The second RILAS seminar of this year will take place this Thursday 23 February.

Dr. Sheila Aikman (Senior Lecturer in Education & Development, University of East Anglia)

‘Contradictory discourses of intercultural education: a case study from the SE Peruvian Amazon’

Intercultural education has become embedded in global ‘Education for All’ policy discourse emphasising its potential for overcoming marginalisation and promoting educational and social inclusion. This stands in stark contrast, however, to the highly politicised contexts in which indigenous organisations are developing and defending intercultural education in Latin America. There is another less well documented discourse, however – that of outright rejection of intercultural education by communities in the SE Peruvian Amazon for whom it is felt to compound active processes of exclusion. This presentation considers the complex and intersecting dynamics of social and economic change in indigenous Arakmbut communities and the viability of globalised technical-adaptive strategies for the inclusion of people whose intercultural lives are characterised by abjection and marginalisation.

The Seminar begins at 4:00 pm in the LAS Building (86 Bedford St. South) in Lecture Room Three.  Wine Reception to follow. Everyone welcome!