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Social theory, educational research and polycrisis

Following Covid-19’s acute phase, educational researchers/practitioners have been forced to reconsider their work, cultures, and institutions in relation to crisis, including in the entangled relationship between theory and practice. Yet, the pandemic highlighted other intersecting moments of crisis, including environment, political economy, communal- and identity-based violence and injustice, with consequences for education and educational research. 

This workshop will enable participants to consider how their work might contribute to the development of analyses of education-in-polycrisis that push beyond established limits. As we move through these intersecting moments of crisis, new material and historical circumstances emerge for experiencing learning, teaching, and researching. As a result, this session will help our community to consider the idea and potential futures for social theory in its application to educational research.

This workshop will:

  • explore the social theories that are being effectively applied to educational research at the intersection of global crises, through the deployment of two critical case studies; and
  • create a space in which participants can use these case studies and social theories, in order to reflect upon their own work-in-progress.

Connected areas for thinking through these considerations include: first, our identities, bodies and psychologies as researchers; second, our research practices and cultures; third, the structures of the institutions in which we work/research; and fourth, how we negotiate and implement our values in our research. Thus, the session will be designed to encourage participants to consider how we might reimagine our work in education, in order to understand how we navigate future crises.

14:00 Welcome and Introduction: higher education research and the polycrisis
Richard Hall, De Montfort University
14:10 Case Study 1: The hope of racial realism in higher education 
Manny Madriaga, University of Nottingham
14:35 Case Study 2: The Radical Potential of Recognition: from Honneth to Adorno
Jan McArthur, Lancaster University
15:00 Open Discussion
15:15 Participant discussion of their own research, in terms of contexts and methodologies, in relation to the concepts and critiques presented
15:45 Plenary
16:00 Event Close

Chairs and Speakers

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Richard Hall, Professor

Professor of Education and Technology at De Montfort University

Richard Hall is Professor of Education and Technology at De Montfort University. A National Teaching Fellow, Richard directs the research and evaluation work of the Decolonising DMU project. He is the author of The Hopeless University:...

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Manny Madriaga, Dr

Associate Professor in Education at University of Nottingham

Manny has a background working in disability student support, widening participation, education development, and quality enhancement. His research interests are on the processes of social exclusion/inclusion related to 'race', ethnicity and...

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Jan McArthur, Dr

Head of Educational Research at Lancaster University

My research interests span two themes: education and social justice, and the nature of higher education. I am interested in inter-relationships between education and society, and between theory and day-to-day practice. I have explored different...