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Thursday, February 6 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Politics of Evil in Social Studies

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What conceptions of evil do secondary school students hold, and why should we care? Students examine historical events rife with large-scale violence often labelled as evil (e.g., genocide) as well as political rhetoric that evokes evil, such as Reagan’s “evil empire” or G. W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil." This presentation reports on research with students after they took Social Studies 20-1, particularly how engaging with the idea of evil can both help and hinder their critical thinking. According to Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, language transforms how we interact with others, and "evil" is a powerful example of this phenomenon. I invite teachers to consider the "politics of evil"; i.e., the invocation of evil in political rhetoric against a person or group that (intentionally or not) stifles democratic debate, and can promote hate speech.

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Cathryn van Kessel

Emotions and Teaching In Support of Diverse World Views
Cathryn van Kessel is an associate professor at the University of Alberta in Secondary Social Studies Education. As a secondary school teacher, Cathryn taught junior and senior high social studies and Latin for a decade, and now teaches social studies curriculum and instruction classes... Read More →

Thursday February 6, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm MST
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  Social Studies / Études sociales  General Interest / Intérêt Général
  • Chairperson Isabel Rempel - Pembina Hills #22
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English