On (In)security: A conversation on education and intergenerational dialogues

Carolin Bebek, Kate Katafiasz, Karian Schuitema, Benjamin Weber


This paper presents a Q&A conversation held at the Performance Philosophy Biennial in Amsterdam, 2019. Three presentations responded to the conference call of ‘intervening in the habit of academia as a place for mature or adult voices,’ by exploring ways of making space for children’s voices. Connected by a focus on intergeneration dialogues, children’s disruption and the possibilities of empowerment, both within education and within familial structures, the three presentations opened a discussion about interpellation, sensitivity and (in)security. This paper presents this discussion in a reworked and extended format, offering insight into the presentations on the day, the subsequent conversation and the overarching questions that these dialogues provoke.


drama and arts education, body as an open unity, educating learning disabled and neurodiverse children

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2020.52285

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