Pedagogies of the Unknown (Lisa Nyberg)
In this presentation, Lisa Nyberg will share some thoughts on her PhD project “Pedagogies of the Unknown” and also treat you to a short guided meditation.
In her research she is looking for pedagogies that can engage with the future in times if crisis. In light of anthropogenic climate change, a global environmental crisis, and its destabilizing impact on social and economic systems, there is an urgency to examine the relation between pedagogy and an unsettling future. How could a pedagogy look like that is open to not knowing, to contingency and change?
At the center of her project is a performance practice that explores the format of guided meditations, drawing from lecture performance and meditation as a quotidian and creative practice. The guided meditations combine traditional elements with interventions that disrupts the anticipated trajectory, allowing for an unsettled storytelling, with the aim of examining how an embodied pedagogy can engage the participants in imagining otherwise.
Simultaneously, the project raises a critique of Western constructs of utopia as the dominant form of imagining otherwise, by looking to feminist and decolonial theory that resists utopian fatalism and claims to universality. The aim is to make a critical shift from utopia towards a constantly changing and undetermined future – the unknown.