Dr. Désirée Weber: “Teaching and Learning with Wittgenstein in Dark Times: or How I Learned to Stop Doubting and Live with Contingency”

Did you miss Dr. Weber’s talk on November 18th? Check out the full recording of her talk and more information about Dr. Weber’s work below.

Dr. Désirée Weber earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at Northwestern University in 2016. She is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of Wooster where she teaches a variety of political theory courses including “Knowledge and Power” and “Language and Politics.” Dr. Weber’s expertise includes modern and contemporary political theory, with a particular focus on language, discourse and argumentation in political thinking. Her area of specialization is the influence of Ludwig Wittgenstein and other language philosophers on political understanding and judgment. Dr. Weber has pioneered a “pedagogical” reading of Wittgenstein and has presented on her work at the Annual Conference of the British Wittgenstein Society as well as the International Wittgenstein Symposium hosted each year in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria. She has published articles in journals such as Theory and Event and The Journal of Philosophy of Education and she is currently working on a monograph about the role of teaching and learning in Wittgenstein’s life and later work—and the implications for understanding our capacity to make meaning as well as judgments about meaning. In collaboration with renowned contemporary artist Paul Chan, she has contributed a critical introduction to a new edition of Wittgenstein’s Wörterbuch für Volksschulen [Dictionary for Elementary Schools] which was published earlier this month, and is beautiful.

Dr. Weber’s talk with an introduction from David Anderson

This online event was hosted by the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Critical Childhood Studies Working Group. David Anderson, Dr. Charles Carlson, and Dr. Claire Elise Katz run the Critical Studies Working Group.

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