Educational Consciousness: Breaking Open the Category of Knowledge in Footscray

  • Karen Charman
  • M Dixon
  • R Bellingham
  • M Thomas
Keywords: knowledge, educational consciousness, publicness, public pedagogy


This article is the beginning of a theoretical reading of a project undertaken by the Public Pedagogies Institute a Pop Up School and Educational Consciousness. Drawing on Biesta’s notion of publicness we initially describe the Pop Up School event. We argue that in this project we look to extend the way the knowledge profile of an area can be more fully informed by turning to the community itself for their articulations and representations of their knowledge. When then offer distinct readings of this research/public event with Deleuze and Barad as they offer a dynamic engagement with knowledge. The paper then moves between the small space of the public event and the larger space of Footscray through Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cosmologies and pedagogies. Time is called then into play as a psychoanalytic reading of Footscray, memory and knowledge are read from the interview data. The final steps bring Footscray sharply through time with a reading of ‘consumptionscapes’ of Footscray knowledge.
How to Cite
Charman K., Dixon M., Bellingham R., & Thomas M. (2017). Educational Consciousness: Breaking Open the Category of Knowledge in Footscray. Journal of Public Pedagogies, (2).