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Education Sciences Webinar | Critical Pedagogy and Climate Justice

Part of the Education Sciences Webinar series
17 Nov 2023, 18:00 (CET)

Critical Pedagogy, Ecopedagogy, Climate Crisis, Climate Justice, Anthropocene, Climate Activism, Education for Sustainable Development, Environmental Education, Sustainable Development Goals
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Welcome from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for joining our webinar. It is with a sense of growing urgency, and right after the hottest summer on record, that we are glad to host a discussion around a Special Issue of Education Sciences focused on the links between critical pedagogy and climate justice.

With discussions about climate justice gaining momentum, it is imperative that critical educators re-evaluate, broaden, and rearticulate the Freirean project and its long-standing concerns with social justice in order to strongly reconnect with the lived ecologies of the oppressed.

This is particularly important as discourses of environmentalism and environmental education risk otherwise to be subsumed in the neoliberal, neo-colonial technocratic status quo, in a sort of “pedagogical greenwashing”, while opportunities for radical social and educational transformation become foreclosed. The aim of this Special Issue is therefore to broaden the scope and space of critical pedagogical discourse and the development of related ideas.

Through this webinar, we will discuss more in-depth the urgency of this call, and initiate a conversation with potential authors.

Acknowledging the ongoing material imbalances shaping global publishing ecosystem, we will also dedicate substantial attention to the rationale for having an Open Access issue, and what we believe is an equitable compromise in terms of funding and access.

Speakers' Profiles

Dr. Luca Morini (Chair)

Dr. Luca Morini is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Global Learning (GLEA) of Coventry University. He holds a master’s degree in psychology and a Doctorate in Education and Communication, obtained researching into the social, cultural and pedagogical dynamics which occur in Do-It-Yourself amateur game design communities.

Luca is the Deputy Lead for GLEA's postgraduate programmes, promoting a flexible, reflective, and philosophically informed approach to doctoral education. His main areas of interest are co-creation (particularly through playful means), philosophy of research, critical pedagogy, doctoral education, and systems thinking. He has experience in qualitative research methodologies, particularly in participatory research and ethnography, seamlessly transversing online and offline spaces.

Luca has a record of publications, including peer reviewed journals, conference papers and book chapters, which touch on the diverse themes of digital and critical pedagogy, decolonisation, game design, human ecology, and research methodology.

Dr. Arinola Adefila

Arinola Adefila is the deputy director for the Staffordshire Centre for Learning and Pedagogic Practice. Arinola trained as a teacher and is a strong believer in the magical power of education to support transformative learning.academia. Arinola's research focuses on methods to enhance the transformative power of education by examining how suitable learning environments, facilitators, and resources can support diverse groups of learners. Dr Adefila's research currently examines how learning transforms individuals and societies and simultaneously, exploring how education policy and learning environments should be designed and structured to ensure learning is transformative.

Arinola has over 20 years research and consultancy experience in Africa and Europe. She has developed invaluable experience in research, evaluation, risk investigation, monitoring, and community/transdisciplinary education. Arinola has contributed to and established a range of initiatives and toolkits to enhance learning and pedagogy development as a teacher, researcher, mentor, and community leader. Arinola has volunteered in various organisations for over 20 years, including environmental, youth, development and health and social care.


Session I

Date: 25 October 2023


Time in CEST

Time in EDT

Luca Morini

Chair Introduction

1:30 - 1:35 pm

7:30 - 7:35 am

Arinola Adefila & Luca Morini

Introducing the call – The Urgency of bringing together Critical Pedagogy and Climate Justice

1:35 - 2:15 pm

7:35 - 8:15 am

Q&A on the call

2:15 – 2:30 pm

8:15 – 9:30 am

Luca Morini

On the submission process & funding – the rationale for OA

2:30 - 2:40 pm

9:30 - 9:40 am

Q&A on the process & funding

2:40 - 2:55 pm

9:40 - 10:55 am

Closing of Webinar

Luca Morini

2:55 – 3:00 pm

10:55 – 11:00 am

Session II

Date: 17 November 2023


Time in CET

Time in EDT

Luca Morini

Chair Introduction

6:00 - 6:05 pm

12:00 - 12:05 pm

Arinola Adefila & Luca Morini

Introducing the call – The Urgency of bringing together Critical Pedagogy and Climate Justice

6:05 - 6:45 pm

12:05 - 12:45 pm

Q&A on the call

6:45 – 7:00 pm

12:45 – 1:00 pm

Luca Morini

On the submission process & funding – the rationale for OA

7:00 - 7:10 pm

1:00 - 1:10 pm

Q&A on the process & funding

7:10 - 7:25 pm

1:10 - 1:25 pm

Closing of Webinar

Luca Morini

7:25 – 7:30 pm

1:25 – 1:30 pm

Webinar Recording

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Related Special Issues

Special Issue "Critical Pedagogy and Climate Justice"

Edited by: Dr. Luca Morini and Dr. Arinola Adefila

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024

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