This 6-week online course is developed for practitioners of global citizenship education who feel that the current global crises are compelling us to fundamentally question the paradoxes and limits of our current systems in order to be able to imagine something genuinely different.
The course is based on the educational frameworks of the “Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures” collective, an international assemblage of educators, artists and researchers committed to de-naturalizing our socially inherited modern/colonial ways of thinking and being. This course offers a basic-level introduction to the work of the collective and is meant for those practitioners of global citizenship education who feel a need to develop the capacity and stamina to learn to sit with difficult questions and wicked problems without needing to be rescued with descriptive and prescriptive solutions.
Rather than offering ready-made solutions for engagement with complex global challenges, this course is directed toward disarming affective landmines (internal and socially inherited resistances) that prevent us from engaging with these challenges with more curiosity, depth and humility. In this sense, the participants in the course will not be taught what to think or what to believe, but will instead be invited to explore different pedagogical strategies of “unlearning” that will help them deepen and complexify their learning process beyond what is usually possible in pre-established institutional settings.
This course will offer the participants the possibility to learn to “dig-deeper” into the paradoxes and contradictions of modern societies and offer some pedagogical tools that can help educators to better map and navigate these paradoxes and contradictions without succumbing to naïve hope, simplistic solutions or despair.
The course will take the form of six on-line sessions (inverted classrooms) over the course of six weeks. The course structure follows the cartography of 4 constitutive denials of modernity: 1) denial of systemic violence and complicity in harm, 2) denial of unsustainability, 3) denial of entanglement and 4) denial of the magnitude of the problem (https://decolonialfutures.net/4denials/), developed by the GTDF collective.
Participants will be required to engage with pedagogical resources/stimuli before each session as the on-line sessions will not be focused on content delivery, but new methodologies for holding conversations that will help participants dive deeper into the unlearning process. Apart from the weekly on-line gatherings, each session will include an invitation to a guided walk that supports deeper engagement with the questions from the program. Participants will also be asked to write a short reflection as an entry after each walk in their learning journals.
This advanced course is open to Bridge 47 Network members only. Since the course is only suitable for a group of up to 15 participants, we are now inviting all interested Network members to submit a short application form. We will select participants based on the understanding and experience working with critical GCE and/or transformative learning, motivation for the course and diversity. Deadline for application is 28 March 2021. You will be informed of the outcome of the application by 31 March latest.
The course runs from 4.30-6.30 PM CET on the following days: