Two forthcoming seminars by Dr. Jane Gatley & Dr. Kemal Ahson

11.9.2021
Learning, Culture and Interventions (LECI) research community is happy to point out two forthcoming seminars by Dr. Jane Gatley & Dr. Kemal Ahson that may be of interest to our community members. Please feel free to join!  The seminars will be held online, September 16th and October 14th 2021.

The Learning, Culture and Interventions (LECI) research community is happy to point out two forthcoming seminars that may be of interest to you. Please feel free to join!  For doctoral students to note, these seminars are part of the SEDUCE doctoral courses (SED-916) and you’ll gain study credits by attending. 

Seminar 1

Thursday 16.9. at 13:00-15:00 

Dr. Jane Gatley, a visiting researcher of the TINT - Centre for Philosophy of Social Sciences, Practical Philosophy, UH will present her draft titled "What is education and what do we want it to be? An exploration of the value of conceptual analysis in philosophy of education". 

Access the meeting in Zoom by clicking this link. 

(Meeting ID: 650 9370 9054, Passcode: 758219)

Abstract:

In this paper, I argue that analytic philosophy of education has not always served the field of education well. This is important because how educational concepts are understood can shape attitudes and practices in the social world. In response, I propose that analytic philosophy of education ought to draw on ameliorative methods of conceptual analysis such as conceptual engineering when approaching educational concepts. This means that alongside traditional standards for defining a concept such as coherence and clarity, conceptual analyses ought also to consider what the concept is for, and whether it will lead to good social outcomes if adopted. This results in three recommendations: (1) the canon of traditional analytic philosophy of education is in need of renewed examination and revision; (2) there is likely to be a distinct set of educational concepts; and (3) we can identify criteria to guide ameliorative analysis for educational purposes. More generally, this paper provides an exploration of the role and value of analytic philosophy in education.

Author bio:

Jane works in philosophy of education. She is interested in the aims of education, the curriculum and the place of philosophy in schools. She is also interested in the nature and value of philosophy. Her doctoral thesis presents an argument for teaching philosophy in schools. She is due to start a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Birmingham in October to develop this work into a monograph.

For more information contact Tatu Nuotio, Research Assistant, TINT - Centre for Philosophy of Social Sciences, Practical Philosophy, University of Helsinki 

Seminar 2

Thursday 14.10. 2021 at 16:15-18:00

Dr. Kemal Ahson from the Faculty of Educational Sciences, UH will lead a seminar that asks "Do we need a post-colonial literature for children?"

Access the meeting in Zoom by clicking this link. 

(Meeting ID: 667 5188 1611, Passcode: 684142)

Abstract:

Based on the experience of writing stories for children, Kemal will open up a discussion on the need to explore how the legacy of colonialism and imperialism needs to be both considered and challenged in literature for (and of) children. Drawing on the ideas of Franz Fanon, Edward Said and Gayatri Spivak, he will highlight some of the practical challenges in writing about the consequences of the control and exploitation of people and land in stories for children.  

Author bio

Kemal gained his PhD from University College London (UCL). Currently, he is working on two externally funded research projects with Prof. Kumpulainen that focus on examining the engagement of citizens in science as part of a Horizon 2020 project (www.allinteract.eu) and assessing digital health literacies and technologies supported by the UNA Europa Partner Universities. As an aside, Kemal has co-created and published a couple of children’s books - the first (The Magic Necklace) is a novel which links the life of a young girl in India with the history of the Mughals; the second (an adaptation of the Twelve Labours of Hercules), is a comic book which aims at engaging and encouraging young children's interest in mathematics through (in?) stories. He has also recently (out 2022) written a novel (The Hakim) which tells the story of the tensions within and between modern (western) and unani medicine during British colonialism.

Kind wishes,

Kristiina and Anu

Co-ordinators of LECI research community