Caring about worldings: towards a posthuman concept of 'bildung'

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The paper aims at dwelling upon feminist materialists conceptions of ‘care’ and ‘caring’ with the ambition to let these conceptions inform a (renewed) understanding and pedagogical practice of ‘bildung’. This is a way of approaching the question - or exploration of – what may ‘autonomy’ come to mean, in agential worlds. 
The concept of bildung (introduced by Humboldt (Humboldt and Flitner 1956)) is, historically, a human- and social centered concept for the shaping and civilizing of the human through formal or informal education, or “a programme of social transformation through the formation of individuals” (Masschelein and Ricken 2003, 140).
Inspired by the question “How can I be responsible for what I love?” (Barad 2016) and as educationalists and researchers of educational practices we find it timely to develop a feminist materialist, posthumanist notion and practice of ‘bildung’ focused on the care and concerns of and about the worlds that we are of. 
We will be dialoging with soil (radioactive or not) (de la Bellacasa 2015)(Barad, 2016) land and race (Rose 2004) leaf bugs ((Schrader 2015) and Hesse-Honegger 2008) and other non-humans and technologies (Haraway 2008, Haraway 2016, de la Bellacasa 2011, de la Bellacasa 2012) as well as take inspiration from Butlers question about when which lives (be it human or nonhuman) are grievable (Butler 2010). Finally we will be dialoging with Taylors somewhat parallel investigation of the possibility of a ‘posthuman bildung’ that she discusses in relation to ethics (Taylor 2016).  
Original languageEnglish
Publication yearJun 2017
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
EventEuropean New Materialisms conference - Maison L'Unesco , Paris, France
Duration: 7 Jun 20179 Jun 2017
Conference number: 9th


ConferenceEuropean New Materialisms conference
LocationMaison L'Unesco

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