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      February 6, 2018

      Tuesday   1:00 PM

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      LETTING ART TEACH. ART EDUCATION 'AFTER' JOSEPH BEUYS Prof. Gert Biesta  Gert Biesta is one of the most important theorists working in educational discourse today.  He has defended the unique value of education against economic rationalization and its normalization through the ‘language of learning’. In his key works; Beyond Learning (2016), Good education in the Age of Measurement (2010), The Beautiful Risk of Education (2014) Biesta has questioned the extent to which the ‘language of learning’ has supported a redefinition of the student as consumer.  Central to the consumer model of education is a conception of ‘lifelong learning’ which reduces educational attainment to lifelong ‘survival’ in the global economy. Innovation, creativity, adaptability, and resilience are the current buzzwords mobilized to define student needs in the face of economic volatility. Under the conditions of such economic pressure, art and its teaching are instrumentalised in new and insidious ways.  In his new book Letting Art Teach: Art Education After Joseph Beuys (2017) Biesta explores the various ways that art and education are instrumentalised in educational discourse and policy. For Biesta, the teaching of art should enable students to have a unique dialogue with the world beyond its closure by rationalization. Replacing the over-emphasis on  ‘student-centered’ learning with a call for ‘world-centered’ education, Biesta affirms the value of art and teaching as an ‘event’ that opens up spaces for the student to be addressed by the world, and in turn, to address the world back. Letting Art Teach at the Hugh lane Gallery on the 6th Feb will expand on the ideas developed in Letting Art Teach. Education After Joseph Beuys (2017). To enable a broader discussion on these ideas three art educators from three different art institutions have been invited to respond to the presentation, they are: Dr. Brian Fay (DIT), Prof. Brian Hand (NCAD), Dr. Tina Kinsella (IADT). The discussion will be chaired by Dr. Sharon Todd (Maynooth University). Schedule 1-­ 2                                  Keynote: Prof Gert Biesta 2 -­ 2.30                             Coffee  2.15 - 2.30                       Performance:  Bio-pedagogy (1) Towards a geneology of pedagogical gestures. Dr. EL Putnam 2.30 – 4.30                       Respondents: Brian Fay (DIT), Brian Hand (NCAD), Tina Kinsella (IADT)                                                                            -    -    - Gert Biesta is Professor of Education in the Department of Education of Brunel University London (0.8) and Visiting Professor (Professor II) at NLA University College, Bergen, Norway. Since April 2016 he has held the NIVOZ Professorship for Education at the University for Humanistic Studies, the Netherlands (0.2). Before this he worked at universities in Luxembourg, Scotland (University of Stirling), England (University of Exeter), and the Netherlands (Utrecht, Leiden and Groningen) and held Visiting Professorships at the University of Orebro, Sweden, Malardalen University, Sweden, and ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, the Netherlands. He is a former Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellow with the National Academy of Education, USA. In January 2015  he became an associate member of the 'Onderwijsraad' (the Education Council of the Netherlands) for the period 2015-2018. The 'Onderwijsraad' is the main government advisory body on education (see here for more information). Since April 2016 he was also scientific advisor to VERUS in the Netherlands. He is joint-coordinator of SIG 25 (Educational Theory) of EARLI, The European Association for Research and Learning and Instruction, together with Rupert Wegerif and Giuseppe Ritella (JURE Assistant Coordinator). For more information click here. Gert is currently co-editor of two book-series with Routledge: New Directions in the Philosophy of Education (with Michael A. Peters) and Theorizing Education (with Julie Allan and Richard Edwards).    

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