Education Beyond the Human: CIES 2020
How should education respond to a world of shifting planetary boundaries, collapsing ecosystems, and emerging visions? How might we learn from this uncertain time to construct new comparative genres that extend beyond mere reruns of Western metaphysics (and Western Man)? What education policies, practices, and pedagogies can help re-situate the human within the relational flow of life where everyone and everything – both human and non-human – are deeply interconnected? How can comparative education bridge multiple worldviews – and hence worlds – to turn divides into living contrasts that illuminate our everyday entanglements? CIES 2020 invites the comparative education community and our colleagues in related fields – scholars, artists, policymakers, development aid professionals, and education practitioners alike – to step up to the planetary challenges we face and explore a broad range of questions pertaining to the adequacy of our vocabularies, theories, methods, practices, movements, and ways of being in these precarious times.