Educating for the Anthropocene: Schooling and Activism in the face of Slow Violence
Peter Sutoris, Environmental Anthropologist & Assistant Professor of Education, University of York, UK
Tuesday, November 15, 1:00-2:00pm EST
Education has never played as critical a role in determining humanity’s future as it does in the Anthropocene, an era marked by humankind’s unprecedented control over the natural environment. Drawing on a multisited ethnographic project among schools and activist groups in India and South Africa, Peter Sutoris explores education practices in the context of impoverished, marginal communities where environmental crises intersect with colonial and racist histories and unsustainable practices. He exposes the depoliticizing effects of schooling and examines cross-generational knowledge transfer within and beyond formal education. Finally, he calls for the bridging of schooling and environmental activism, to find answers to the global environmental crisis.
Peter Sutoris is an environmental anthropologist and Assistant Professor in Education at the University of York, UK. He’s the author of Visions of Development (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Educating for the Anthropocene (MIT Press, 2022). His current research focuses on imagination of alternative environmental futures, cultures of degrowth and activist pedagogies.