andrew Swindell is a doctoral candidate in the Comparative and International Education program at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA (see his profile at The Conversation). His research interests include how to achieve quality education for all people in emergency settings how school choice policy in the United States affects access and equity. Before UCLA, he worked as a foreign aid practitioner in Liberia and a K-12 teacher in Thailand and Myanmar.

Luke Greeley

Luke Greeley is a PhD candidate in Educational Theory, Organization, and Policy at Rutgers Graduate School of Education. His research uses philosophy to study the intersections of education, economics, and the environment. Currently, his research focuses on consumer education and consumer movements in relation to larger democratic and economic trends.

Us-without-the-world

I am writing in my solipsistic enchainment, my hermetic island of withdrawal, quarantine, confinement, isolation and loneliness. There is a real perversion in thinking this new world of mine, not so much a world-without-others as us-without-the-world. Thinking from the world-without-others to the world-without-us and then us-without-the-world has taken on a life of its own in […]

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Bradley, J. (2020). Us-without-the-world. PESA Agora. Retrieved from https://pesaagora.com/columns/us-without-the-world/

Joff Bradley

Joff P. N. Bradley is Professor of English in the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Teikyo University in Tokyo, Japan and visiting professor at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India and visiting research fellow at Kyung Hee University is Seoul, South Korea.

What has the pandemic ever done for me?

At the outset, I want to state that I do believe that COVID-19 is a serious health, social, economic and moral problem. COVID-19 exists and can bring huge sorrow and suffering. It is real, and it is discriminatory. It finds the injustices in our society of poverty and ethnicity and exploits them in its destructive […]

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Gibbs, P. (2020). What has the pandemic ever done for me? PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/ideas/what-has-the-pandemic-ever-done-for-me/
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Paul Gibbs

Professor Paul Gibbs is Director of Education Research at the University of Middlesex, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Open University in Hong Kong and the University of Cyprus. He has published 20 books on topics ranging from the marketing of higher education to vocationalism and higher education, informed by an approach to transdisciplinarity that draws on Heidegger, neo-Confucian thought and the insights of Basarab Nicolescu.