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Knowledge Revolution


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This is a presentation on the Performative Turn of knowledge for social and ecological justice. Given at the Transformative Learning for Social Justice Symposium at Fielding Graduate University.

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Knowledge Revolution

  1. 1. Knowledge Revolution The performative turn towards social and environmental justicePresentation given at Transformative Learning Symposium, Fielding Graduate University, 2005 Tiffany von Emmel, Ph.D.
  2. 2. Representational knowledge…1. Disappears multiple ways of knowing….When less of the body’s knowing is engaged, less of the collective’s knowing is engaged.….Good for control, not so good for life….
  3. 3. 2. The far senses keep things at a distance Ocularcentrism and Verbocentrism...Knowledge as ‘ownership’ makes commodification and control more possible
  4. 4. 3. ‘Deforested perception’• passivity (Alaine Touraine)• shallow perception (Laura Sewell, David Abram)• ‘impoverished imagination’ (David Orr, Maxine Greene)• fragmentation and industrialization (Susan Griffin, Tulku)...perpetuates consuming/producing ‘modes of desire’ (Peter Mclaren)
  5. 5. It’s a vicious cycle…… Controlling patterns of knowledge-creationinterfere with life’s dynamic balancing of relationship….
  6. 6. Linguistic turn  Performative turn• representation  participation• mind  embodied• subject/object  action• value subjective  value-specific• interpretation  activism• data-centered  relationship
  7. 7. Tiffany von Emmel