SEMINAR: Youth Civic Engagement in the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement, Dr Liz Jackson

WHEN: Thursday, 19 May 2016 from 17:30 to 18:30 (BST) 

WHERE: Room 4.10, Graduate School of Education – 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA.

This presentation discusses the political identities which young people in Hong Kong have built for themselves in recent years in Hong Kong and the role that their activism has played in their civic education. Traditionally, education in Hong Kong has been conceived as “de-politicized,” and its population as apolitical and materialistic. However, the youth-led Umbrella Movement of 2014-2015, based in ‘Occupy Central’, following the National Education controversy of 2012, has put pay to that. Why has this happened?

Research reveals that these movements reflect young people’s desires to engage democratically in political processes outside the control of educators and other adults. Moreover, the movement has also given young people from ethnic minority communities an opportunity to identify themselves as local. This has provided invaluable political education to them and mainstream young people alike. On the other hand, government responses to these events, combined with intergenerational struggles, have led to a kind of tragic political education for many. They have come to see the Umbrella Movement as a lesson in powerlessness and hopelessness over time.

Held in association with the PESGB.

About the Speaker: Dr Liz Jackson, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.

My research focuses on how to enhance equity, justice, and flourishing of society through education. I was trained as a philosopher of education, and I also use qualitative methods and collaborate in interdisciplinary and international projects to consider how to align our ethics and values with our practices in multicultural, intercultural, and global education; moral and civic education; and education for sustainable development. My areas of expertise include educational theory, cultural studies, global studies of education, and moral and religious education. I teach curriculum studies, sustainability education, and multicultural education.