Postdigital education in a biotech future

Petar Jandrić*, Sarah Hayes

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper explores a possible future of postdigital education in 2050 using the means of social science fiction. The first part of the paper introduces the shift from 20th century primacy of physics to 21st century primacy of biology with an accent to new postdigital–biodigital reconfigurations and challenges in and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The second part of the paper presents a fictional speech at the graduation ceremony of a fictional military academy in a fictional East Asian country in 2050. This fictional world is marked by global warfare and militarization, and addressed graduates are the first generation of artificially evolved graduates in human history. The third part of the paper interprets the fictional narrative, contextualizes it into educational challenges of today, and argues for a dialogical, humanistic conception of new postdigital education in a biotech future.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPolicy Futures in Education
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study is supported by Leverhulme Trust.

Keywords

  • biodigital
  • bioeconomy
  • biotechnology
  • COVID-19
  • education
  • futures
  • Postdigital
  • social science fiction
  • speculative fiction

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