Michael Peters: "Language and Autonomy: Maori Oral Communication"

  • Date: –18:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - Eng2-1022
  • Organiser: Department of Philosophy, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Department of Literature
  • Contact person: Don Kulick, Hugh Beach, Sharon Rider, Mats Rosengren
  • Seminarium

The General Seminar in Rhetoric and The Higher Seminar in Philosophical and Rhetorical Anthropology

Michael Peters, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & Waikato University: "Language and Autonomy: Maori Oral Communication"

The movement towards pragmatic language testing of minority languages has in effect emphasised survival skills in a foreign culture, whereas the assessment of oral Maori, where Maori are living their culture, demands a culturally appropriate style of assessment, one that respects Maori traditions of knowledge, if the results are to say anything about competence within the relevant linguistic community. This paper discusses Maori education in New Zealand as an illustration of a larger question concerning the relationship between language and autonomy.

Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at Waikato University, Emeritus Professor of Educational Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Adjunct Professor in the School of Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the School of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou University. He previously held a personal chair at the University of Auckland, NZ (2000–03) and was Research Professor at the University of Glasgow, UK (2000–05). His research interests are in educational philosophy, theory and policy studies with a focus on the significance of both contemporary philosophers (Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Heidegger) and the movements of poststructuralism, critical theory and analytic philosophy to the framing of educational theory and practice. He is also interested in philosophical and political economy questions of knowledge production and consumption. His major current projects include work on distributed knowledge, learning and publishing systems, and 'open education'. He has acted as an advisor to government on these and related matters in Scotland, NZ, South Africa and the EU. He is the author and editor/co-editor of over sixty books, including Education Philosophy and Politics: Selected Works of Michael A. Peters (Routledge, 2011); Leo Strauss, Education and Political Thought (Rowman and Littlefield, 2011); Governmentality Studies in Education (Sense, 2009); Showing and Doing: Wittgenstein as a Pedagogical Philosopher (Sense, 2008); Building Knowledge Cultures: Education and Development in the Age of Knowledge Capitalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006); Heidegger, Education and Modernity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002); Richard Rorty: Education, Philosophy and Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001). Professor Peters is a lifelong Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of Humanities, an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Royal Society, and a life member of the Society for Research in Higher Education (UK), and the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.

Seminar Chairs for the Higher Seminar in Philosophical and Rhetorical Anthropology

- Don Kulick, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

- Hugh Beach, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

- Sharon Rider, Department of Philosophy

- Mats Rosengren, Department of Literature