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Cosmopolitics of Place: Towards Urban Multispecies Living in Precarious Times


Duhn, I, Cosmopolitics of Place: Towards Urban Multispecies Living in Precarious Times, Reimagining Sustainability in Precarious Times, Springer Nature, K Malone, S Truong, T Gray (ed), Singapore, pp. 45-60. ISBN 978-981-10-25488 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-10-2550-1


This chapter aims to spur new imaginations in education by exploring possibilities for urban more-than-human living in cities. By working with the concept of cosmopolitics (Latour, 2004a; Stengers, 2010) as a device that creates hesitation by questioning assumed shared understandings without offering alternatives and solutions, the chapter assembles diverse elements in an attempt to create a cartography of urban place-making. For education and sustainability the overarching question that cosmopolitics poses is about assemblage: how can we learn to make places for living well, and sustainably, together with humans, more-than-humans, and vibrant matter of all kinds (Bennett, 2004; Duhn, 2012; S. Hinchliffe, Kearnes, Degen, & Whatmore, 2005)? Cosmopolitics in education problematises what it means to live well together by challenging the utopian desire for harmonious cosmopolitanism as an ideal (Todd, 2010b). Cosmopolitics as a tool for building places for diverse living together works by slowing down perception, opening up spaces for that which cannot yet be perceived, and persisting with ongoing open-ended engagement with difference as an ethical endeavour. Cosmopolitics offers the possibility of reimagining place as an open-ended ethical pedagogical multispecies encounter where shared worlds are made (Bear, 2011; van Dooren & Rose, 2012)

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:urban environment, multispecies
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Early childhood education
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental education and awareness
UTAS Author:Duhn, I (Professor Iris Duhn)
ID Code:150981
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-07-08
Last Modified:2022-07-15

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