the authors

Christopher Naughton

Christopher Naughton has lectured in education and the arts at the University of Exeter and the University of Auckland. Currently he is researching artists working in education following a two year funded project Move, Act, Play, Sing (MAPS). He has contributed articles to the Australian Journal of Music Education, British Journal of Music Education, Action Criticism and Theory, Education Philosophy and Theory, Studies in Philosophy of Education, ACCESS, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, E-Learning and Digital Media and the Journal of Distance Learning. He is a regular presenter at the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) and the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and many other international conferences.

Academic Consultant Auckland University of Technology

David R. Cole

Associate Professor David R. Cole works as an educational researcher at Western Sydney University, Australia. He is currently the theme leader of Globalisation research at the Centre for Educational Research (CER). He has dedicated his career to understanding how the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari can be used to critique, enliven and change educational practice. This endeavour has led to more than 100 publications and 13 books in this field. Cole thinks in an international context and has completed 12 major research projects that have investigated how the ideas of Deleuze and Guattari work in an empirical sense. Cole’s latest monograph is A Pedagogy of Cinema (with Joff P.N. Bradley) Sense Publishers, Rotterdam.

​Associate Professor in Literacies, English and ESL University of Western Sydney

Gert Biesta

Gert Biesta ( is Professor of Education and Director of Research at the Department of Education of Brunel University London. He writes on the theory and philosophy of education and educational research, with an interest in curriculum, teaching, pedagogy, democracy and the arts. Recent books include The Beautiful Risk of Education (2014), The Rediscovery of Teaching (2017) and Letting Art Teach: Art Education ‘after’ Joseph Beuys (2017).

Professor of Education; Director of Research Department of Education Brunel University

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Mary Ann Hunter

Mary Ann Hunter works across academic, industry and community-based contexts and is currently Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Tasmania. Alongside national and international consultancy work in arts and education, she has been national evaluator of the Australian Government’s Artist in Residence and APRA-AMCOS Songmakers Programs. She has also published in the fields of arts education, arts-based peacebuilding and youth cultural development. Her current research interests are in the role of curiosity and presence in applied and educational arts settings.

Senior Lecturer Faculty of Education University of Tasmania

David Lines

David Lines, PhD (Education) is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Auckland. His research is in the area of educational philosophy and the arts, particularly music, working with philosophers such as Deleuze, Nietzsche and Heidegger. He has written on early childhood arts education, improvisation and education, creativity, music technology and music education as cultural work. David plays in an instrumental jazz ensemble and has contributed to five recorded albums and numerous performances. His music teaching career has spanned primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

​ Associate Dean Academic: Creative Arts and Industries University of Auckland

Nico de Vos

Nico de Vos, PhD, is a philosopher and professor of Participation and Society. He concentrates on the ‘bodily’ themes of Art & Creativity and Sport & Physical activity, in the context of Participation & Community Development in an urban environment, at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands. He holds a PhD in Philosophy of Art and Culture / Human Movement and Dance. Previously, he studied Physical Education (Bachelor, Master of Science, cum laude) and Philosophy (Bachelor, Research Master of Philosophy, cum laude). In his philosophical activities, de Vos explores the connections between the fields of art and sport and the wider social and educational domains. Practically, he is interested in the possibilities of social-ecological change. Philosophically, he likes to combine the study of literature with innovative forms of qualitative-empirical research, such as participatory, narrative and arts-based research. In short, he pursues a kind of empirical philosophy.

​ Professor of Participation and Society HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands

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John Baldacchino

John Baldacchino is Chair of Arts Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work focuses on art, philosophy and education. He is the author of Post-Marxist Marxism (1996), Easels of Utopia (1998), Avant-Nostalgia (2002); Education Beyond Education (2009); Makings of the Sea (2010); Art’s Way Out (2012), Mediterranean Art Education (with Raphael Vella, 2013), Democracy Without Confession (with Kenneth Wain, 2013), John Dewey (2013), and My Teaching, My Philosophy: Kenneth Wain (with Simone Galea and Duncan Mercieca, 2014). He is currently editing volume I of the Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Art & Design Education: Histories & Philosophies, and writing two new books, on

Giambattista Vico and on Ivan Illich.

Professor of Arts Education: Director of The Arts Institute University of Wisconsin-Madison.

John Roder

John Roder is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. He works with teachers and pre-service students in early childhood education as well as compulsory sector settings, teaching amongst other things teacher inquiry, reflective practice, play pedagogy and educational leadership. Themes around complexity, relationality, emergence and structure as they affect pedagogy, leadership and context run through John’s research interests. His current scholarship has moved towards more post-humanist perspectives, particularly the philosophical work of Gilles Deleuze, to address questions arising around these themes as they appear and are produced within digitally fluid worlds. His current project involves the ‘playful’ university.

​ Senior Lecturer: Faculty of Education and Social Work The University of Auckland

Jason J. Wallin

Jason J. Wallin is Associate Professor of Media and Youth Culture in Curriculum in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada, where he teaches courses in visual art, media studies and cultural curriculum theory. He is the author of A Deleuzian Approach to Curriculum: Essays on a Pedagogical Life (Palgrave Macmillan), co-author of Arts-Based Research: A Critique and Proposal (with jan jagodzinski, Sense Publishers), co-editor of Deleuze, Guattari, Politics and Education (with Matt Carlin, Bloomsbury), and co-producer of the 2016 extreme music documentary entitled Blekkmetal (with David Hall, Vivek Venkatesh and Owen Chapman, Handshake Inc.).

​ Faculty of Education University of Alberta

Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University. Her approach to research is informed by feminist post-poststructural and post-human theories and Aboriginal onto-epistemologies. She has collaborated with Aboriginal knowledge holders, artists and researchers for over 20 years, publishing internationally acclaimed books in the area including Singing the Coast (2010) and Water in a Dry Land (2013). She is interested in alternative and creative approaches in research and writing and applying new theories of space, place and body in educational research and practice, such as in her most recent book, Children, Place and Sustainability (Somerville & Green, Palgrave, 2015).

​ Professor of Education University of Western Sydney

Jan Jagodzinski

Jan Jagodzinski is a Professor in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the author of 15 books and Series Editor of Educational Futures. Sample books include: Youth Fantasies: The Perverse Landscape of the Media (Palgrave, 2004); Musical Fantasies: A Lacanian Approach (Palgrave, 2005); Television and Youth: Televised Paranoia (Palgrave, 2008); The Deconstruction of the Oral Eye: Art and Its Education in an Era of Designer Capitalism (Palgrave, 2010); Misreading Postmodern Antigone: Marco Bellocchio’s Devil in the Flesh (Diavolo in Corpo) (Intellect Books, 2011); editor of Psychoanalyzing Cinema: A Productive Encounter of Lacan, Deleuze, and Žižek (Palgrave, 2012); Arts Based Research: A Critique and Proposal (with Jason Wallin) (Sense, 2013); editor of The Precarious Future of Education (Palgrave, 2017); editor of What is Art Education? After Deleuze and Guattari (Palgrave, 2017); editor of Athropocene, Ecology, Pedagogy: The Future in Question (Palgrave, in process, scheduled for 2018).

​ Professor of Visual Art and Media Education: Faculty of Education University of Alberta

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Robyn Ann Ewing

Initially a primary teacher, Robyn Ewing AM, is currently Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. Passionate about the role that the arts can play in transforming learning, Robyn’s teaching, research and extensive publications include a focus on the use of drama strategies with literature to enhance students’ English and literacy learning. She has worked in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company on the School Drama teacher professional learning programme to develop primary teachers’ confidence and expertise in using drama strategies with literature since 2009. Teacher education, especially the experiences of early career teachers and the role of mentoring, sustaining curriculum innovation and evaluation, and the use of arts-informed, particularly narrative, inquiry in educational research are also current research interests.

​ Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts University of Sydney

Sean Sturm

Dr Sean Sturm is Deputy Director of the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education at the University of Auckland. He researches teaching and learning in the university through the lens of critical theory and post-qualitative methodology.

​ Head, Academic Development Group The University of Auckland

Jessie L. Beier

Jessie Beier is a teacher, artist and PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Beier’s interests in visual and sonic ecologies have led to a research–creation practice that works to think pedagogy, in its many forms, as a power for overturning cliché and dismantling common-sense habits of interpretation and understanding. Beier’s most recent projects can be found in the forthcoming edited books Sound Thinking (Ed.: B. Herzogenrath, Bloomsbury), The Precarious Future of Education: Risk and Uncertainty in Ecology, Curriculum, Learning, and Technology (Ed.: j. jagodzinski, Palgrave McMillan) and What is Art Education? Essays After Deleuze and Guattari (Ed.: j. jagodzinski, Palgrave McMillan).

Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta University of Alberta

John Nicholas Saunders

John Nicholas Saunders is the Manager of Education at the Sydney Theatre Company. Previously John worked as a secondary drama teacher and Head of Department for the Arts. He co-wrote the Senior Drama Syllabus with the Queensland Studies Authority and is currently the President of Drama Australia, and a board member of the National Advocates for Arts Education and Playlab Press. His research and teaching concentrates on the role of Drama pedagogy in improving student academic and non-academic outcomes. In 2014 he was awarded the CHASS Australia Prize for a Future Leader in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

​ Education Manager Sydney Theatre Company

Julianne Moss

Julianne Moss is Director of REDI (Research for Educational Impact), Deakin University’s Strategic Research Centre in Education. She holds a personal chair in Pedagogy and Curriculum and is immediate President of the Australian Association for Research in Education. Her research interests lie in visual research and the intersection of these methods with student diversity, teacher professional knowledge and social change.

Professor in Pedagogy and Curriculum: Faculty of Arts and Education Deakin University

Anne-Marie Morrissey

Anne-Marie Morrissey is a qualified and experienced early childhood professional, with extensive experience in teaching across a range of early childhood settings and primary schools in Victoria, NSW and the United Kingdom. She has also taught in both the TAFE and University sectors in early childhood education and gifted education. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Deakin University, and has research interests in areas of quality in early education and care, the role of play in learning and development, gifted development and education, and natural outdoor learning environments.

Senior Lecturer in Education (Early Childhood): Faculty of Arts and Education Deakin University

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