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ERIC Number: EJ850081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Education as Seance: Specters, Spirits, and the Expansion of Memory
Ruitenberg, Claudia
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v40 n3 p295-308 Jul 2009
In this essay I propose that education be conceived as seance: a place where ghosts are summoned in order that we may come to (speaking) terms with them. Against the backdrop of my own summoning of the ghosts haunting my childhood visits to a nearby castle, I draw on the work of Jacques Derrida to provide a theoretical rationale for the importance of spirits and ghosts. The concepts of inheritance and hospitality place a central role in understanding how to come to terms with ghosts. I conclude with a reflection on the summoning of ghosts in education, and the role of the curriculum as medium in this seance.
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Language: English
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