Editors: Werner Friedrichs, Bamberg/Germany; Inken Heldt, Kaiserslautern/Germany; Noora Pyyry, Helsinki/Finland; Jan Löfström, Turku/Finland.
The Journal of Social Science Education will publish a Theme Issue on Post-Humanism in social science education (JSSE 1-2025). In this Call for Papers, we warmly invite readers to contribute to the issue!
The world is at a tipping point. The much-discussed Anthropocene (or ‘Chthulucene’; Haraway, 2015) points to a ‘quake in being’ (Morton, 2013). Whether or not one accepts the concept as a factual description of a new geological era, there is very little disagreement about the significant impact on the planet’s ecosystems that humans, or specific human-made systems, are responsible for: climate change, global warming, alterations to the Earth’s carbon and nitrogen cycles, ocean acidification, and catastrophic biodiversity loss (Crutzen & Stormer, 2000; Latour et al., 2018). Such trends can no longer be described as a crisis only but could be understood as a ‘bifurcation’ (Bonneil & Fressoz, 2017): a call to dislodge and critically re-think the premises of the modern (Western) human subjectivity. A re-orientation is needed in thinking of what it means to be human: a post-human de-centering of the autonomous knowing subject (Braidotti, 2019). Further, this entails a need to also critically examine what learning is and how it is realised in different situations, in the spirit of resisting the instrumentalization and economization of education.Read more about Post-Humanism and Social Science Education