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CWGS Faculty Development Program Lecture Series - Fikile Nxumalo (Education)

Tue, February 13, 2018 | Glickman Conference Center (CLA 1.302B), UT Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Fikile Nxumalo Flyer
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Situating Early Childhood Education in the Anthropocene

 This presentation engages with possibilities for interrupting absences in dominant nature education for young children. In particular, Dr. Nxumalo considers Indigenous and Black feminist onto-epistemologies that provide openings for situated, non-anthropocentric and speculative nature pedagogies for young children living and learning in damaged landscapes. Drawing from recent and ongoing research, she discusses how early childhood educators might engage these ideas in their everyday practices with young children, including the ethical potentials of doing so within the ongoing and interconnected conditions of anthropogenic environmental damage, settler colonial inheritances and anti-blackness.



Fikile Nxumalo is an assistant professor in Early Childhood Education in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also affiliated faculty with African and African Diaspora Studies, and Native American and Indigenous Studies. Her research interests are centered on environmental and place-attuned early childhood studies that are situated within and responsive to young children’s uneven anthropogenic and settler colonial inheritances.



Sponsored by: CWGS

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