Bristol Conversations in Education - Biosocial Learning: the social and biological entanglements of learning
Professor Deborah Youdell
Room 4.10, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series.
Speaker: Professor Deborah Youdell, University of Birmingham
In this seminar I draw on my recent work exploring what happens when we think biosocially about education. I set out the case that learning is a complex biosocial phenomenon impacted by multiple social and biological influences and achieved through intra-acting processes and mechanisms that are trans-scalar, trans-domain, contextualized, and moving. This approach to understanding learning suggests an expansive array of productive forces; retaining sociological insights into discourse, subjectivation, relationality and pedagogic and institutional forms and practices and at the same time including in analyses new evidence from molecular biology, analytical chemistry, metabolomics, epigenetics and neuroscience. Joining together biological and sociological analyses, I suggest, allows us to avoid ‘nature versus nurture’ deadlocks and better understand the entanglement of institutions, social forms, practices, relationships and bodies and enables us to think differently about learning.