Oct 11, 2022 Fazal Rizvi

Professor Fazal Rizvi

Tuesday, October 11, at 14.15-15.45 (UTC+3), Minerva Plaza K226 (Siltavuorenpenger 5 A, Helsinki, 2 floor) also zoom NOTE: The location of the lecture has changed to Minerva Plaza!

Professor Emeritus Fazal Rizvi

Fazal Rizvi is an Emeritus Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne, as well as at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Turku in Finland and Pretoria in South Africa. He has written extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, globalization and education policy, and Australia-Asia relations. He has published widely and his book, co-authored with Bob Lingard, Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010) is used widely in courses around the world. A sequel to this book, Reimagining Globalization and Education (Routledge 2022) has recently been published. He is currently researching educational reform in Bhutan. Fazal is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, a past Editor of the journal, Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education, and a past President of the Australian Association of Research in Education.

“Thinking Creatively about Educational Futures”

Much of recent writings on futures thinking in education focuses on the uses of data to predict the future and attempt to manage and control it. In this talk, I will argue that while prediction has a role to play in futures thinking, its limitations and risks must be acknowledged. Building on Arjun Appudarai’s distinction between the ethics of probability and the ethics of possibility, I highlight the dangers of what he refers to be as ‘modern regimes of diagnosis, counting and accounting’, especially when they are tied to amoral forms of global capitalism. I argue that futures thinking centred on the ethics of possibility needs to consider the importance of collective and creative moral deliberations.

Suggested reading before the lecture (read at least the first one):

Trohler 2014 Change Management in the Government of Schooling

Stassheim 2016 Knowing the Future Theories of Time in Policy Analysis

Anderson 2010 preemption

Facer Keri on Educational Futures UNESCO 2021


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