26 November 2013

Governing Through the Arts

The most recent published edition of European Education was the first part of a double issue on the topic of governmentality. Catarina Silva Martins has written a paper that looks at the way that current practice in arts education might actually be used to govern students. Catarina Silva Martins is an assistant professor in the faculty of fine arts at Oporto University in Portugal. She notes that "the way in which art education was incorporated into the schools was not totally independent from the emergence of new cultural practices that combined the government of all with the concerns of individuals' self-development." Catarina Silva Martins makes some interesting connections as she looks at the ingredients for "making the soul through art practices in school. We have reproduced the abstract of this paper below. If it piques your interest and you would like to read the entire paper or any other content from our journal, you can find out more about subscriptions at this page.
This paper aims to provide a platform for thinking about the presence of the arts in education at the present as a practice of governing. Through an analysis of the incorporation of the arts in the school curriculum we can see how this was a subject able to promote a political subjectivation of each child as citizen of the future. I focus on the arts in education as police technologies in the government of the child's soul. Police technologies give attention to the ways in which the child is fabricated as a moral, autonomous citizen.

05 November 2013

Religion, Governmentality, and Citizenship

Is religion a cultural practice, or can it be a technology used by government to control its citizen? This is the question explored by Ezequiel Gomez Caride in his paper "Governmentality and Religion in the Construction of the Argentinean Citizen" that was published in the first part of the European Education governmentality double issue. Gomez Caride is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his research interests include issues of national identity, religion, and educational policy. In this paper, he argues that "it is not possible to understand citizenship historically without exploring its religious principles ... these religious elements became a part of republican notions of citizenship and ideas of the nation ..." The abstract of the paper is reproduced below. If you would like to read the entire paper or any other content from our journal, you can find out more about subscriptions here.
Numerous studies regarding citizens' identity and nation-building issues have relegated the analysis of religion, understood as a cultural practice, and its role in the governing of the citizen. However, this article states that religious narrative is still a crucial technology of government to conduct the conduct of citizens. Through the Foucauldian notion of governmentality, I draw together the roles of religious discourses in three historical educational events from Argentinean history. In contrast to the secularization theory that ignores the power of religion in shaping the modern republican citizen, this study demonstrates the extent to which Catholic narratives are still a central technology in governing the Argentinean republican citizen.

23 October 2013

Table of Contents Volume 45 Number 3 (Fall 2013)

Governmentality (1): Governing in Curriculum and Making People

Editors' Preface to Special Guest-Edited Issue
Noah W. Sobe and Iveta Silova

Guest Editors' Introduction
Engaging in Foucault's Governmentality and Styles of Reasoning
Kenneth Petersson, Thomas S. Popkewitz, Ulf Olsson, and John B. Krejsler

One Kind of Human Being
MACOS, the Human Sciences, and Governmentality
John P. Ivens

Governing Equality
Mathematics for All?
Jennifer D. Diaz

Examining "The Police"
On Inclusion and "Investmentality" in Swedish Schooling
Martin Harling

The Arts in Education as Police Technologies
Governing the Child's Soul
Catarina Silva Martins

Governmentality and Religion in the Construction of the Argentinean Citizen
Ezequiel Gomez Caride

XXVI Conference 2014, Freiburg, Germany 10-13 June 2014

10 October 2013

Governing in Curriculum and Making People

The most recent edition of European Education is the first part of a double issue dealing with governmentality. The contributions arose from a research seminar held in April 2011 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. According to the organizers, this "seminar was organized around the notion of governmentality so as to direct attention to research that historicizes the conditions that make possible the objects of reflection and action related to schooling." Coming out of that seminar, this special double issue approaches research through playing with Michel Foucault's notion of governmentality. Guest editors Kenneth Petersson, Thomas S. Popkewitz, Ulf Olsson, and John B. Krejsler have just completed the first part which is titled "Govermentality (1): Governing in Curriculum and Making People." It contains a number of excellent papers with topics as diverse as the 1960s MACOS curriculum, the equal sign as a form of governmentality, "investmentality" in Swedish schooling, and the arts as governing children's souls. We certainly look forward to part two which will be published soon.