Presented by: Mindy Blaise (Victoria University, AUS) & Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw (Western University, CAN)
Mindy and Veronica are co-founders (with Affrica Taylor) of the Common Worlds Research Collective. Based on feminist politics and ethics, this interdisciplinary network of researchers are concerned with our relations with the more-than-human world.
We approach our lives as situated and embedded in ‘common worlds’ (Latour, 2004). The notion of common worlds is an inclusive, more-than-human one. It helps us to avoid the divisive distinction that is often drawn between human societies and natural environments. By re-situating our lives within indivisible common worlds, our research focuses upon the ways in which our past, present and future lives are entangled with those of other beings, non-living entities, elements, forces, discourses, and landforms.
We are involved in two strands of inquiry. One strand experiments with feminist common worlds methods. The other strand features inquiries into children’s common worlds relations with place, materials, and with other species.
Our seminar draws from data generated from a movement inquiry that took place in an early childhood centre in Canada. We will use this to illuminate how feminist materialist movement pedagogies can be enacted in practice. In particular we will show how feminist movement pedagogies are part of a wider gender politics; how they unsettle foundational and developmental thinking; and what they offer the field of early childhood education.