Preface : Disjuncture

Perselli, Victoria (2016) Preface : Disjuncture. In: Perselli, Victoria, (ed.) Education, theory and pedagogies of change in a global landscape: interdisciplinary perspectives on the role of theory in doctoral research. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. vx. ISBN 9781137549228


This poem replaces the conventional Preface in my edited volume on theories in education. As such it makes a political and methodological statement concerning what counts as 'research' in the social sciences and liberal arts. It connects to my introductory chapter where I reflect on the various modalities that contributors operationalised in order to connect with the a wider readership and find appropriate means of expression for their work, such as a two act play, readers' theatre and practice-as-research. The poem is a highly abstracted reflection on fragmentation, care for the self (Foucault) and the paradox of the private/public in education. It draws on various unspecified artworks and the opera Bluebeard's Castle, by Bella Bartok.

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