Around the world, curriculum – hard sciences, social sciences and the humanities – has been dominated and legitimated by prevailing Western Eurocentric Anglophone discourses and practices. Drawing from and within a complex range of epistemological perspectives from the Middle East, Africa, Southern Europe, and Latin America, this volume presents a critical analysis of what the author, influenced by the work of Sousa Santos, coins curriculum epistemicides, a form of Western imperialism used to suppress and eliminate the creation of rival, alternative knowledges in developing countries. This exertion of power denies an education that allows for diverse epistemologies, disciplines, theories, concepts, and experiences. The author outlines the struggle for social justice within the field of curriculum, as well as a basis for introducing an Itinerant Curriculum Theory, highlighting the potential of this new approach for future pedagogical and political praxis.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Critical Surge Within the Critical Approaches 2. Epistemicides and the Yoke of Modernity: Coloniality of Knowledges and of Beings 3. The Idea of Africa or Africa as an Idea 4. The Islamic Conundrum. Lost (of) History or History Lost 5. Oh, Oh Is S/he European? What a Most Extraordinary Thing. How Can One Be European? 6. To Deterritorialize: Working Towards an Itinerant Curriculum Theory 7. Towards an Alternative Thinking of Alternatives 8. Conclusion: Itinerant Curriculum Theory: A Reiteration
João Paraskeva is Professor and Chair of the Department of Education Leadership and Program Director of the EdD PhD in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA, USA.