Politics, Imagination, and the Problem of Antiquation

Embracing Old and New Materialisms


  • Jesse Bazzul University of Regina




Politics, Imagination, Science Education, Materialisms, Criticality, Post


Political imagination has never been more important, yet it is very often foreclosed in conservative educational spaces. It’s important to question the occlusion of political imagination from both science and education on a general level—something STEM-types are actively discouraged from thinking about. In order for education fields to progress and face the crises of our century there must be space to dream/think/imagine ‘the political’ along infinite horizons. This essay is an attempt to clear some space for political imagination by problematizing quick dismissals of older critical perspectives (e.g. materialisms), and suggests that any turn to ontology needs to be continually interpreted and politicized. Giving space to politics and imagination is vital as educators dream about different futures in the ruins of capitalism. This paper speaks to the ‘ontological turn’ that is still occurring in various academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Author Biography

Jesse Bazzul, University of Regina

Jesse Bazzul is associate professor of education at the University of Regina. His research interests include science and environmental education, ethics, and educational philosophy. Jesse thinks it's vitally important to view education as a transdisciplinary field, and that traditional social sciences have dominated the study of education for too many decades. Jesse is in the middle of co-editing an open access two-volume set entitled: Reimagining Science Education in the Anthropocene  (Palgrave MacMillan). Jesse is also the author of a forthcoming book called: An Intense Calling: How Ethics is the Essence of Education (University of Toronto Press).






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