Learning Through Crisis Epistemologies: Recognising, Managing and Designing New Spaces and Bodies

  •  Wanchen Shi    


The Covid-19 crisis made spaces for people to immerse themselves in moments of reflection. The suspension of time, sites, and body mobility, the collapse of the past principles; as the macro learning environment has undergone unprecedented changes, how could people read and react to those changes? Learning at the university, almost all the students have to adopt an online format as a singular way to access higher education, which calls for more self-management capacities and learning autonomy. Bodily learning is crucial from the pedagogical perspective, drawing insights from The Affective Turn, where Clough (2008) took the human body as biomedia so as to affect learning and transform knowledge. This paper shines a light on the new bodies and spaces with inherent innovation potentiality. Based on the literature review chiefly from Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Culture Studies, this paper engages with four typologies of learning epistemology, nomad, heterotopia, liminality, and rhythm. Their essential characteristics, principles, and interpretations imply in-between and transformational traits, challenging the existing principles and being open to alternatives. They help evaluate the changes and foster our critical and creative learning in risk and crisis. Simultaneously, they serve as the theoretical foundation for the following innovation fieldwork.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-5250
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-5269
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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