As an ECPN community-based pedagogist, I am dedicated to nurturing curiosity, uncertainty, subjectivity, and speculation through practicing a relational ethics of care (Tronto, 2009) with the intention of cultivating the emergence of affirmative modes (Braidotti, 2017) of interrelating in ECE. Thinking with an ontological framework of the becoming subject (Braidotti, 2018), an affirmative approach to ECE involves actively attuning to the complexities of the past and present while working to imagine and enact otherwise configurations. For me, these propositions towards generative relationality form the basis of my prefigurative practice (Fielding & Moss, 2012) as I strive to experiment with what might be possible in ECE and actively engage in being part of bringing radical alternatives to life. One of my main pedagogical commitments, which I would like to share here, is to approach political democracy as an everyday ethical practice (Moss, 2011). As an ECPN pedagogist, this means I am committed to noticing and nourishing political participation and pedagogical decision making in all facets of early childhood education and connecting these processes to world making. Through this attention to democratic practices, I hope to experiment with cocreating, alongside educators and children, complexified, situated, and localized pedagogies in response to the collective conditions we encounter in our communities.
Braidotti, R. (2017, January 20). On affirmative ethics [Video]. https://rosibraidotti.com/2019/11/21/on-affirmative-ethics/
Braidotti, R. (2018). A theoretical framework for the critical posthumanities. Theory, Culture, & Society, 36(6). https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0263276418771486
Fielding, M., & Moss, P. (2012). Radical democratic education. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association annual conference, Denver, CO, March 2012. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/289520542_Radical_Democratic_Education
Moss, P. (2011, February). Democracy as first practice in early childhood education and care. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development (Set: Child Care, Early Childhood Education and Care). https://www.child-encyclopedia.com/sites/default/files/textes-experts/en/857/democracy-as-first-practice-in-early-childhood-education-and-care.pdf Tronto, J. (2009, August 4). Interview on Ethics of Care website. https://ethicsofcare.org/joan-tronto/
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Golda is dedicated to an ongoing collective and contextual (re)imagining and (re)composing for just relations within and beyond early childhood communities. She is a white feminist settler living and learning gratefully with her family on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.