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Research Conversations: Johnny Lupinacci

Scholar-Activism: Research as Praxis in Support of Democracy in Dangerous Times

Description: In this presentation, Lupinacci asserts that all research is political. Given the global challenges for social and environmental justice educators and researchers, he will discuss the importance of scholar-activism in education research in relationship to diversity, creative democracy, and sustainability. He draws from an ecocritical framework in education influenced by anarchism, ecofeminisms, critical animal studies, and abolitionist teaching. He emphasizes the need for scholar-activist research and teaching to expose human supremacy’s connection with hierarchized rationalization and justification of racism, sexism, ableism, and classism as cultural rather than given by nature. The stakes are high, and the capacity of the planet for sustaining life with respect to cultural and biological diversity depends upon future generations learning to live creatively, democratically, and at peace with diverse ecosystems. Offering more than just a critique of anthropocentrism and a discussion to better understand scholar-activism and research as radical praxis, Dr. Lupinacci will invite participants to discuss these very real threats and dangers, as well as the need for rigorous, thoughtful, respectful scholar-activism in solidarity with a myriad of ways folkx build communities. Together we can recognize, resist, and reconstitute education to include our more-than-human cohabitants and creatively reclaim democracies in favor of multispecies inclusion, equity, and justice.

 

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A handful of times each semester, we give some time to a faculty to share their research with the rest of us. These one-hour (max!) sessions are always very compelling.