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“The Speculative State. Education and the Commons”
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Geography and Tourism. (Space and Mobility in a Mediatized World)
2009 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we focus on the consequences of economies and cultures of speculation in the field of education. Education is one of the arenas where the logics of speculation are being played out. It is argued that the major shifts in educational policy over the past decades in Sweden derive from what Ian Baucom aptly called ‘speculative epistemologies’. The field of education is contemporaneous with the wider recasting of society, economy, politics and culture that is premised on the neo-liberal calculus of accumulation and value maximization.

In this context, education could be understood in terms of speculative pedagogy. Speculative pedagogy stands for education that strives to both capitalize knowledge, schooling or learning and realize immediate returns from knowledge, schooling and learning. Speculative pedagogy is used here as an umbrella concept to denote profit driven education and the various educational philosophies, theories and practices in education that are based on notion of valorization, capitalization and immediate returns to education, such that the primary role ofeducation is reduced to augmenting marketable value (personal, economic, aesthetic, national, etc.).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. 10- p.
Keyword [en]
speculative epistemologies, pedagogies, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurialism, post-politics
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-29593OAI: diva2:657029
What is the common? An international conference
Available from: 2013-10-17 Created: 2013-10-17 Last updated: 2013-10-24Bibliographically approved

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