Seminar – Education

Just came out of a seminar, the content of which i will unravel in the next few days.

It was on the topic of the ‘the Future of Ethnography’. But those less Anthropologically literate will be pleased to hear, that though it is the content i will muse over, its the actual occasion and experience i want to blog about and share.

Most people who know me, probably know what i get up to; an effort to enliven and question the aspects that feed into my education here at Kent, to make it the fullest experience for all.

The pessimist or perhaps better described, the outsider may get the impression that -whether valid or not- i seem to some degree to be on a crusade to (in Melissa’s words) “canabalize” those that went before me, which will be my own lecturers in hopefully not too distant a future.

OK. True i must admit i have those tendencies, however as this evening demonstrated to me, and i hope to demonstrate to you, the engagement my peers and myself seek is not of this variety.

So…. I partook in a seminar about a very significant aspect of Anthropology which is relevant to all -i could go into it for a lot longer but let me brashly leave it at the fact that Anthropology is about people so it is about/relevant us all- but returning to the point, it was in itself a lot more.

In first and second year i would ask A LOT of questions, and i would like to think them valid. This time i didnt have many questions to ask but much to listen too. But to actually get to the point, in light of this -even though not the most verbally evenly distruted conversation- almost  all staff and students of all levels were tuned in.

I entered a place where hierarchies of education, age difference and other things i cannot pinpoint right now, were not of consequence in their usual sense but brought their own benefits outside of their negative connatations when looked at from at least an egalitarian context.

Morehowever i witnessed and took part in education.

Now for ME to say that is significant. As an education activist and constant critique of university schooling from an Illician perspective, thats a statement. Just trust me if you dont know me.

It wasnt the most structured, coherent, summarisable, classically imagined thing. But in this case all that didnt matter.

It was great and had the aspect of factual learning (though gonna take a while to map out, unravel and yes, critique) but that was insignificant in comparison to the feeling and wisdom ( qualitative education?) i and hopefully othets gained.

Maybe just a personal point of development or a Seminal seminar