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Playing it by ear: Potential as an improvisatory practice

07 February 2024, 5:30 pm–7:15 pm

Two students reading textbooks outside in the park. Image: Zen Chung from Pexels

Join this event to hear Catherine Herring investigate the concept of potential through a Deleuzean lens, arguing that it is a creative process, rather than a fixed trait or characteristic.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Room C3.15
20 Bedford Way

Catherine will explore how improvisation is a way in which potential can be experienced.

She will also consider how changes to education practice – specifically a move towards a more mechanised, digitally-orientated world – might be irreconcilable with potential as a creative process of encountering.

This in-person event will be particularly useful for those interested in the philosophy of education, particularly with Deleuzean philosophy, and classroom practitioners and educational researchers who are interested in the idea of potential in students.

PESGB seminar series

This event is part of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) seminar series. PESGB is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. Its London Branch hosts seminars every Wednesday in conjunction with the Centre for Philosophy of Education. These seminars are led by national and international scholars in the field, covering a wide range of issues of educational and philosophical concern.

All are welcome to attend.

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About the Speaker

Catherine Herring

PhD student at UCL IOE

Her research is exploring concepts of mind, rhythm and rationality.

When she’s not playing with words, Catherine spends her time playing the drums, which she started learning alongside her PhD. She now plays with several bands in her home city of Bristol and is the resident drummer with the Bristol Improv Theatre.