11:30AM-12:00PM 22 MAY 2017
LEVEL 8, NEXUS BUILDING, 10 PULTENEY STREET, SMaRTe ROOM, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
THE TREASONABLE TEACHER IN TREACHEROUS TIMES.
DR JULIE MATTHEWS
ABSTRACT: Beset by national and international conflicts, wars, violence, terrorism we have entered treacherous times. At its tipping point environment change is sweeping us into towards new instabilities and insecurities and we are betrayed. We are deceived and misinformed by political leaders and our sophisticated e-mediated forms of communication fail to circulate the knowledge and understanding necessary for future survival. Our heightened awareness of danger and vulnerability is googalised through the sound bite ‘transparency’ of media condemnations, accusations, victimisations and sensationalisations.
This presentation discusses what it means to be a teacher in the 21 century. Are teachers simply the performance indicated arm of neo-liberal educational orthodoxies that privilege employment skills and competences? Is education fundamentally a technology of the nation preparing students for an economy and culture that we have since left behind? I want to suggest that we need treasonable teachers able to stand for values beyond old civics and citizenship frameworks, beyond old nationalisms and patriarchies to bring new forms of care, compassion and futures into being.
BIOGRAPHY: Associate Professor Julie Matthews is Associate Head of Research in the School of Education.
She is a sociologist of education and her current projects focus on anti radicalisation education, and refugees and education. Her expertise is in post-colonial and Foucauldian approaches to education, feminism, cultural diversity, internationalisation, globalisation and education policy issues. Dr Matthews has undertaken research in the fields of minority education, reconciliation, refugee education, anti-racist education, international education and education for sustainability.
Before joining the University of Adelaide in 2013 Dr Matthews was Associate Professor in Social Sciences, Director of Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Associate Director of the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Her Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in The School of Education at The University of Queensland focused on internationalisation, and she is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sunshine Coast, Griffith University, and the University of Southern Cross.