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Cosmopolitics of Place: Towards Urban Multispecies Living in Precarious Times

Duhn, I ORCID: 0000-0003-3430-0717 2017 , 'Cosmopolitics of Place: Towards Urban Multispecies Living in Precarious Times', in K Malone and S Truong and T Gray (eds.), Reimagining Sustainability in Precarious Times , Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 45-60.

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This chapter aims to spur new imaginations in education by exploring possibilities for urban more-than-human living in cities. By working with the concept of cosmopolitics (Latour, 2004a; Stengers, 2010) as a device that creates hesitation by questioning assumed shared understandings without offering alternatives and solutions, the chapter assembles diverse elements in an attempt to create a cartography of urban place-making. For education and sustainability the overarching question that cosmopolitics poses is about assemblage: how can we learn to make places for living well, and sustainably, together with humans, more-than-humans, and vibrant matter of all kinds (Bennett, 2004; Duhn, 2012; S. Hinchliffe, Kearnes, Degen, & Whatmore, 2005)? Cosmopolitics in education problematises what it means to live well together by challenging the utopian desire for harmonious cosmopolitanism as an ideal (Todd, 2010b). Cosmopolitics as a tool for building places for diverse living together works by slowing down perception, opening up spaces for that which cannot yet be perceived, and persisting with ongoing open-ended engagement with difference as an ethical endeavour. Cosmopolitics offers the possibility of reimagining place as an open-ended ethical pedagogical multispecies encounter where shared worlds are made (Bear, 2011; van Dooren & Rose, 2012)

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Duhn, I
Keywords: urban environment, multispecies
Publisher: Springer Nature
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