Institute of Education


VIRTUAL EVENT: Virtuosity and the singular voice in education

02 December 2020, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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What is the role of virtuosity in the study and practice of education?

This event is free.

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Alison Brady

For more information and to register for the event, please contact Alison Brady. 

‘Virtuosity’, associated with the singular voice, has come to be perceived as a vice. 

Reasons for this include a narrow understanding of inclusion and democracy, fetishisation of the ‘group’ within research culture, and the mechanical perfectionism driving performativity. 

In this webinar, Dr Ian Munday shows ways in which the singular voice (or performance) both resists the nihilism endemic in modern education and embodies educational values and virtues that demand recognition and affirmation. 

He also warns that there are dangers in unequivocal hospitality to virtuosity in education and reasons for being suspicious of the ‘virtuoso performance’.   


About the Speaker

Ian Munday

Senior Lecturer in Educational Philosophy at the School of Education, NUI Galway

Ian's research addresses philosophical ideas in regard to their relevance to the details of educational practice, particularly those concerned with teaching and learning.

His publications have focused on various approaches to performatives and performativities, demonstrating the significance of these ideas for education, as well as on themes of creativity and problem-solving.

He is currently Convenor of Network 13 Philosophy of Education at the European Educational Research Association and Convenor of the Irish branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.