Sustainability discourses in different cultural contexts: curse or blessing?

Tamara SAVELYEVA

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Abstract

Although a Western discourse of sustainability has been widely implemented in university systems, its main principles do not fully resonate with localized ecological frameworks which ground Asian education. These ancient cosmo-anthropic ecological frameworks preceded Western ecology in its conceptualizations of nature-to-human relationships, and they have been dominating Asian educational traditions for many centuries. Do these frameworks aid or prevent a global spread of sustainability into Asian educational systems? In her comparative case study, the author answers this question by revisiting Asian ecological discourse of Neo- Confucianism and explaining how ignorance to culturally-specific ecological frameworks might minimize or maximize a widespread entry of western sustainability into non-western higher education systems. The author uses an example of the Global Seminar project to uncover tenets of localized tradition, explain innovative specifics of curricular implementation, and propose organic contributions to global sustainability discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Citation

Savelyeva, T. (2016, March). Sustainability discourses in different cultural contexts: curse or blessing?. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society 2016 Conference (CIES 2016): Sixty Years of comparative and international education: Taking stock and looking forward, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver, Canada.

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