Pedagogies of Discomfort- spaces for working with challenging conversations and topics

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  • Date: Friday 24 June, 2022
  • Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm
  • Where: Room 3S710

Join us for “Pedagogies of Discomfort- spaces for working with challenging conversations and topics”, Friday 24 June 2022.

This symposium explores the ethics of critical pedagogy – long central to training and education approaches in youth work, social work and education for social justice. Drawing on critical pedagogy, youth work and the scope for discomforting pedagogies (Boler, 1999; Zembylas, 2015), we seek ways to (re)think anew about complex and sensitive areas of practice and everyday life. We note here that practitioners’ personal and working lives reproduce issues of inequity and thus need to be reflected upon and explored in education spaces. The event aims to draw together all those with an interest in opening up and progressing debates on how to reflect on, challenge and explore critical and sensitive issues in social justice pedagogies. This is particularly pertinent when we recognise the difficult and demanding neoliberal institutions which provide limited space and recognition for reflection and care (Bradford and Cullen, 2014).

Consideration will be given to how decisions in relation to notions of safety and discomfort should be made, and who is empowered to make these decisions. Central to this discussion will be a consideration of the purpose and significance of discomfort as a pedagogic resource.

Places are limited so please register now to avoid disappointment.

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See symposium timetable for a full overview of planned sessions, abstracts and contributor biographies:

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