A Sensory Experiment into Languages as (R)evolution



languages, phenomenology, indigenous, embodied, pedagogy


How are we informed and transformed by tuning into our relationships to land, emotions, relations, and bodies within our academic pathways into languages? In this paper, we tell a story of our journey, as scholars, into how languages relate to land, historicity, bodies, and the ecosophical concept of ubuntu. Our discussion brings in the temporal and spatial multi-disciplinary lineage of languages, as an open space to re-envision, re-experience, and re-engage with our academic writing in new and ancient ways. We use multimodal layers of language ontology—from ecological, physical, historical, and intercultural perspectives—as a decolonizing, pedagogical process of (re)covering humanness. We use the particular example of academic writing and reading as a sensory experience to dive into languages as ontological ways of becoming human. And because we are academics (or failed magicians) we try to provide insights into theoretical and practical ways to transform this conversation into pedagogy.

Author Biographies

Julie Vaudrin-Charette, University of Ottawa

Julie Vaudrin-Charette (Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa), grew up in Baie-Comeau, QC, on the unceded ancestral territory of the Innu nation. Her research focuses on languages, experiential learning, international education, indigenous ways of learning, and creative curriculum. She works as pedagogical advisor at a college in Quebec. Julie Vaudrin-Charette has an M.A. in communications from Université du Québec à Montreal and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education at University of Ottawa, co-directed by Carole Fleuret and Nicholas Ng-A-Fook. Jvaud073@uottawa.ca

Colin Beard, Sheffield Hallam University

Colin Beard is a Professor of Experiential Learning at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He has a PhD in Experiential learning, although originally trained as a zoologist. He is a UK National Teaching Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His interests lie in a multi-disciplinary understanding of human experiences in relation to learning.




How to Cite

Vaudrin-Charette, J., & Beard, C. (2016). A Sensory Experiment into Languages as (R)evolution. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 14(1), 128–144. Retrieved from https://jcacs.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/jcacs/article/view/40307



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