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Poststructural Theory

The Poststructural Theory Special Interest Group is open to researchers from all disciplines who are applying the work of radical European theorists to education.  Theorists used by researchers in this SIG include Foucault, Deleuze, Agamben, Bourdieu, Derrida, Habermas, Heidegger, Lacan, Butler and others. This network also includes those who are applying Foucault's notion of governmentality both directly and via the work of others such as Hunter, Dean, Rose, Gordon. Anybody engaged in educational research which centres around this kind of theory is most welcome to join the SIG. The SIG also has an online networking presence in Facebook through the Poststructuralism in Education Facebook group. 


Coming to AARE? Don’t miss Professor Mirka Koro-Ljungberg’s workshop on playing with data

If you are coming to this year’s AARE conference, you won’t want to miss Professor Mirka Koro-Ljungberg’s workshop on the Thursday afternoon. Supported through AARE’s competitive SIG funding, the workshop will involve participants in a hands-on approach to extending and playing with data.

Thursday 30 November

Telopea Room, Level 2 (Australian Leadership Innovation Centre)

11:00am – 12:30pm Extend and play with ‘d...a…t…a…’ PART 1

12:30pm – 1:30pm lunch break

1:30pm – 3:00pm Extend and play with ‘d...a…t…a…’ PART 2

This workshop aims to problematize conventional conceptualizations of data as known, familiar and inert objects, in order to imagine more complex, creative, critical, and relational engagements with data in the conduct of qualitative inquiry. Participants will be invited to share and relate their own data and data potentialities in diverse ways, as well as to work with examples and activities provided by the organizer. We will consider how recent developments in theory and methodology, such as post-methodology, ‘new materialisms’ and performance studies, are forcing us to rethink our habitual assumptions about data’s potentialities and our relationality with data. Attendees will engage with different data flows and interactions, as part of a joint effort to push normative boundaries possible limiting the infinite possibilities of data. The workshop will collectively question the functions of data within participants' research projects through individual re-imagining and collective re-working activities. We will focus on 1) collectively produced and performed data, 2) dissonance, order, messiness of data 3) decision making and relational processes, 4) insufficiency of language. Participants are encouraged to think with philosophy, experimentation, and creativity to see what might become possible. Where might various extensions of d…a…t…a go and what could they do?

 In preparation for the workshop, you might like to read the attached documents and consider bringing some examples of ‘data’ from your own research.

Introduction: Multiplicity of Data Encounters

Ch 20 Koro-Ljungberg

See you there!


Listen to the third part of our diaglogue in Theory presentation, held at the 2015 AARE Conference


Watch our special event at the 2014 Conference 


Buchanan & Webb: Deleuze and the use(fullness) of his philosophy in education research

At the 2013 Annual Conference, the Politics and Policy SIG and Poststructural Theory SIGS jointly hosted Professor Ian Buchanan (University of Wollongong) and A/Prof Taylor Webb (University of British Columbia). Their attendance was made possible via a grant of $5000 from the AARE Executive. As part of their visit, Ian and Taylor gave an open lecture on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and its use, and usefulness, in education.




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