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Language, Democracy and Public Education Centre for Public Education & Pedagogy Seminar Series – Semester II 2018/19

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In this presentation, Dr Mundy will look critically at ways in which a particular kind of language, one replete with acronyms, technical terminology and sloganeering, has come to form (or deform) the notion of an educated public. Moreover he shall consider ways in which this language prescribes what is “public” about public education and explore how surreptitiously imposed linguistic constraints present complex problems pertaining to democracy. He shall argue for a public philosophy that is attuned to the language of education and treats it as a central field of concern. Furthermore, Dr Mundy shall suggest that a democratically oriented public philosophy that is tone deaf to linguistic matters is in danger of unwittingly reinforcing a democratic deficit as regards education. These issues will be explored with reference to educational initiatives such as Philosophy for Children

Speaker Dr. Ian Mundy, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education, School of Education, NUI Galway

Ian Mundy’s background is in philosophy and English literature. He obtained a PhD in philosophy of education on the topic of performatives and performativities in education. Ian is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Educational Philosophy in the National University of Ireland Galway. His research focuses on the language of education, creativity and problem solving. Ian is Convener of the philosophy of education network at the European Conference on Educational Research.

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