Prof Aislinn O'Donnell

Education, Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy

Maynooth University School of Education
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(01) 7083604

Biography

I am Coordinator of Structured PhD and M.Litt Programmes in the Department of Education.

My main research and writing interests are in philosophy of education, contemporary continental philosophy, and Spinoza and the Spinozist heritage. My work in philosophy of education examines the following areas: educational experience, the educational imaginary, ethics in education, and democracy and education. At the moment I am looking at articulating educational responses to the question of extremism, that resist the logics of counter-terrorism and security. My recent writing has addressed themes such as: violence and curriculum; failure; mindfulness in education; education in prison; inclusive education; experimental pedagogy; and counter-terrorism in education. My philosophical work remains centred on the writings of Deleuze and Spinoza, in particular political and ethical questions in their writings, and on feminist philosophy. I am also interested in, and influenced by, decolonial theory and race theory.

In order to introduce philosophy to settings like the prison, probation projects, and drug projects, I developed a number of creative research and teaching projects. I taught in Portlaoise Prison over five years and in PACE and PALLS (projects for people on probation and for ex-prisoners), as well as on a FASNET scheme in the Dublin Aids Alliance (now HIV Ireland), and offered a short course in philosophy in SOILSE, an organisation for people in recovery from drug use. I have recently been working collaboratively with teachers and fellow philosophers on community philosophy in Mountjoy and Mountjoy West.

Together with gallery educator and curator, Katy Fitzpatrick, I work on a collaborative project called Art and Philosophy in the Classroom. We have worked with schools on a number of different projects collaborating with organisations and individuals such as: TATE Modern as part of the NM COST Network Training School; EVA International (working with artists Gary Phelan and Blindboy Boatclub in 2014 and Alice Maher in 2016); Project 2020 with the Lab (DCC); Dublin Ships with Dublin City Council Public Art Commissioner Ruairi O’Cuiv, Liz Coman and artists Cliona Harmey and Martina Galvin; and Wicklow’s Imaginaries with Jennie Guy and Fiona Hallinan (funded by Wicklow County Council and the Arts Council); and Mobile Art School. We recently worked with curator Cleo Fagan and artist Siobhan McGibbon on two-day project with schools in the Galway Arts Centre part of the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. This is part of an ongoing project with Superprojects. Katy and I, in collaboration with Rob Grant, will be part of a radio documentary with Patricia Baker's Curious Broadcast on art and philosophy with children. I maintain an ongoing engagement with contemporary art practice.  

At the moment I am involved in 
Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Classroom (2018-2020) project funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission & Creative Ireland led by Chester Beatty Library with partners - MIC, NUIM, Intercultural Education Service NI & Heritec. I designed and wrote the successful ERASMUS+ application ‘The Enquiring Classroom’ and Maynooth partnering with MIC (Limerick), Sodertörn (Sweden) and Ellinogermaniki Agogi (Greece) on this project from 2016-2018. Together with Felicity Coleman (MMU), Vera Bühlmann (U. Wien) and Iris van der Tuin (University of Utrecht), I worked on the Horizon 2020 project “The Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition” from 2016-2017. I am a founding member of Philosophy Ireland (www.philosophyireland.ie) and am acting as Witness and Critical Interlocutor to the Citizen-Artist project (2016-2018) in Studio 468. I have collaborated with Positive Now and the All-Ireland Network of PLHIV, producing a pamphlet HIV: Our Responsibilities http://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/22894/

I was on the Management Committee of the COST Network (IS1307) “How Matter comes to Matter”. I am also involved in the Anna Lindh Foundation Network, the Society of Women in Philosophy (SWIP-Ireland), and serve as Vice-Chair of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

My academic background is multidisciplinary. I have a BA (TCD) in Politics and Sociology, an MA (UCD) and a PhD (University of Warwick) in Philosophy. I spent an ERASMUS year in the IEP, Strasbourg and a Postgraduate Scholarship year in Georgetown University. My current teaching is primarily in Philosophy of Education.

I welcome enquiries about doctoral supervision.








Research Interests

My research is centred on philosophy of education, contemporary continental philosophy, and Spinoza and the Spinozist heritage. My work in philosophy of education is centred on the following areas: educational experience, the educational imaginary, ethics in education, and democracy and education. My recent research has addressed themes such as: violence and curriculum; failure; mindfulness in education; education in prison; inclusive education; experimental pedagogy; and counter-terrorism in education. My philosophical work remains centred on the writings of Deleuze and Spinoza, in particular political and ethical questions in their writings, and on feminist philosophy. I am also particularly interested in decolonial theory and race theory. 

I designed and wrote the successful ERASMUS+ application ‘The Enquiring Classroom’ (2016-1-IE01-KA201-016892) and Maynooth will be partnering with MIC (Limerick), Sodertörn (Sweden) and Ellinogermaniki Agogi (Greece) on this project from 2016-2018. Together with Felicity Coleman (MMU), Vera Bühlmann (T.U. Wien) and Iris van der Tuin (University of Utrecht), I will be working on the Horizon 2020 project (732407) “The Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition” from 2016-2017. 

Currently, I am on the Management Committee of the COST Network (IS1307) “How Matter comes to Matter” and was a Trainer at the New Materialism Training School in Tate Modern, leading a public session with Katy Fitzpatrick called "Art Matters". 

Research Projects

  Project Role Description Start Date End Date
Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Classroom (2018-2020) Partner 01-OCT-18 01-MAR-20
Horizon 2020: The Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition Co-Investigator 01-JAN-17 31-DEC-17
ERASMUS+: The Enquiring Classroom Partner 01-SEP-16 31-AUG-18
COST: New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’. Management Committee Member 23-APR-14 22-APR-18

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2015 'Experimental Philosophy and Pedagogy: A Single Vision'
Aislinn O'Donnell (2015) 'Experimental Philosophy and Pedagogy: A Single Vision' In: Anna Hickey-Moody and Tara Page (eds). Arts, Pedagogy and Cultural Resistance. London: Rowman and Littlefield. [Details]
2015 'The Human Animal'
Aislinn O'Donnell (2015) 'The Human Animal' In: Sarah Browne and Sara Greavu (eds). Between a Dog and a Wolf. Derry: CCA. [Details]
2015 'Introduction'
Aislinn O'Donnell (2015) 'Introduction' In: Aislinn O'Donnell (eds). The Inclusion Delusion?: Reflections on Democracy, Ethos, and Education. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
2015 'Beyond Hospitality: Re-imagining Inclusion in Education’'
Aislinn O'Donnell (2015) 'Beyond Hospitality: Re-imagining Inclusion in Education’' In: Aislinn O'Donnell (eds). The Inclusion Delusion?: Reflections on Democracy, Ethos and Education. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
2014 'Speaking the Truth to Power: Parrhesia, Critical Inquiry, and Education in Prison'
Aislinn O'Donnell and Jonathan Cummins (2014) 'Speaking the Truth to Power: Parrhesia, Critical Inquiry, and Education in Prison' In: Eoin Carroll and Kevin Warner (eds). Re-Imagining Imprisonment in Europe. Liffey Press: Dublin. [Details]
2014 'Cartesian Meditations: Voice, Body, Mind and the Prison'
Aislinn O'Donnell and Anonymous Authors (2014) 'Cartesian Meditations: Voice, Body, Mind and the Prison' In: Sarah Tyson and Joshua Hall (eds). Philosophy Imprisoned: The Love of Wisdom in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Maryland: Lexington Books. [Details]
2012 'Transformative Education'
Aislinn O'Donnell (2012) 'Transformative Education' In: Patricia Kieran and Thomas Grenham (eds). New Educational Horizons in Contemporary Ireland. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
2011 'Of Love, Failure and Revolutions'
Aislinn O'Donnell (2011) 'Of Love, Failure and Revolutions' In: Frida Beckmann (eds). Deleuze and Sex. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2015 The Inclusion Delusion? Reflections on Democracy, Ethos and Education
Aislinn O'Donnell (Ed.). (2015) The Inclusion Delusion? Reflections on Democracy, Ethos and Education Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Experimentation in Institutions: Ethics, Creativity and Existential Competence'
O'Donnell, A. (2018) 'Experimentation in Institutions: Ethics, Creativity and Existential Competence'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 37 (1):31-46 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Spinoza, experimentation and education: How things teach us'
O'Donnell, A (2018) 'Spinoza, experimentation and education: How things teach us'. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 50 :819-829 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Pedagogical injustice and counter-terrorist education'
O’Donnell A. (2017) 'Pedagogical injustice and counter-terrorist education'. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 12 (2):177-193 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'The Matter of Thinking: Material Thinking and the Natural History of Humankind'
Aislinn O'Donnell (2017) 'The Matter of Thinking: Material Thinking and the Natural History of Humankind'. Studier i Pædagogisk Filosofi, 6 (1):39-54 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Shame is already a revolution: The politics of affect in Gilles Deleuze'
Aislinn O'Donnell (2017) 'Shame is already a revolution: The politics of affect in Gilles Deleuze'. Deleuze Studies, 11 (1) [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Introduction: Shifting education's philosophical imaginaries: relations, affects, bodies, materialities'
Todd S.;Jones R.;O'Donnell A. (2016) 'Introduction: Shifting education's philosophical imaginaries: relations, affects, bodies, materialities'. Gender and Education, 28 (2):187-194 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Securitisation, Counterterrorism and the Silencing of Dissent: The Educational Implications of Prevent'
O’Donnell A. (2016) 'Securitisation, Counterterrorism and the Silencing of Dissent: The Educational Implications of Prevent'. British Journal of Educational Studies, 64 (1):53-76 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2017 'Anti-Heroic Education: For the Scavengers and the Gleaners'
Aislinn O'Donnell (2017) 'Anti-Heroic Education: For the Scavengers and the Gleaners'. Other Education, 5 (2):17-38 [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Contagious ideas: vulnerability, epistemic injustice and counter-terrorism in education'
O’Donnell A. (2016) 'Contagious ideas: vulnerability, epistemic injustice and counter-terrorism in education'. Educational Philosophy and Theory, :1-17 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Curriculum as Conversation: Vulnerability, Violence, and Pedagogy in Prison'
O'Donnell A. (2015) 'Curriculum as Conversation: Vulnerability, Violence, and Pedagogy in Prison'. Educational Theory, 65 (4):475-490 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Contemplative Pedagogy and Mindfulness: Developing Creative Attention in an Age of Distraction'
O'Donnell A. (2015) 'Contemplative Pedagogy and Mindfulness: Developing Creative Attention in an Age of Distraction'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 49 (2):187-202 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'Another Relationship to Failure: Reflections on Beckett and Education'
O'Donnell A. (2014) 'Another Relationship to Failure: Reflections on Beckett and Education'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 48 (2):260-275 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Unpredictability, Transformation, and the Pedagogical Encounter: Reflections on What is Effective in Education'
O'Donnell A. (2013) 'Unpredictability, Transformation, and the Pedagogical Encounter: Reflections on What is Effective in Education'. Educational Theory, 63 (3):265-282 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'Thinking-in-concert'
O'Donnell A. (2012) 'Thinking-in-concert'. Ethics and Education, 7 (3):261-275 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2012 The NCAD Fine Art Programme in Portlaoise Prison: Historical Chronology.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2012) The NCAD Fine Art Programme in Portlaoise Prison: Historical Chronology. NCAD, Dublin. [Details]
2012 Unfamiliar Voices: A Review of the Legacy of NCAD’s Art Programme in Portlaoise Prison, 1987-2011.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2012) Unfamiliar Voices: A Review of the Legacy of NCAD’s Art Programme in Portlaoise Prison, 1987-2011. NCAD, Dublin. [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
2016 Studio 468.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2016) Studio 468. Article [IR Link] [Details]

Catalog

  Year Publication
2018 Our Common World: Incarceration and Exile.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2018) Our Common World: Incarceration and Exile. Catalog [Details]
2013 Who will refuse me the right to listen.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2013) Who will refuse me the right to listen. Catalog [IR Link] [Details]
2013 On Listening, if you wish.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2013) On Listening, if you wish. Catalog [IR Link] [Details]

Electronic Publication

  Year Publication
2018 Why schools must give up the myth of success.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2018) Why schools must give up the myth of success. Electronic Publication [Details]

Manual

  Year Publication
2014 HIV: Our Responsibilities.
Aislinn O'Donnell, Positive Now and the All-Ireland Network of PLHIV (2014) HIV: Our Responsibilities. Manual [IR Link] [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
2015 Teaching Children about World Religions and Ethics could help counter Islamophobia’.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2015) Teaching Children about World Religions and Ethics could help counter Islamophobia’. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Artwork

  Year Publication
2013 The Impossible Conversation.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2013) The Impossible Conversation. Artwork [IR Link] [Details]

Outreach Activities

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COST Network 'New Materialisms' TATE Training School’: Delivered 'Art Matters'. An art and philosophy public workshop at TATE in collaboration with Katy Fitzpatrick. http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/art-matters-contemporary-art-and-philosophy-children Link

Positive Now and All-Ireland Network of People Living with HIV: Workshops and collaborative writing and production of booklet "HIV: Our Responsibilities". http://positivenow.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/HIV-Our-Responsibilities.pdf Link

Studio 468 and Common Ground "Citizen Artist" programme: Witness, interlocutor and engagement in developing public events in collaboration. http://www.commonground.ie/studio-468-cit-for-proposals/

PHILOSOPHY Ireland: Founding member of new grassroots network Philosophy Ireland that seeks to promote philosophy in schools and in communities on the island of Ireland. www.philosophyireland.ie Link

Dublin Ships Project: Collaboration with four schools commissioned by Dublin City Council (Ruari O'Cuiv and Liz Coman) in response to Cliona Harmey's public art commission. Working in collaboration with Cliona Harmey (artist), Martina Galvin (artist) and Katy Fitzpatrick (gallery educator and curator) and the following schools: St Lawrence’s Girls National School, St Lawrence’s Boys National School (Sheriff Street), St Joseph’s National School (East Wall) and St Patrick’s Girls National School (Ringsend). http://slides.com/dubships/deck/fullscreen?token=1-S51GSa#/ Link

PALLS (Probation and Linkage in Limerick Scheme): Taught philosophy in the project over the period of 2011-2014.

Portlaoise Prison: Taught philosophy in the prison to both social and Republican prisoners from 2010-2015

PACE: Taught philosophy to people on day release from prison and on the community scheme from 2010-2011.

Project 2020: Art and Philosophy Project in Collaboration with Dublin City Council and The Lab, Dublin City Gallery. Collaboration with children and teachers from Rutland St NS and Gaelscoil Mhuire, Parnell Square.

FASNET - Dublin Aids Alliance: Pedagogical project supported by GradCAM and Dublin Aids Alliance. Developed "Two Laws" project with students on Special Community Employment scheme from 2009-2010.

Nghathal Youth Club, Manipur: Developed funding proposals and collaborated on development of music project to respond to HIV and drug use in Churchandpur, North-East India. Secured funding from range of funders including MTV Staying Alive Foundation and UNODC. http://www.mtvstayingalive.org/video/nghathal-youth-club/ Link

EVA International 2016: 8 week art and philosophy project with children from Scoil Mhathair De and Le Cheile after school project, engaging with the 2016 EVA Biennial exhibition curated by Koyo Kouoh "Still (the) Barbarians". Link

EVA international 2014: 8 week art and philosophy project with children from Scoil Mhathair De, Limerick, engaging with the 2014 EVA Biennial exhibition curated by Bassam El-Baroni, "Agitationism". https://www.youtubef.com/watch?v=P0e0N6TIEcM Link

Wicklow Imaginaries: A Collaborative Art and Philosophy Project with Katy Fitzpatrick (Gallery Educator and Curator), Fiona Hallinan (Artist) and Jennie Guy (Curator), St Mary's and St Gerard's NS, Enniskerry and Educate Together NS, Bray. Wicklow Council and Arts Council Funded.

SOILSE: Designed and taught six-week philosophy programme to people in recovery from drug use.

Other Activities

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Details of the Irish Penal Reform Trust can be found here. www.iprt.ie