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Webinar details:

Thursday 1 December 2022
16:00-17:30 BST

Thinking about education differently: Education as self-formation, as commoning activity and without schools

In this seminar, I present and summarise a set of related arguments taken from two papers: 1. ‘Against schools: an epistemological critique’ (with Stephan Ball); and 2. ‘Beyond School. The challenge of co-producing and commoning a different episteme for education’. In both papers, we use concepts from Foucault, Olssen, Lewis and others to find inspiration from and an accommodation between Foucault’s self-formation and communing, a practice of collaborating and sharing to meet the everyday needs and well-being of individuals, communities and environments. This, we argue, offers new ways to think about education beyond the modern episteme.

Speaker: Jordi Collet-Sabé is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education, University of Vic-UCC. Jordi does research in Sociology of Education; family, school and community relationships; education inequalities; and Education Policy. He was the Vice-rector of Research (2019 – 2022).

Chair: Rita Nikolai, University of Augsburg, Germany


Andrew Wilkins, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Brad Gobby, Curtin University, Australia

Rita Nikolai, University of Augsburg, Germany

Amanda U. Potterton, University of Kentucky, US


Education Policy Futures (EPF) is a non-affiliated, independent, global forum dedicated to fostering debate and collaboration among educators and researchers interested in the geopolitics of education policy futures.

EPF is critical of accounts that either overestimate the coherence of political programmes, underestimate the capacity of actors and organisations to resist those programmes, or reduce political and social change to a residual effect of undifferentiated power structures and relations, including global hegemonic projects and governmental rationalities.

Instead, EPF encourages thinking and debate on the intensity and fragility of education policy making as the unique product of intermediating actors, networks and projects.

EPF therefore is philosophically committed to post-positivist analyses and methodologies that capture the contestability and revisability of education policy futures.

Relatedly, EPF advocates for progressive social change leading to more radical and equitable forms of education around the globe. To this end, EPF encourages, where possible, the practical use of theory as strategic vantage points through which to reimagine and transform education policy futures.

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