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Paul Standish (UCL Institute of Education)
Naoko Saito (Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University)

International Frontiers in Education and Research (C) was held in Kyoto as a joint course with UCL Institute of Education, December 11, 13, 15, 2016.

This is an intensive course “The anxieties of inclusion,” jointly organized by the Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University and UCL Institute of Education.

Our age is characterized by diverse political emotions, sometimes manifest, sometimes hidden, involving religious and ethnic tensions, homelessness and immigrancy, and divisions of identity. The anxieties of the “risk society" (Beck 1992/1986) couple with both cynicism and docility in various forms, and a sense of futility in relation to seemingly overwhelming threats constituted by environmental despoliation, the proliferation of weaponry, and terrorism. “Democracy as a way of life” (Dewey) calls for the cultivation of a new political sensibility, beyond faith in progress, beyond mutual understanding and recognition (Honneth, 1995; Taylor 1994). It calls for the acknowledgement of such negative political emotions as fear, doubt, and anger, which we characterize as the anxieties of inclusion. Such anxieties are felt by those outside seeking to enter a society, those inside concerned about immigration, and those inside but at the margins and resistant to the pressures of inclusion. They cannot be fully answered by compassion and sympathy, or by reciprocal caring relationships. Against this background our course will explore new ways of cultivating political emotions.