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Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard

Ragnarök Now: Education-towards death in an age of mass extinction

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  • Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard
  • Stefan Bengtsson, Uppsala University, Uppsala, 75185, Sweden., Uppsala University, Sweden
  • John Kenn Mortensen, Denmark
Contemporary Western society’s engagement with the facticity of personal death is characterized by a symptomatic suppression of trauma, erasing the facticity of death from education thought, clinging to narratives of emancipation and freedom as fueled by the Enlightenment (Lysgaard, Bengtsson, Laugensen 2019). In the face of global warming and mass extinction of species, the potential facticity of future extinction of humanity can be seen as to call humanity and educators alike for preparation for the last battle of humanity against the plot of teleological development towards the limit seemingly already imposed by the gods. What narratives is education to embrace as preparation for that battle? Pedagogies of Promethianism (cf. Brassier 2014)? In this paper, we will collaborate with artist John Kenn Mortensen to experimentally reimagine (through text and illustrations) education that engages with death, as both the limit of existence as well as providing the possibility of being alive. References: Blake, Charlie, and Steen Christiansen. 2011. “Transgression Now.” Akademisk Kvarter 3 (3): 4–16. Brassier, Ray. 2014. “Prometheanism and Its Critics.” In Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader, edited by Robin Mackay and Armen Avanessian, 467–487. Falmouth & Berlin: Urbanomic. Eddan, De nordiska guda- och hjältesångerna (the poetic Edda): http://runeberg.org/eddan/ Heidegger, Martin. 1927. Sein Und Zeit. 1967th ed. Tübingen: Max Niewmeyer Verlag. Lysgaard Andreasen, Jonas, Stefan Bengtsson, and Martin Hauberg-Lund Laugesen. 2019. Dark Pedagogy: Education, Horror and the Anthropocene. London: Palgrave Pivot. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-19933-3. Mbembé, J, and Libby Meintjes. 2003. “Necropolitics.” Public Culture 15 (1): 11–40. doi:10.1215/08992363-15-1-11. Mortensen, John Kenn (2016) Monstre. Copenhagen: Aben Maler.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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