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Tuesday, July 10 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Cultivating a decolonial imagination in music teacher education

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In this presentation I explore the potentials for cultivating a decolonial imagination (Savransky 2017) in music teacher education through a case study of a Finnish university outreach project. As the sixth iteration of the project, this was the first engagement with Indigenous Sámi communities and cultures, with staff and student-teachers traveling from the capital Helsinki, to teach school-aged children in Sápmi, the traditional Sámi homelands in the far North. Through examining two student music teachers’ and one teacher educator’s changing understandings of coloniality and privilege (Balto & Østmo 2012; Kallio & Länsman, submitted), I argue that approaches to music teacher education predicated on the incremental integration of culturally minoritized groups cannot allow for the imagination required to confront the mechanisms of injustice and inequality (Patel 2013). In rejecting a politics of inclusion that reinforces the dominance and hegemony of western onto-epistemologies, in this presentation I ask: what does the decolonisation of music teacher education demand if it is to be more than an empty signifier of inequality? (Tuck & Yang 2012).

Balto, A. & Østmo, L. (2012). Multicultural studies from a Sámi perspective: Bringing traditions and challenges in an indigenous setting. Issues in Educational Research, 22(1), 1-17.

Kallio, A.A. & Länsman, H. (2018). Sámi Re-Imaginings of Equality in/through Extracurricular Arts Education in Finland. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 19(7), Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.18113/P8ijea1907
Patel, L. (2013). Youth held at the border: Immigration, education, and the politics of inclusion. New York: Teachers College Press.
Savransky, M. (2017). A decolonial imagination: Sociology, anthropology and the politics of reality. Sociology, 51(1), 11-26.
Tuck, E. & Yang, K.W. (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society, 1(1), 1-40.

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Alexis Anja Kallio

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

Tuesday July 10, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm CEST
Havel Room