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Rubedo Press | Re-enchanting the Academy

IN THIS BOOK, sixteen authors encourage the modern academy to remember that portals to enchantment can be found in its hallowed halls, and indeed must be found, if education is to nourish and inspire both heart and mind, if it is to lead future generations of students out of the cave of policy-led bureaucratisation and financially-led consumerism into the creative freedom of their own souls. Our authors offer resistance to the domination of education ‘by belief in the facts revealed solely by mandated standards and standardized testing’ through an appeal to the imagination as primary and foundational, the source of connection to self, others, and world.

Auckland · Rubedo Press · 2017
Softcover | 6×9 | Illustrated | B&W | 370 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-943710-13-3

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Re-enchanting the Academy

Edited by

Angela Voss, PhD,
& Simon Wilson, PhD

 


IN THIS BOOK, sixteen authors encourage the modern academy to remember that portals to enchantment can be found in its hallowed halls, and indeed must be found, if education is to nourish and inspire both heart and mind, if it is to lead future generations of students out of the cave of policy-led bureaucratisation and financially-led consumerism into the creative freedom of their own souls. Our authors offer resistance to the domination of education ‘by belief in the facts revealed solely by mandated standards and standardized testing’ through an appeal to the imagination as primary and foundational, the source of connection to self, others, and world.

Enchantment catches us when we least expect it, not only through our thoughts, but through feelings, sensations, intuitions and instincts—and as Peter Abbs reminded us nearly forty years ago, if we want to promote ‘wholeness of being’ as an educational ideal then our schools and academies must embrace the full spectrum of human ways of knowing, in order to bring new, integrated perspectives to our conflicted world.


Table of Contents



Introduction
About the Contributors

PART ONE
Re-enchanting the Institution

1. Patrick Curry
The Enchantment of Learning and the Fate of our Times

2. Simon Wilson
Clutching the Wheel of St. Catherine; or a Visit to an Enchanted College

3. Linden West
Re-Enchanting the Academy: Popular Education and the Search for Soul in the Modern Academy

4. Eduard Heyning
Not to Explain the World but to Sing it: Panpsychism and the Academy

PART TWO
Re-enchanting the Curriculum

5. Angela Voss
Delectare, Docere, Movere: Soul-learning, Reflexivity and the Third Classroom

6. Robert Bowie
Stepping into Sacred Texts: How the Jesuits Taught me to Read the Bible

7. Lisa McLoughlin
Enchanted Engineering: Reintegrating the Roots

8. Julia Moore
On the Margins of the Academy: Séances, Sitter Groups and Academics

PART THREE
Re-enchanting the Mind

9. Anita Klujber
The Salutogenic Imagination

10. Judith Way
Enrichment and Enchantment: The Poetic Heritage of the Western Esoteric Tradition

11. Becca Tarnas
The Fantastic Imagination

12. Paul Stevens
Reclaiming the Linguistic Mind

PART FOUR
Re-enchanting Nature & Body

13. Chara & Joan Armon
Toward Re-Enchantment: Cultivating Nature Connection and Reverence through Experiential Learning

14. Laura Formenti & Silvia Luraschi
How do you Breathe? Duoethnography as a Means to Re-embody Research in the Academy

15. Laura Shannon
Women with Wings: Right-brain Consciousness and the Learning Process

16. Sonia Overall
The Walking Dead; or Why Psychogeography Matters


About the editors


Angela Voss, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the School of Childhood and Education Sciences, Canterbury Christ Church University, and programme director for the MA in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred. Her teaching and research centre on the role of the symbolic imagination in Western philosophical, spiritual and cultural traditions, and she has written extensively on the astrological music therapy of the Renaissance philosopher Marsilio Ficino (Marsilio Ficino, 2006). She is a ‘walker between the worlds’ of esoteric practice and transformative learning.

Simon Wilson, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the School of Childhood and Education Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he teaches on the Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred MA and supervises PhD students. He is also a member of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge. Simon has published widely on subjects such as the Grail, René Guénon, and the writings of Charles Fort. His current research interests include icons, the mystical theology of the Eastern Church, and fortean phenomena.