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‘The Pandemic Will Not be on Zoom’: A Retrospective from the Year 2050
Costello, Eamon; Brown, Mark; Donlon, Enda; Girme, Prajakta
This paper aims to interpret, analyse, and critique educational pasts, presents, and futures. It is framed by potentially falsifiable memories of colonization and struggles for identity and social justice. We adopt the device of social science fiction (Gerlach and Hamilton 2003) as a specialist genre of speculative fiction (Graham et al. 2019). Such speculative approaches seek to develop provocations rather than predictions (Selwyn et al. 2020) and to implicate their readers rather than to inculcate them. In this tradition, we seek to ponder possibilities of post-pandemic educational futurities. Our work centres on the ramblings of an unknown scholar who, on the cusp of a postscientific world, screams a maddened poem into the void titled ‘The Pandemic will not be on Zoom’. The events surrounding this poem are pieced together to reveal a world of stark inequities and digital and biological fractures. These fractures prefigured a bleak colonization of humankind by a deepmind hive Artificial Intelligence (AI) (Fig. 1) that caused us to become forever isolated from ourselves and that brought an end to the grand projects of science and education. In our conclusion, we call for other historians of futures past to help uncover timelines, and write alternative fictions, that promote pedagogies of hope, care, justice, and a brighter day.
Keyword(s): Education; Covid-19; Decolonizing the curriculum; Post-truth; Speculative fiction
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Costello, Eamon ORCID: 0000-0002-2775-6006 <>, Brown, Mark ORCID: 0000-0002-7927-6717 <>, Donlon, Enda ORCID: 0000-0003-2817-9033 <> and Girme, Prajakta ORCID: 0000-0002-2612-5122 <> (2020) ‘The Pandemic Will Not be on Zoom’: A Retrospective from the Year 2050. Postdigital Science and Education, 2 . pp. 619-627.
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