Adult Education and the ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Lifelong Learning

“Adult Education and the ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Lifelong Learning” by Dolors Ortega of the University of Barcelona, Spain, has been announced as a keynote to be presented at The 3rd Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2022) and The 3rd Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (BAMC2022).

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Adult Education and the ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Lifelong Learning

The specific objectives of adult education in Spain consist of developing programs and courses related to specific educational needs for excluded groups, as well as to develop people’s capacity to participate in social, cultural and political events within the paradigm of lifelong learning. However, what the following paper intends to claim is that the solution is not to integrate them or make them fit in the structure that oppresses them. What is required is to offer them a critical and reflexive education, and a pedagogy which liberates them to understand the nature of their oppression and act upon their vulnerability so as to transform it.

Adult education environments might potentially become unique spaces for social encounters and transformation, where a wide range of diversity of people build a network of effects by deluding the privilege-oppression matrixes and by raising awareness of alternative understandings of interdependence, by means of service-learning and active participation of its members, within the learning community. Our discussion will stem from a brief genealogy of adult education in Catalonia, to analyse the demands and challenges of the pedagogy of the oppressed of the 21st century within the framework of adult education. In order to do so, this paper will take CFA Rius i Taulet School for Adults as an example of an attempt to generate learning contexts which work towards a progressive social change.

Speaker Biography

Dolors Ortega
University of Barcelona, Spain

Dolors OrtegaDr Dolors Ortega Arévalo has been a lecturer of Literature in English at the University of Barcelona, Spain since the year 2010, teaching courses focused on Contemporary Fiction in English, Modernist and Postmodernist Literature in English, Medieval Literature, North American Contemporary Fiction, Shakespeare and Postcolonial Literatures, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She received her PhD from the University of Barcelona and she was awarded the European Doctorate Mention for her thesis "Deterritorialising Patriarchal Binary Oppositions: Deleuze, Woolf, Masculinities and Film Adaptation", after a year as a Visiting Doctoral Researcher under the supervision of Dr Humm at the University of East London, United Kingdom. Her research has focused mainly on Modernist writers, Gender Studies, Contemporary British Fiction, Film Adaptations, Postcolonial Literatures and the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. She has most recently been working on transnationalisms and hybridity and has published the prologue and only authorised annotated Spanish translation of F.S. Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon (2014) as well as the prologue of F.S. Fitzgerald’s Cuentos Rebeldes (2018). She is a member of the consolidated research group Ratnakara with its current project “Rhizomatic Communities: Myths of Belonging in the Indian Ocean World,” funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (PGC2018-095648-B-I00). She has been a member of the academic committee of the MA “Construcció i Representació d’Estudis Anglesos” of “Facultat Filologia i Comunicació de la Universitat de Barcelona”, and is currently a member of the executive committee of “Centre d’Estudis Australians i Transnacionals (CEAT)” and the Head of Studies of CFA Rius i Taulet School for Adults in Barcelona.

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