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Nosheen Ali | The Education of Development: Postcolonial Pedagogies in Devastating Times
December 11, 2015, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
This is a time of neoliberal, patriarchal and ecological devastation under Development, a time when the very nature and purpose of knowledge is colonized, a time when higher education in South Asia in under renewed attack from state and capital. What are the possibilities and vulnerabilities of pedagogical self-determination in this moment, and what might a transformative, postcolonial development studies look like? What does it mean to be consciously grounded in the local-global, when universities in the north are expanding “global engagement” while those in the south are aspiring to be “world-class”? This talk addresses these questions by offering reflections from pedagogical initiatives in Pakistan and Mexico, engaging with issues of faith, vernacular epistemologies, normative notions of the social good, and the overall politics of Eurocentric frameworks that undergird a “globalized”, higher education.