Karl Kitching Abstract

TITLE: ‘What can research on education injustice represent? What does it do?’

In this paper, Karl will examine the lived ethics and politics of conducting and disseminating research on education and social injustice. It is possible to assert a set of normative, moral principles on research conduct and dissemination, and such principles are institutionalised in various codes. However, drawing on his research on racisms, religious discrimination and sexualities in Irish education contexts, Karl will outline how the lived everyday reality of research exceeds these principles in both creative and problematic ways. He will draw on Michel Foucault’s work on the normalising power of discourses, or bodies of knowledge, and Judith Butler on performative citation, to argue for a form of research community that practices intensive, yet open-ended analyses, which defy neat categorisations and reifications of dis/advantage apparent in education policy and practice. Finally, he will examine the merits of post-representational, feminist and Deleuzian research genres that ask not just what our research findings are, and perhaps more significantly, what our research does.



Dr Karl Kitching is lecturer in education in the School of Education, University College Cork. He is a Research Associate with the Institute of Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21) UCC, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the international journal Whiteness and Education. Karl’s publications include a book The Politics of Compulsive Education: Racism and Learner-Citizenship (published in Routledge paperback 2016) and a number of forthcoming articles on children’s and parents’ engagements with ethics and injustice within the majority Catholic Irish primary school system.



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