Ecologies in Learning and Practice: Arts Interventions in the Earth Crisis

Matthews, Miranda, ed. 2025. Ecologies in Learning and Practice: Arts Interventions in the Earth Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan. [Edited Book] (Forthcoming)

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This book will bring together arts educators, practice researchers, curators and artists to explore ecological approaches to learning, working, gathering awareness and assembling protest in times of Earth crisis. The Centre for Arts and Learning (CAL) at Goldsmiths, University of London, has developed a programme of research events, projects and international connections that will correspond with the interests of current readers of the Palgrave Studies in Educational Futures series, and reach into spaces of new audience potential. Each of the chapters submitted will bring new ecological understandings of different learning processes that are seen as having the potential for enabling lifelong and community changing ecological interventions. Contributing authors include internationally renowned arts educators and arts collectives, also emerging and innovative practice researchers. They will bring to this collection the ‘differential forces’, ‘singularities’ and ‘multiplicities’ (jagodzinski 2018, 13) of particular explorations and challenging arts practices.

Readers will be supported and encouraged in their own ecological practices, by arts educators working on ecologies in practice research, in universities, with schools, with visitors to theatres, gallery and museum audiences, and arts practice in community settings. This book will assist sustainable working practices for communities and environments that have been compromised, and increasingly devastated, by the effects of the Anthropocene.
This book will be distinctive in the field of ecological arts practice research literature, as it will demonstrate, and help readers to create, new ways of synthesizing ecological theory, practice and research. The contributors are all at the vanguard of their fields, and pursuing vocal, inspiring, and challenging ways of ensuring the Earth’s sustainable future.

The editorial ethos argues for expanded, heterogeneous, inclusive and decolonizing arts practice that recognises the histories and knowledges of local communities, global indigenous and diasporic peoples. This book will centralize the importance of dialogical, compassionate pedagogies that bring healing and practical approaches to readers, connecting with their fluid self-defining identities in practice and theory.

Contributing authors are focusing on creative ways of addressing the causes of Earth crisis, as well as discussing ways of practicing local interventions that nurture more harmonious and less wasteful relationships between humans, other-than-humans, and the more-than-human environment.

There is a thirst and urgent need for supportive strategies, practical and pragmatic approaches, and narratives of bravery and change, in making interventions that help to tackle eco-anxiety and feelings of incapacity. This book will equip and energize readers, offering sustenance for their ecologies in practice and learning in all artforms.

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Educational Studies > Centre for the Arts and Learning
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