The question concerning technology in Northeast India

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Madhukaillya, M.
Bogdan, C.
Tan, Leon
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2022-05-21
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education
philosophy
indigenous ontologies
educational technology
education for sustainability
Assam (India)
India
educational policies
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Madhukaillya, M., Bogdan, C., & Tan, L. (2022, May, 20-22). The question concerning technology in Northeast India [Paper presentation]. North-East Research Conclave and Assam Biotech Conclave 2022 - Towards Sustainable Science and Technology, Guwahati, Assam, India
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In Northeast India, an extremely rich cultural and historical setting, the challenge of the technological evolution of education makes it crucial to revisit the historical question concerning technology, as it was posed by Heidegger in his eponymous 1977 essay, then revisited by Chinese philosopher Yuk Hui in 2017, who coined the term “cosmotechnics” as a result. This paper discusses the project Library in the Forest, developed by research and design studio Forest Cybernetics, whose goal is to re-imagine how technology might serve, and not undermine, education, nature and the environment. Against universalizing notions of technology, it develops a cosmotechnical position – at once technological and ethical. The evolving curriculum brings together design practice, scientific investigation, coding and philosophy, with local/ indigenous knowledge systems, to re-situate technology in a specific set of histories of place, settlement and change.
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