Posts in pedagogy
PEDAGOGY: Imaginaries of the Sea (SIPHES Syllabi)

This studio explores alternative imaginaries to the current notion of citizenship and belonging, by looking at citizenship not from a “terra-centric” perspective, but rather from an offshore, maritime and pelagic one. Citizenship is a notion traditionally/ historically/ connected to the concepts of roots and land. The ways through which
we are granted citizenship today are: ius sanguinis, right of the blood, via our ancestors (roots) and the ius soli: right of the soil, so the place where we were born.
In opposition to this solidity and fixity of the land in the studio we will juxtapose materials and elements which have a more unstable character, in this case water. Water adapts and changes state of matter, it freezes and evaporates. Oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, swamps, etc are uncertain, unstable, ever-changing, moving environments. The studio looks at these sites as circular and interconnected bodies, which can create alliances and networks of solidarity between beings and places that are far apart and /or in friction with each other. We will learn from the sea and we will borrow from it.

The studio will lead to the formulation of alternative imaginaries through the production of artistic artefacts, performative gestures and audio-video storytelling.

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PEDAGOGY: Who do the Seas Belong to? (SIPHES Syllabi)

This crash course introduces students to the basic debates surrounding the seas from a historical point of view. It encapsulates three approaches: 1) histories of capitalism and histories of science and technology studies, 2) the colonial encounter in the Mediterranean and 3) how space has come to shift and change as a result of man’s endeavour to tame the Seas in the anthropomorphic age. It surveys the major claims and originary tales that the conquerors of the seas have produced about themselves. Doing so allows for the problematization of the promise of Utopia at sea as an area free and accessible to all. It inverts this picture by looking at the Dystopian history of the seas as a space that was controlled by European colonialism and capitalism through colonial mercantile corporations. In so doing it also broaches socio-cultural histories of the seas that include the depiction and production of the ‘Other’ as a ‘pirate’, ‘barbar’ or ‘corsair’ that was to be chased in order to protect this ‘Utopia’. Lastly, it reflects on the meaning of a Utopia of the Seas by considering the present predicament that capitalism in the 20th century has produced in reordering space and the life of communities of fishermen and sailors in the face of containerization. It concludes by raising questions about the viability of a communitarian future centered around the seas away from corporations, imperialism and capitalism.

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PEDAGOGY: Ocean Campaigning and Public Pedagogy (SIPHES Syllabi)

Public pedagogy is the use of a public medium and/or space such as the Internet, films, television, magazines, beaches, schools to promote social change in diverse contexts of educational practice.

This course explores ocean campaigning that addresses and enacts public pedagogy through interactions of cultural interfaces such as humans, technologies, localities, and the sciences. Such campaigns are performed and embodied within networks of relations.

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PEDAGOGY: Fluid Cartographies (SIPHES Syllabi)

Maps of all forms are artifacts through which much of the world is rendered visible. While maps may in fact be matter, their mass, texture, and form do
not constitute space in and of themselves. Yet in our experience of space, territory, and boundaries, maps are synonymous with visual representation, translation, and the performance of socio-political and spatial fabrics. Mapping Body, Mapping Sea undertakes the study—and making—of alternative cartographies of the body and of the sea. Through a series of five linked and iterative modules, students will produce body|sea mappings which provide critical alternatives to increasingly privatized and surveyed notions of public space.

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PEDAGOGY: Sea & Society in Anthropology

Although the blue continent sheaths our Earth, for the sciences that study culture and society it has been a scholarly no-man’s-land; a vast and void framing of terrestrial maps in the classroom. While the sea is essential to the emergence of world trade, colonialism, slavery, modernity, capitalism, and science, it is routinely compartmentalized under subtopics, such as trade, tourism, migration and security. The maritime world seems to fall between our epistemological cracks.

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PEDAGOGY: Utopia History

The idea of locating the perfect society built on older notions of humanity’s origins, or, conversely, its ends. Tracing these across a number of periods and places, the seminar explores this history episodically. It looks at imagined or reasoned conceptions of the perfect society across a number of discursive traditions and textual genres. – from mythic and dialectic accounts to futurist science-fiction and revolutionary manifestos.

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