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Sleights of Pedagogy (Where Deleuze meets Kierkegaard)

Date & Time:
January 25, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SS 541
Ada Jaarsma is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities at Mount Royal University, where she teaches feminist philosophy, philosophy of science and critical theory. Her recent book, Kierkegaard after the Genome: Science, Existence and Belief in This World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), examines the existential stakes of epigenetics, placebos and scientific practices. 

“Beware the ‘heresy of the paraphrase.’” This warning, often raised by Kierkegaard scholars, flags the complexities of the figure of Socrates across Søren Kierkegaard’s writings: it is a heresy, on this account, to reduce the Socratic to any overly simplistic sketch. But what if the Socratic, read through Gilles Deleuze, invites or even demands certain heretical practices?  This talk will stage, and in turn solicit engagement with the designs, stylings and conceits at play within undergraduate classrooms. At stake will be the heretical possibilities of teaching itself (the collusions with students that some pedagogical designs depend upon; the sheer range of teaching styles that undergrads must navigate; the sleights of hand that are arguably at the heart of any Socratic scenario). In this interactive presentation, we’ll encounter an array of “heretical” approaches, both to teaching and to conceptualizing the dynamics of pedagogical practices. We may well find ourselves implicated in the various depictions of Socrates that we’ll examine.