IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


The concept of educative experience in Walter Benjamin's critical theory

19 June 2019, 5:00 pm–7:15 pm

Walter Benjamin

Following a revival of interest in a theory and practice of learning influenced by the critical theory of Walter Benjamin, Matthew Charles (University of Westminster) proposes to examine Benjamin's philosophy of education through the focus of his concept of educative experience.

This event is free.

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Judith Suissa


Room 828
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

The centrality of Walter Benjamin's 'educative experience' concept differentiates his work from other critical theorists, suggesting points of contact with the liberal and pragmatic tradition, while pointing to a distinctive practice of teaching and learning (transdisciplinarity, teaching-led research, mimetic education). Nonetheless this concept needs to be problematized, it will be cautioned, in light of changed political and historical circumstances. 

All are welcome to join this Philosophy at the Institute of Education seminar; booking is not required.


About the Speaker

Matthew Charles

Senior lecturer at the School of Humanities, University of Westminster

Matthew is the author of a forthcoming book 'Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe', the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, forthcoming entries on Walter Benjamin for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and chapters and articles on critical theory and education in the Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, Pedagogies of Disaster, New German Critique, Boundary Two, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Pedagogy, Culture and Society and Radical Philosophy. His next book, to be published in Punctum’s Risking Education imprint, is on the ‘educational grotesque’.