UW–Madison’s Apple delivers keynote at Ireland symposium

UW–Madison’s Michael W. Apple, the John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, delivered a keynote address, titled “Spatial Politics and the Realities of Inclusion and Exclusion,” at the Spatial Turn for Equitable, Inclusive Systems in Education interdisciplinary symposium on June 5.

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The symposium, which took place at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland, aimed to gather interdisciplinary contributions exploring the concept of “space” for the development of equitable and inclusive systems in education.

A preview of the event explains that along with being linked to economic issues and poverty, marginalization “is also a spatial concept. It assumes distance and exclusion.”

Some questions the symposium explored include: “How can a spatial turn for education offer fresh insights for inclusion and exclusion in education, as well as for transitions?” As well as: “How can further shifts be developed from diametric spaces of exclusion, closure, power hierarchies, othering, system blockage, and fragmentation in and around schools, towards concentric spaces of inclusion, care, and openness?”

Apple is a renowned world scholar whose global impact is reflected in the multiple translations of his books and his international demand as a keynote speaker and progressive educator. He has lectures planned in London, Taiwan, and Portugal in the coming months.

Recently, a translation of his revised classic, “Education and Power,” was published in Brazil.

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