Adult and Higher Education in Queer Contexts: Power, Politics, and Pedagogy

 
9781931967143: Adult and Higher Education in Queer Contexts: Power, Politics, and Pedagogy

Adult and Higher Education in Queer Contexts: Power, Politics, and Pedagogy is largely the product of several years of research and scholarship that...provide[s] a conspectus of significant adult education work at the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity, variation, and expression. The chapters in this book are, like the concept Queer, eclectic, dynamic, flowing, turbulent, enraging, engaging, encompassing, unyielding, unapologetic, and still they provide just a limited purview of all that is Queer in adult and higher education, lifelong learning, culture, and society. Nevertheless, the sum of these chapters provides readers with an intricate and informative pathway to learn about Queer politics, culture, and sociality and to explore sexual minorities including lesbian, gay, Two-Spirit,1 bisexual, intersexual, transsexual, transgender, and Queer persons and their issues into the present moment. This collection explores identities, subjectivities, positionalities, and socialities that comprise the spectral and fluid nature of Queer. These aspects of Queer being, becoming, belonging, and acting in the world inform and energize a politics of hope and possibility that make Queer terrain a site of transgression and potential change in which social and cultural transformation are the primary composite goals.

In our writing, we tend to capitalize Queer to respect the spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities it is considered to include in the ebb and flow of sex, sexual, and gender differences. As you engage in what we hope will be a troubling trek through these chapters, we invite you to interrogate Queer oppression and disenfranchisement, as well as the exclusionary systems and traditions that sustain them. More importantly though, in the spirit of Paulo Freire s (2004) politics and pedagogy of indignation, we invite you to be open to being angry. We want you to use your anger, as Freire did, as a motivation for taking a stand and working for change. We want you to believe and insist that change is possible for Queers so we are respected, recognized, accepted, and accommodated (Grace & Wells, 2007). With delight, we introduce you to the chapters in this book as you begin your learning journey to enhance the motivation to know.

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Andre P. Grace, Ph.D., is McCalla Research Professor and Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services; ww.iSMSS.ualberta.ca; in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is Past President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education and Past Chair of the Steering Committee for the Adult Education Research Conference. Andre's work in educational policy studies primarily focuses on comparative studies of policies, pedagogies, and practices shaping lifelong learning as critical action, especially in the contexts of countries served by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Within this research he includes a major focus on sexual minorities and their issues and concerns regarding social inclusion, cohesion, and justice in education and culture. In national research projects, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he has used qualitative methodology focused on explorations of the self, others, and culture to examine the positionalities and needs of sexual-minority students and teachers. He has also studied educational interest groups in political analyses of their impacts on sexual-minority inclusion and accommodation in education and culture. Andre keeps his research and service in dynamic equilibrium. With Kristopher Wells, he is co-founder of Camp fYrefly, Canada's largest sexual-minority youth leadership camp, and he sits on the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Sub-Committee of the Alberta Teachers Association s Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights Committee.

Robert J. Hill, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Adult Education at the University of Georgia, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy. In 1993, he co-founded the Adult Education Research Conference Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies Caucus and, in 2003, the LGBTQ&A Pre-Conference. He is a past member of the AERC Steering Committee. Bob is editorin- chief of Convergence, the international journal of adult education, and an exofficio member of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), which he served as Vice President for North America. In 2007, Bob received a UGA Outstanding Teaching Award and, in 2008, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Fulfilling the Dream Presidential Award. Recently he has studied Native American lifeways with two Indigenous elders at the Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, and at Table Mesa, New Mexico, in the Navajo (Dine) Nation. He is an affiliate faculty member in the UGA Institute for Women's Studies and the Qualitative Research Certificate Program. His interests include public and social policy, anti-oppression education, race and gender in the workplace, sexual orientation and gender justice, human rights education, international adult education, environmental justice, activism as the practice of education, diversity instruction, educational work in social movements, and arts-based inquiry.

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