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.