Education, Knowledge and the Righting of Wrongs


  • Vanessa de Oliveira (Andreotti) University of Oulu


modernity, knowledge, humanity, justice


In this paper, I present four metaphors or narratives that unapologetically raise “a thousand questions” about education and do not provide any clear cut answers. My intention is to raise the stakes in our collective struggle with the joys, challenges and dilemmas involved in enacting education beyond historical patterns that have cultivated unsustainable and harmful forms of collective relationships and have limited human possibilities for imagining (and doing) otherwise. My own focus in this paper is concerned particularly with the urgency of imagining education in ways that can pluralize possibilities for relationships in the present with a view of pluralizing possibilities for collective futures (Nandy, 2000) that may enable a “non- coercive relationship with the excluded ‘Other’ of Western humanism” (Gandhi, 1998, p. 39).

Author Biography

Vanessa de Oliveira (Andreotti), University of Oulu

Vanessa de Oliveira (Andreotti) is a Professor of Global Education at the University of Oulu in Finland. Her research background is inter-disciplinary and informed by postcolonial, (post)critical and poststructural theories. Her research focus is on building bridges between contemporary theories and debates around globalization and diversity, and pedagogical practices. She is also interested in indigenous/aboriginal studies and education.



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