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28 October 2020
Bernard Stiegler and Education: Experiments in Negentropic Knowledge
This call for papers asks philosophers of education from different countries who are familiar with Bernard Stiegler’s work to apply his concepts to their own milieu, that is to explore locality as the primordial condition of negentropy. As locality or ethos is the site of ethical life, and as ethical life can only be conserved in a local open system, the premise of the special issue is to develop new forms of negentropic bifurcation or thinking, new forms of invention, and new ways to reorganise education: it is to understand the open as such. The ideal behind the project is Stieglerian in essence: it is to realign thought in the time of the ascendency of technological and cybernetic modes of thinking, in the time of automatic thought and control. Writers are asked to consider the root and branch reopening of knowledge, the return to the base of knowledge, an epoché of established modes of thought. But as technological forms of thinking also afford us the opportunity to think about the possibility of the nature of planetary thinking as such, and as planetary thinking in its turn helps us to consider the possibility that technology may well allow for the radical redistribution of wealth, which is to say, the redistribution of knowledge wealth, that is wealth understood not solely in monetary terms but also in educational terms, we are invoking a utopian principle, that is posing the question of the communal and universal redistribution of the wealth of knowledge to all – to insist all belongs to all. We are thus concerned with the reclaiming of technology in the name of the radical redistribution of wealth and asking for hybrid, local experiments in the transformation of knowledge. This is to conceive of the possibility that education can be radically reformed to allow all to participate. This is a Stieglerian battle cry of sorts: to understand the pharmacology and the promise of technology. We are asking for the opening of thought to allow for the unanticipated to emerge.
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Final papers for peer review should be no more than 6,000 words in length, including references. Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors, sample issues, and other relevant information is available on the EPAT website https://pesa.org.au/our-publications.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joff P.N. Bradley. In the first instance, please send an abstract by August 28, 2020 to Joff P.N. Bradley.
Please submit papers electronically by October 28th, 2020.
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