Stephen Turner teaches in the English Department at Auckland University. He writes and talks about migrancy, metropolitanism and the constitution of Aotearoa New Zealand. He is interested in ‘untenable objects’, which should not but do exist, which invoke care and courage, and which give us pause and prompt questions about the everyday and what we value. He also writes and talks with Sean Sturm on learning, writing and the university.
- ".] that sees possibility ever."
- "As Ronald Barnett argues, ‘a university that takes seriously both the world’s interconnectedness and the university’s interconnectedness with the world’ is ecological, a university that ‘does not merely take its networking seriously but engages actively with the world in order to bring about a better world.'"
- "This is an action in and though which the inner contradictions of normative imperatives are revealed (i.e."
- "That is, it is constituted as such by this critically deliberative activity, which we would argue must be interactive (alert to its setting), interpersonal, collaborative and collective."
- "In doing so, we suspend such norms and make them available for deliberation by those whom they concern and to whom they matter."
- "the ‘ill-logics’ of ‘a-human’ rationales)."
- "For us, this asking after grounds is what a university does or, rather, ought to do."
- "We say: perform the university, emulate it, occupy it, teach it with an ‘eye [."
- "Furthermore, for us, this implies that the university as pluriversity is world-making: it enacts a constructive ‘worlding’ or possibilism, in other words, neither the positivism of knowledge production that is blind to its own purposes nor the probabilism of the techno-capital university (the University 2.0) and its taken-as-given normative imperatives."
- "In learning how rules can be made, and not simply recognised, we recognise the human capacity for the transformation of social and natural worlds."