Pedagogies for the post-Anthropocene: Lessons from Apocalypse, Revolution and Utopia

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This book draws on  posthumanist  critique and post qualitative approaches to research to examine the pedagogies offered by imaginaries of the future. Starting with the question of how education can be a process for imagining and desiring better futures that can shorten the Anthropocene, it speaks to concerns that are relevant to the fields of education, youth  and futures studies.  This book explores lessons from the imaginaries of apocalypse,  revolution  and utopia, drawing on research  from  youth(ful) perspectives in a context when the narrative of ‘youth despair’ about the future is becoming persistent. It investigates how the imaginary of 'Apocalypse' acts  as a frame of intelligibility, a way of making sense of the monstrosities of the present  and also  instigates  desires  to act  in different ways. Studying the School Climate Strikes of 2019 as 'Revolution' moves us away from the  teleologies  of capitalist consumption and endless growth to newer aesthetics. The strikes function as a public pedagogy that creates new publics that include life beyond the human. Finally, the book explores how the Utopias of Afrofuturist fiction  provides us with a kind of 'investable' utopia because the starting point is in racial, economic and ecological injustice. If the Apocalypse teaches us to recognize what needs to go, and Revolution accepts that living with ‘less than’ is necessary, then this kind of Utopia shows us how becoming ‘more than’ human may be the future. 
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages143
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-16-5788-7
ISBN (Print)978-981-16-5787-0, 978-981-16-5790-0
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameCultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education

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