• correns maire
  • windows
  • halifax
  • palenque
  • doorway
  • lourdes grotto
  • artwork

Previous Seminars


PROFESSOR DAVID HANSEN, Columbia University, New York

Prof. David T. Hansen is the John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education and Director of the Program in Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. For the previous 10 years Prof. Hansen was director of the secondary teacher education program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a Past-President of the John Dewey Society and of The Philosophy of Education Society, and is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Professor Hansen will presented two seminars as follows:

Bearing witness to teaching and teachers

Monday 12 March 2018 from 4.00pm-5.30pm in TL2.26, Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

This presentation will draw upon a recently completed, two-year-long undertaking in which I worked with sixteen highly regarded teachers from eight state-funded schools in a large, culturally diverse US metropolis. The study pivoted around two questions: What does it mean to be a person in the world today? And what does it mean to be a person in the role of teacher? The endeavor encompassed extensive classroom visits, whole-group discussions, and individual interviews. I cultivated an orientation in the inquiry that is best named ‘bearing witness’. This orientation fuses a sense of wonder at teaching’s offerings with a sense of concern for the very fate of teaching as a human practice in today’s globalizing world. I will describe aspects of bearing witness by drawing upon a range of sources in the humanities and arts. I will attempt to show how bearing witness calls upon the inquirer to heed teachers in their human singularity as they enact as well as speak of the role of teacher. This ethical heeding metamorphoses into fresh ground for addressing epistemic, policy, and political concerns regarding teaching. The presentation will draw together a conception of bearing witness to teachers with ramifications for teacher education.

Contemporary education in cosmopolitan perspective: an address to the teacher

Tuesday 13 March 2018 from 3.00pm-4.30pm in TC2.27 (Meeting Rooms A&B), Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

In this presentation, I will approach the question of education in today’s world by viewing it through a cosmopolitan lens. The notion of cosmopolitanism has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, as scholars and activists alike see in the term a fresh alternative to (if also family resemblance with) liberal and multicultural viewpoints. But like the concept education itself, cosmopolitanism remains a contested idea. Some critics associate it with an elitist, Eurocentric, quasi-colonial outlook. Others perceive in it grounds for a truly universal, non-ideological approach to justice. In the presentation, I will attempt to move beyond these apparently incommensurable standpoints toward an understanding of cosmopolitanism as denoting a way of moving in the world.


Postgraduate global connections symposium

Friday, 20 October 2017 from 9.00am-3.00pm in TT1.05, Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education.

Learner-centred teaching in higher education in the USA:  Trends and issues

PROFESSOR ELIZABETH TISDELL, Penn State Harrisburg, Pennsylvania State University

THURSDAY, 6 April 2017 from 4.00pm-5.30pm in Meeting Rooms A&B (TC2.27)

There has been much discussion within the US higher education literature on learner-centred teaching. Much of the discussion focuses on how to engage students, while delivering solid curricular content, tending to pedagogical methods of engagement that can be used in both face-to-face and online settings, the role of assessment and feedback, and the balance of power between instructors and learners. This session will both discuss these four issues in multiple types of higher education classes, and will attempt to model one way of dealing with these issues by attempting to engage participants in a “learner-centred” approach in the session itself.


Addicted to speed: The transformation of academic ideals into professional values

PROFESSOR SHARON RIDER, Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Uppsala University.


Rankings, publicity and the mediatization of university

DR MATS HYVONEN, Coordinating of the Engaging Vulnerability research programme, Uppsala University.

DATE: Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Children in the Anthropocene: Theorising porosity, mobilities and interspecies relations to redefine the place of children in a precarious world

PROFESSOR KAREN MALONE, Professor of Sustainability, Western Sydney University

DATE: Thursday, 29 September 2016

Children are growing up in the era of the Anthropocene. This is a new geological epoch in which humans are recognised as having a global geophysical force. The implications of this epoch and the impending planetary crisis brought on by such things as climate change, have compelled me to consider new ways of theorising and engaging in my research on children in cities. By applying posthumanist and new materialists approaches I am challenging well established humanist discourses that separate and elevate humans from the natural world, and support the view humans occupy a separate and privileged place among other beings.

By disrupting key assumptions that focus narrowly on the ‘humanness’ of sustainable development  and child friendly city discourses I am opening new forms of political enquiry which attend to noticing the interconnectedness of the human and the more-than-human-world. Focusing on the concepts of porosity; mobilities and interspecies relations this presentation explores the lives of children in precarious slum communities in Bolivia and Kazakhstan in order to recognise the deep connections and affinities of an ecological posthumanist worldview with the notion of redefining the ‘place’ and possibilities of humanity in the future world.

Muslims in education: Representation since September 11 and beyond

DR LIZ JACKSON, Associate Professor of Education, University of Hong Kong

Date: Tuesday, 19 July

Learning global citizenship through world literature

DR ERIC HARALSON, Associate Professor of English, Stony Brook University, New York.

Date: Friday, 6 May

The best practice in the inclusive and whole school teaching of thinking

DR DOROTHY HOWIE, Research Fellow, University of Auckland School of Psychology.

Date: Monday, 4 April

The active force of currere and the transition to a green economy

PROFESSOR LESLEY LE GRANGE, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University.

Date: 18 February, 2016

ECEC Policy - Post-socialist, European and Global Perspectives

Date: 5 February, 2016


International Seminars Series, including links to Professor Ian Menter, Professor Geoff Whitty and Professor Michael Apple's online presentations

Bakhtin Seminars

Philosophies of Cultural Difference Series

Global Issues Series

Executive Seminar Series

Inaugural Lectures