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Exploring Rhuthmós as ethics, pedagogy and poetic dwelling in, and for, the University

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Thursday 23 May 2024

3.30pm - 5pm




Online via Teams, Online study



Join us on Thursday 23 May for this online guest lecture as part of the Higher Education Research Network (HERN) seminar series, presented by Dr Fadia Dakka, Birmingham City University.

In this seminar Dr Dakka will explore the philosophical, pedagogical, and ethical value of theorising the University as a rhythmic form. I will begin by revisiting the Greek etymology and evolving modern conceptualisations of rhythm, mobilising insights from the fields of literary studies, sociology and music. The ontological examination of rhuthmós will pave the way for a deeper and more creative exploration (and appreciation) of the shared aesthetic, spatiotemporal and ethico-pedagogical possibilities inherent in the University, here viewed and perceived as an existential form in motion. To explore the ethical and pedagogical affordances of rhuthmós as form of the University, I will be inspired by Rhythm Thinking, Resonance (Rosa, 2020) and Affinity (Mason, 2018), in search for new orientations and an alternative gaze on the complexities of contemporary University education.

Guest speaker

An image of Dr Fadia Dakka

Dr Fadia Dakka is Senior Research Fellow in Education in the School of Education and Social Work at Birmingham City University.

Her research in the field of Critical University Studies sits at the intersection of philosophy, sociology and theory of higher education. She explores how universities adapt, respond, survive and reproduce intense competition and commodification considering institutional and psychosocial levels of analysis and implications (e.g. mental health and wellbeing).

Event programme (online)

3.30pm: Welcome and introduction
3.40pm: Presentation by Dr Fadia Dakka
4.20pm: Q&A/discussion
5.00pm: Close

This event is hosted by the Higher Education Research Network, convened by Dr Naomi Hodgson.

Find out more about the Higher Education Research Network

Who is this event for?

Current staff Current students Researchers