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ERIC Number: EJ1070581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Voices from the Past: On Representations of Suffering in Education
HÃ¥llander, Marie
Ethics and Education, v10 n2 p175-185 2015
How can the use of testimonies, as representations of suffering, be understood in education? What kind of potential can the use of testimonies have for pedagogical transformation? In this article, drawing on Mollenhauer and Sontag, I discuss the problem of representation as selection in education as it is easier to opt out of that which is difficult to face, to describe and to understand. As an alternative, I see what happens if representations of suffering are related to voices and remnants from the past, drawing on Agamben, and as something that stands between what is possible to say and what is impossible to say, in any language. The article also draws on Spivak's theory of a representational idea based on literary reading, hacking and suturing, which urges "us" to regard testimonies as relational and to listen to different voices from the past and to make room for them within our own language.
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Language: English
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