The Critical Institute
in collaboration with the University of Malta
Work in Progress in the Social Studies (WIPSS)
Fanon’s children: pedagogical dynamics of colonisation and decolonisation
Presentation by Prof. Erica Burman (University of Manchester, The Critical Institute)
Tuesday 26th May 2015, 6-7 pm- followed by discussion
Venue: Faculty of Education Boardroom (second floor), University of Malta
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Discussion of Frantz Fanon’s influential analysis of colonial experience have largely focused on the gendered and sexed dynamics of racialization processes, with surprisingly little attention has been given to their intersections with generational relations and the models of children/childhood on which his account relies. In this paper I discuss the range of ways children and childhood appears in Fanon’s writings. I suggest that such a focus not only strengthens critical engagement with Fanon’s ideas – conceptually, methodologically and in terms of process, but also prompts reassessment of their contemporary relevance for, and corresponding challenges to, current pedagogical and political practice.
Erica Burman is Professor of Education, at the Institute of Education, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, UK. She has published extensively in the areas of critical developmental psychology, feminist theory, childhood studies, and state and interpersonal violence in relation to minoritised women and children. She is an activist researcher and qualitative methodologist. She is known for connecting feminist analyses to challenge oppressive consequences of psychological theories, methods and practices – across developmental and educational psychology and health and social care settings. She has been involved in various feminist antiracist research projects on the intersections of state and interpersonal violence, as well the relations between culture, marginalisation and distress. She is also a Group Analyst (full member of the IGA) and registered member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP). Erica is an established published scholar, and is author of Feminists and Psychological Practice (SAGE);Deconstructing Feminist Psychology (SAGE); Deconstructing Developmental Psychology(Routledge); Developments: Child, Image, Nation (Routledge) and co-editor of Gender and Migration: Feminist Intervention (Zed) among others.
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