Thursday, 7 December 2017

Lecture by Antonia Darder

The students of MA Applied Sociology along with some of their faculty members attended a Public Lecture at the National Institute of Advanced Studies on December 5, 2017. This lecture was delivered by Prof Antonia Darder on Schooling the Flesh: The body, pedagogy, and inequality in the Lecture Hall, NIAS.

Prof. Antonia Darder is an internationally recognized Freirian scholar, artist, poet, activist, and
public intellectual. She holds the Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Leadership in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University and is also Professor Emerita of Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Darder has taught at California Polytechnic University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was recognized as a Distinguished Professor at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. In 2005, working with graduate students and community members, she established the Liberacion! Radio Collective, a public affairs radio program, on WEFT 90.1 Champaign that examines politics, art, and struggles through the nexus of local/global connections.

She utilized a Freirian analysis to address issues relating to the materiality of the body with respect to social and material power in the construction of knowledge as well as its transmission. He focused on the politics of classroom life with an emphasis on how the classroom allows for the schooling of the body. Through an examination of dominant ideologies, educational practices, and questions of inequality, principles for a critical pedagogy of the body are forged, as a necessary move toward the decolonizing of the body and the transformation of educational practice.

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