Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL) <p>Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly articles and essays that describe, theorise and reflect on creative adn critical teaching and learning practice in higher (university) education continentally and globally. The editors welcome contributions that are challenge hegemonic discourse and/or reconfigure higher education teaching and learning. We invite and well-researched, whether they are analytical, theoretical or practice-based, as well as contributions that deal with innovative and reflective approaches to higher education teaching and learning. We are particularly interested in articles that have relevance to the South African educational context.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> en-US (Daniela Gachago) (Mark Snyders) Fri, 29 Sep 2023 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 60 Introduction to CriSTaL Special Issue: Thinking with ocean/s for reconceptualising scholarship in higher education Nike Romano, Vivienne Bozalek, Tammy Shefer Copyright (c) 2023 Nike Romano, Vivienne Bozalek, Tammy Shefer Fri, 29 Sep 2023 00:00:00 +0000 An octo-aesthetic figuration for learning in times of crisis <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This theoretical paper mobilises a multi-modal figuration – octo-aesthetics – to argue for a transversal approach to HE (higher education) pedagogies appropriate to times of uncertainty. Using the eight independently thinking arms of the octopus as a guide, I deploy eight interrelated conceptual thinking aids to outline the relevance of an ethico-aesthetic paradigm to HE in times of individual, social, and environmental crisis. Deployed as speculative thinking aids, these octo- aesthetic figurations – schizoanalysis, bewilderment, shimmer, ecosophy, ecologicity, holobiont, trans-corporeality, and geontology – reclaim ‘vision’ and ‘objectivity’ from the disembodied all- knowing gaze of ‘Man’ and queer the central, and often unquestioned positions of privilege accorded to this viewpoint in humanist education systems. Calling into question anthropocentric binary/separatist humanist logics and assumptions of objective mastery, octo-aesthetic figurations reveal the onto-ethical outlines of a transversally situated learning modality that defies objectifying majoritarian modes of thinking/learning that are no longer appropriate to pedagogies in times of ecological calamity.</p> </div> </div> </div> Delphi Carstens Copyright (c) 2023 Delphi Carstens Mon, 25 Sep 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Meandering as learning: Co-creating care with Camissa Oceans in higher education <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This paper meanders with students from the Centre for Creative Education to understand care and our relationship with Camissa. The authors explore Slow scholarship and research-creation frameworks that disrupt practices which remain entrenched in colonial, anthropocentric and patriarchal systems. Apartheid is felt by Black and Brown bodies through exclusions from the ocean and other spaces. This paper explores how enquiries and innovations open spaces for lost care practices to be re-membered.</p> </div> </div> </div> Aaniyah Martin, Joanne Peers, Theresa Giorza Copyright (c) 2023 Aaniyah Martin Fri, 22 Sep 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Thinking with/in surfing: Podcasting as public pedagogy and scholarship in/for the global South <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This article introduces The Deep Duck Dive —a podcast engaging with the oceanic turn in the global South by focusing on issues that matter within surfing as a lifestyle sport. As co-hosts of the podcast, we have approached podcasting as forms of public pedagogy and public scholarship. Our aim is to increase the accessibility of scholarship and research by creating an alternative space for conversations with those outside of the academy. The article charts how we conceptualised and realised this podcast project as thinking with/in surfing. Within this epistemological approach, we seek to contribute to the intellectual currents of hydrocolonialism, hydrofeminism and critical surf studies, and to open our soundwork as an alternative pedagogical practice within justice-to-come public scholarship. To illustrate our podcasting style, reflexive of our positionalities as scholars and surfers, we have provided the transcript of our pilot episode.</p> </div> </div> </div> Glen Thompson, Karen Graaff Copyright (c) 2023 Karen Graaff, Glen Thompson Thu, 21 Sep 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Lalela uLwandle (Listen to the Sea): Interdisciplinary approaches and embodied engagements in thinking with ocean/s <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This article is a self-reflexive engagement on the performance, <em>Lalela uLwandle</em> (Listen to the Sea, 2019) created by the South African collective, Empatheatre. I engage with the performance in an affective and embodied way, commenting on my experience of watching myself, watching <em>Lalela uLwandle</em>. I ask how the performance contributes to knowledge production on the ocean, and how it might facilitate agentive engagements with its current health tragedy. To do so I examine the modalities employed in <em>Lalela uLwandle</em>: research-creation, empatheatre as methodology, indigenous storytelling and material aesthetics. I propose that, through its specific methodological framings and performance aesthetics, <em>Lalela uLwandle</em> repositions the (disconnected) audience member to reconnect with the human and the non-human. I suggest that the performance aesthetics enacted in the methodological approaches used by Empatheatre offer audiences an opportunity to acknowledge their own precarious construction in relation to the ocean by considering their historical entanglements with it.</p> </div> </div> </div> Abigail Wiese Copyright (c) 2023 Abigail Wiese Mon, 25 Sep 2023 00:00:00 +0000 Diffractive swimming: Learning though a Robben Island crossing <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This is an experimental piece following 30 years of implementation work in sexual and reproductive justice. In 2021, I started my PhD and wild water swimming. While separate initiatives, my time in the sea enabled deep, slow, focused diffractive process in which my thoughts, connections, obstacles, engagements, relationships, memories, and writing flowed with the human embodiment of ocean watery swimming. After my proposal was finalised, I ventured further, wanting to spend time swimming distances. I joined a group training to do a Robben Island crossing. This paper documents the slow journey of my mind and body in regular practice and process. I remember some who have passed on known and unknown as Robben Island evokes ideas of individual and collective struggle. On the day of the crossing, it was clear then cloudy and rough. I was left with mist and turbulence and yet, I came to shore and my PhD continues.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Marion Stevens Copyright (c) 2023 Marion Stevens Fri, 22 Sep 2023 00:00:00 +0000