Teaching Sustainability and Climate Justice in Catastrophic Times: Journaling in the Pluriverse, Joan Greer
In Pluriverse. A Post-Development Dictionary (2019) we are invited as readers “to join in a deep process of intellectual, emotional, ethical, and spiritual decolonization”. The visions and practices associated with the Pluriverse “are about recognizing the diversity of people’s views on planetary well-being and their skills in protecting it”. My question: can journal writing and creative mark-making (text or image) in higher education provide a pluriversal form of generative thinking that can help respond to the above challenges of comprehensive decolonization and planetary well-being while contributing to student health and resilience?
Joan E. Greer, PhD Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (Professor, University of Alberta) Teaches: the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture. Research/Research Creation: engages with issues of artistic identity, landscape art, animal studies, and ecological envisioning; historically and in contemporary art and design; with special interest in The Netherlands and Belgium.
Opening Doors to Creativity: Journal Keeping, Marjorie Kanter
My paper will present three maxims and a process for developing these skills for journal keeping and life writing. The maxims are: Attention and Notice, Accurate Recording and Playfulness. I will present activities and processes in these three areas.
Marjorie Kanter writes, installs site specific words, leads interventions/participant performances and gives creativity writing workshops. Her short literary pieces, poem-like, sparked from real life experience, often highlight issues of in/communication. Her work has autobiographical, ethnographical and socio-cultural aspects. Often a very small insignificant event is presented for reflection on larger themes." She is author of I displace the Air as I Walk, Small Talk and Field Notes/Notas de Campo (Spanish/English). www.marjoriekanter.com