Dec, 16, 2022 Nelli Piattoeva

Friday December 16, 2022 at 10.15-11.45 (UTC + 2)

Associate Professor Nelli Piattoeva

Nelli Piattoeva is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education and Culture, Tampere University, Finland. Her research looks at how digitalisation and quantification act as technologies of education governance at a distance. She also examines child­hood and schooling under socialism and post­socialism through memories of cultural insiders and research produced in the region.


Spectacular digitalization: exploring the role of digital education technologies in projecting and producing the future of the nation”

The end of the Cold War gave rise to optimistic declarations of the era of nationalism to be over, and juxtaposing nationalism to the rise of globalisation. In the same vein, digital transformations boldly promise a future of global connectivity and lately of individually tailored solutions. In this lecture I trouble the assumption that digital technologies lead to a future marked by a radical break-away from the past and instead show how they channel and reproduce familiar, deep-seated societal discourses such as nationalism. I define the latter as a political principle that equates a state as a bounded territory with a nation as an imagined cultural community (Anderson, 2006) and as a central form of modern subjectivity (Malešević, 2019), framing identities and aspirations in terms of nationhood (Calhoun, 1997). My lecture will be based on examples from different countries, and theoretically bring into dialogue research on nationalism and Science and Technology Studies (STS). 

Suggested reading before the lecture:

Rather, H. (2020). Europeanizing the Danish School through National Testing: Standardized Assessment Scales and the Anticipation of Risky Populations, Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 45 (2), p. 212-234 0162243919835031

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