Hybrid Energies and Mutant Forms. Being the confessions of a pedagogical misfit. Image source: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-08-01/ex-straw-minate-giant-dalek-sculpture-invades-cheshire- field.
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Being the confessions of a pedagogical misfit
Image source: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-08-01/ex-straw-minate-giant-dalek-sculpture-invades-cheshire-field
*’Hero’ as in ‘the main character or protagonist in a story’, not as in a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities’ (OED)
Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare (1781)
1999: begins to teach at UH
Practice-based students working in interactive media, animation, etc.
Challenge to prior expectations of learning in higher education
Beginning of a shake-up of subject knowledge and pedagogical approaches: ‘Only connect.’
Gandalf – never a teacher at UH, and yet…
‘…being interdisciplinary — breaking out of the prison houses ofour various specialitiesto the open range first of a general human knowledge and then of the employment of that knowledge in the great struggles of social and political life — is not a possible human achievement. Being interdisciplinary is more than hard to do: it is impossible to do.’
(Fish, 1991: 106)
John Keats– Negative Capability: in a letter to his brothers in Dec 1817: ‘when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason’ (Gittings, 1977: 43)
Marshall McLuhan: ‘The hybrid or the meeting of two media is a moment of truth and revelation from which new form is born… The moment of the meeting of media is a moment of freedom and release from the ordinary trance and numbness imposed by them on our senses.’ (McLuhan, 1994: 55)
Out of chaos, connections…
What have I done? (And what am I going to do?)
Chickering, A.W., and Gamson, Z.F. (1987) ‘Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education.’’ American Association of Higher Education Bulletin. Vol. 39. No.7. 3-7
Fish, S. (1991) ‘Being Interdisciplinary Is So Very Hard to Do.’ Issues in Integrative Studies. No. 9. 99-112.
Gittings, R., ed. (1977) Letters of John Keats. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hayles, N.K. (2002) Literary Machines. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Joyce, T. (1995) Of Two Minds: Of Hypertext Pedagogy and Poetics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan.
McLuhan, M. (1994, orig. 1964) Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. London and Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.