Imperfect Knowledge Workshop 

01Nov2018 15:00 - 17:30

Event

At this workshop, we examine the current scholarly and pedagogical preoccupation with the imperfect and the flawed. With: Tamar Stelling (De Correspondent), Annefleur Schep (IOOTCP), Rob Zwijnenberg (professor of Art/Science Interaction, Leiden U), Paul Iske (professor at Institute for Brilliant Failures), Ellen Rutten (professor of Literature/Sublime Imperfections project, U of Amsterdam)

In this age of rankings, ratings, and online success stories, we witness a rich anti-perfectionist counterdiscourse in teaching and research. Teaching experts find in a ‘pedagogy of imperfection’ a sorely-needed ‘humanness’ in education (Bali 2017). Student organizations praise ‘the imperfect student’ (UvA 2016). Scholars celebrate ‘brilliant failures’ (Iske 2018). Art teachers promote hacking – the exploration of weaknesses in (electronic and other) systems – as a tool for artistic research (Poppe 2013ff). And sociologists ask us to ‘embrace imperfection’ now that ‘[w]e have more access to information, more books, and more good science’ (Brown 2010).

At this workshop, we examine the current scholarly and pedagogical preoccupation with the imperfect and the flawed. Why do they flourish today? Which promises do teachers and scholars project onto the imperfect? Do failure and imperfection mean the same in the arts and in academia? Can artists teach scholars to engage with flaws more productively? Do advocates of imperfect teaching and failure see imperfection as an end in itself, or, ultimately, as tools for success? And how do pleas for a 'pedagogy of failure' relate to the logic of imperfection that currently thrives in other social domains – from marketing to (product and genetic) design?

With: Tamar Stelling (De Correspondent), Annefleur Schep (IOOTCP), Rob Zwijnenberg (professor of Art/Science Interaction, Leiden U), Paul Iske (professor at Institute for Brilliant Failures), Ellen Rutten (professor of Literature/Sublime Imperfections project, U of Amsterdam)

Where: VOX-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9, Amsterdam

Published by  ASCA