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Acknowledging Ambivalence in Teaching about Art and Aesthetics

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Daniel Brodén
Publicerad i Educational Theory
Volym 70
Nummer/häfte 1
Sidor 31-42
ISSN 0013-2004
Publiceringsår 2020
Publicerad vid Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion
Sidor 31-42
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1111/edth.12404
Ämnesord educational philosophy, aesthetics, subjectification, Gert Biesta, Jacques Ranciere, Education & Educational Research
Ämneskategorier Filosofi


In this article Daniel Broden explores the ambivalence in teaching about art and aesthetics in the humanities. By comparing and contrasting Gert J. J. Biesta's educational theory and Jacques Ranciere's writing on aesthetics, he hopes to bring some of the particularities of aesthetic experiences into focus and to discuss a tension in educational situations that concern students' interpretation of aesthetic texts: how the teacher, on the one hand, will serve as a representative for a formal system of education - or what Ranciere calls a system of inequality - and, on the other hand, should respect the autonomy of the aesthetic experience. Broden argues, however, that more interesting than the ambivalence itself is the question of how we can acknowledge this tension in productive ways. Thus, his aim here is to show how the teacher can contribute to the verification of an interpretive approach to art, with Ranciere's axiom of equality in mind. Drawing on Biesta's writings, Broden also highlights how the teacher can provide students with possibilities to pursue a subject-ness and how the risks involved call for a deconstructive approach to the enactment of teacher power. The article concludes by suggesting that we would do better not to view the ambivalence in focus as a problem, but instead to see it as something that calls for continuous engagement and critical reflection.

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