Wednesday, August 17, 2011

And all along I thought a rhizome was some sort of mushroom.

September 6 – December 2, 2011 CCFI 502 (3 credits): Cyborgs, Rhizomes & Margins: A Cross-cultural Conversation in Education

Thursdays, 4:30 to 7:30 pm Dr. Pat O'Riley (EDCP).

Drawing on a range of transdisciplinary and cross-cultural theoretical perspectives, this course examines the complicities, complexities, and potentialities of the dominant technology narratives in education in a time of neo-colonialism, global capitalism and global warming. Students have an opportunity to critically reflect on the shape these technology discourses might take when intersected with social justice, civil society, Indigenous and environmental voices and agencies. What are the power/knowledge dynamics of the emerging geo/cyber/politics, respacialization, and limitless new frontiers of empire and technological capabilities? Making affiliations with the work of Donna Haraway, Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari, Jody Berland, Vandana Shiva and other nomadic/ rhizomatic thinkers and activists, this course is a space for reimagining and remapping potential shapes, text(ure)s, and actions for a radicalized/rhizomatic technology conversation in education.


Blogger Francis Sedgemore said...

What, no renormalisation? He's an rank amateur, that Dr Pat O'Bollock (EDCP)

1:45 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

What does "rhizomatic" mean in that course description?

6:33 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Francis: Dr. Pat is a she. You are otherwise perfectly accurate.

Rebecca: I have no idea. I have a vague recollection of coming across the term in some strange post-modernist (is that even the right term anymore?) context, perhaps something Harroway was giving out about, but can't for the life of me remember what it means or even whether I had clue when I first encountered it what it was meant to mean.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Francis Sedgemore said...

Rhizomatic conversation = horizontal cultural communication.

Brought to you by a bunch of sexually frustrated Frenchmen, and propagated by female Canadian academics of Irish, French and Mohawk heritage.

My God, it's full of signifiers!

5:05 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Rhizomatic: It sounds like one of those handy kitchen gadgets from the 70s: It slices! It dices! The new Rhizomatic, only $29.99! As seen on TV!

10:39 AM  
Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

If rhizomatic means what Francis implies, I am all for female Canadian academics of Irish, French and Mohawk heritage. Or any other heritage for that matter. But why in that first picture of levitating guru the light emanates from his backside?

2:58 AM  

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