Political activism

The subproject on political activism employs the theoretical framing and philosophical vocabulary of Hannah Arendt that allow novel understandings of the possibilities and limitations of political action in the context of education.

The subproject aims to engage a number of key Arendtian notions, such as friendship, imagination, and collective responsibility, for addressing educationally the challenges of increasingly polarized democratic societies while avoiding the dangers of politicization of schools.

This project also seeks to outline pedagogically and normatively adequate ways to foster students’ political agency and a sense of community in contemporary democratic education.

Ivan Zamotkin is primarily responsible for the research in this subproject. See his bio.