new learning & teaching in media & cultural studies
Department of Critical & Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Friday November 21, 2008
Keynote speaker: Prof. Meaghan Morris, Lingnan University
As disciplines heavily invested in making sense of the contemporary world, media and cultural studies are constantly engaging with new examples, new technologies, new political contexts and even new theoretical paradigms. The progressive political ethos of many working in this field makes many of us sympathetic to pedagogical innovations that promise to shake up existing practices, hierarchies and conventions.
However, the new offers threats as well as opportunities to our disciplines. This colloquium will consider how we should teach media & cultural studies in a changing world of environmental crisis, globalization, continuing demands for social justice and rapidly changing communications technologies and practices. At the same time it will address the politics of “new pedagogies” in institutions preoccupied by audit & instrumental progressivism.
* How do we avoid being drawn into the hyperbolic claims of newness we use in our own learning grant applications – and continue to acknowledge the role of collaboration in developing innovative curricula?
* How can we use educational technologies without falling prey to utopianism or technological determinism?
* Can the “soft” money of learning and teaching initiatives and pilots be used to compensate for the long-term under-funding of Australian higher education?
* How do we recognise and reward excellence in teaching practices that are not new?
* How do we connect our educational innovations to our interest in social justice?
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