P. Taylor Webb

Associate Professor

Vancouver (Canada)

From April 3 to April 12, 2018

Biography —

Taylor Webb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research on education policy and governance has garnered several international awards, including the Outstanding Book Award from the Qualitative Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association and a Critics’ Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. His primary area of interest are in philosophically informed analysis of education policy, and the different relationships that are produced within liberal and neo-liberal normative architectures. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Critical Studies in Education.

Project —

My time at Faber will be spent examining and rethinking schooling in relation to new advancements in the field of neuroscience, specifically the idea of neuro-plasticity. I am interested in two aspects of the topic. First, I am interested in the impact that neuro-plasticity portends for education policy, specifically the impact on issues of equity, access, privacy and governance. Second, I am interested Catherine Malabou’s (2012) idea of ‘cerebrality’, in her book The New Wounded, as a way to map and understand ideas of trauma in education policy and practice.