Unstable mixtures : zooethnographic educational relations as difference, contagion, critique, and potential

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Unstable mixtures : zooethnographic educational relations as difference, contagion, critique, and potential
Author(s) Pedersen, Helena
Date 2012
English abstract
This essay approaches educational alternatives from a specific case study: an unrealised student project, designed as an unconventional ethno-graphic/ethological field study with pigs in a commercial slaughter swine facility. I begin with an interview-based account of the student’s own version of what happened with her project proposal in the process that led to its final disapproval by her university. Then I provide a speculative scenario, created as the not-yet-realised possibility of the project and outlined as if it had been carried out. In the end I discuss different meanings “education” takes on in the two accounts and ask how species-, scientific-, and ethical difference may come together as organisers of education theory and practice affecting both humans and animals. The essay suggests that an analysis ending not with conventional, evidence-based research “results,” but rather with an “unstable mixture” (Bergen, 2010) of actual events and unrealised educational possibilities, creates a space to critically rethink institutional, intersubjective, and interspecies educational relationships.
Link http://www.othereducation.stir.ac.uk/index.php/OE/article/view/15/20 (external link to publication)
Publisher University of Stirling
Host/Issue Other Education: The Journal of Educational Alternatives;1
Volume 1
ISSN 2049-2162
Pages 152-165
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) activism
indeterminacy
ethology
knowledge production
pigs
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14343 (link to this page)

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