Imagining Education: An Arendtian Response to an Inmate's Question

  • Karen Ann Meyer University of British Columbia Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Lynn Fels Simon Fraser University

Abstract


This article responds to a what if question regarding education raised by a woman inmate. Emerging in the midst of a research project with women in prison, the unexpected question haunts the two authors, both educational researchers, who in turn reconsider education’s role in difficult circumstances. For guidance, the authors turn to Hannah Arendt’s concept of natality as the capacity to renew, and Natasha Levinson’s claim that its preservation is critical to education. The authors examine the gap between past and future as a potential space to imagine education otherwise, both within the project and the larger perspective of education.

Author Biographies

Karen Ann Meyer, University of British Columbia Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Associate Professor

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Lynn Fels, Simon Fraser University

Assistant Professor

Arts Education

Published
2014-05-06
How to Cite
Meyer, K. A., & Fels, L. (2014). Imagining Education: An Arendtian Response to an Inmate’s Question. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 36(3), 298-316. Retrieved from https://journals.sfu.ca/cje/index.php/cje-rce/article/view/1207
Section
Articles