Prof Aislinn O'Donnell

Education, Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy

Head of Department

Maynooth University School of Education
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Biography

Aislinn is the Head of the Department of Education and is also a member of the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy.

She received her PhD from the University of Warwick in 2001, having undertaken her studies under the supervision of Keith Ansell Pearson. Her PhD was examined by Paul Gilroy and Christine Battersby. She was awarded both AHRB funding and University of Warwick Funding. She was awarded a Master in Philosophy from University College Dublin where her thesis was supervised by Richard Kearney. She spent a year in Georgetown University on a non-degree postgraduate scholarship studying Government and Philosophy. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she was awarded a BA Mod in Politics and Sociology and where she was elected Scholar of Trinity in 1993. She also spent an ERASMUS year in the Institut D'Etudes Politiques in Strasbourg where she studied Politics and Sociology.

Through a series of educational and pedagogical projects, both funded and unfunded, and in her teaching of philosophy of education, Aislinn came to situate her work and research in the field and tradition of education. She has worked with different students from primary education to adult education, and has also worked closely with teachers and other educational practitioners on a number of art and philosophy projects. She is particularly interested in building connections and co-creating research between educational practitioners across the continuum of education, including youth work, and in developing collaborative research in teacher education. During her career, she has developed a series of projects and practices that bring together theory and practice in education in creative ways. 

Her research and writing explore aesthetics, sensibility, materiality and affect in pedagogies and education. She is particular interested in ecological approaches to both philosophy and education that open up different contextually sensitive and creative ways of thinking about and understanding the human. As part of this she has developed a number of art and philosophy project in different sites of practice, such as schools and prisons, working with artists, philosophers and curators. These involve developing a range of creative pedagogical practices and her current research involves developing approaches and criteria to evaluate what is of value, rather than what is simply measurable, in these practices. This is also part of participatory action research approach adopted in the EDURAD: Educational Responses to Extremism project.

Mobilising a philosophical lens, Aislinn also engages in researching the ways in which silencing, legacies of violence, willed ignorance, and blind-spots have shaped social, philosophical, political and educational imaginaries. Her research and practice is influenced by writing in race theory, feminist theory and queer theory, in terms of both engaging in critique, and in developing new ways of imagining. She is involved in research and writing that seeks to articulate educational responses to extremism and radicalisation, responses distinct from those with a security lens. In this regard, her work engages with democracy, pluralism, and education, focusing on the cross-section of political theory and educational theory, with a particular focus on belonging and imagining. She has an ongoing interest in prison education, and some of her writing and research has been developed as a response to her experience and engagement with the space of the prison and people who are incarcerated.

 

Research Interests

Aislinn is currently co-PI on EDURAD, an ISF-P funded project seeking to develop educational responses to extremism in partnership with University of Linz, CSI (Cyprus), FUAS (Germany) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She led the ERASMUS+ project The Enquiring Classroom (2016-2018) partnering with MIC (Limerick), Sodertörn (Sweden) and Ellinogermaniki Agogi (Greece). Together with Felicity Colman (UAL), Vera Bühlmann (U. Wien) and Iris van der Tuin (University of Utrecht), she was co-PI on the Horizon 2020 project Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition from 2016-2017. She partnered on 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.

She has developed a number of creative research and teaching projects. Together with gallery educator and curator, Katy Fitzpatrick, she has created a collaborative project called Art and Philosophy in the Classroom. She has an ongoing practice introducing community philosophy and other educational initiatives through an inter-disciplinary lens to prison and probation projects.

She is co-Chair of the Society of Women in Philosophy (SWIP-Ireland), Vice-Chair of the Irish Penal Reform Trust and was on the Management Committee of the COST Network (IS1307) “How Matter comes to Matter”. She is also a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) Irish Network.


Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
EDURAD: Educational Responses to Extremism Co-Principal Investigator European Union / EU / 01-JAN-20 31-DEC-21 666392
Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Classroom (2018-2020) Partner Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission / Government State Bodies 01-OCT-18 01-MAR-20 20000
Horizon 2020: The Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition Co-Investigator EU Horizon 2020 / 01-JAN-17 31-DEC-17 265222.5
The Enquiring Classroom (ERASMUS+) Lead Partner European Union / EU / 01-SEP-16 31-AUG-18 210455
COST: New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’. Management Committee Member European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) / 23-APR-14 22-APR-18

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
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] [full-text] [Details]
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] [full-text] [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 [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [Details]
2012 'Thinking-in-concert'
O'Donnell A. (2012) 'Thinking-in-concert'. Ethics and Education, 7 (3):261-275 [DOI] [full-text] [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]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 ''What is an Educational Response to Extreme and Radical Ideas, and Why Does it Matter?''
Aislinn O'Donnell (2021) ''What is an Educational Response to Extreme and Radical Ideas, and Why Does it Matter?'' In: Encountering Extremism: Theoretical Issues and Local Challenges. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [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]
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 '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]
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]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2019 The Enquiring Classroom Handbook.
Aislinn O'Donnell, Lovisa Bergdahl, Patricia Kieran, Stephanos Cherouvis, Elisabet Langmann (2019) The Enquiring Classroom Handbook. European Commission ERAMUS+, https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details/#project/2016-1-IE01-KA2. [Details]
2019 The Enquiring Classroom Theoretical Framework.
Aislinn O'Donnell, Lovisa Bergdahl, Patricia Kieran, Stephanos Cherouvis, Elisabet Langmann (2019) The Enquiring Classroom Theoretical Framework. European Commission - ERASMUS+, https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details/#project/2016-1-IE01-KA2. [Details]
2018 Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition.
Colman, F., O’Donnell, A., Bühlmann, F & I. Van der Tuin (2018) Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition. European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/documents/downloadPublic/L1lCT2Vuc0gxKzc3NncwQkZmNXZqV2Nn. [Details]
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 Epistemic Injustice and the Policing of the Artworld.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2016) Epistemic Injustice and the Policing of the Artworld. Article [full-text] [Details]

Catalog

  Year Publication
2019 An Alchemical Proposition - Time to Think: Subtracting the Citizen Artist from the Command to Be Active.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2019) An Alchemical Proposition - Time to Think: Subtracting the Citizen Artist from the Command to Be Active. Catalog [Details]
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 [full-text] [Details]
2013 On Listening, if you wish.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2013) On Listening, if you wish. Catalog [full-text] [Details]

Educational Article

  Year Publication
2018 Why Schools must give up the myth of success.
O’Donnell, A (2018) Why Schools must give up the myth of success. Educational Article [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

  Year Publication
2007 Kristeva.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2007) Kristeva. London: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]

Invited Review Articles

  Year Publication
2019 Muslims, Schooling and Security: Trojan Horse, Prevent and Racial Politics by Shamim Miah.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2019) Muslims, Schooling and Security: Trojan Horse, Prevent and Racial Politics by Shamim Miah. Invited Review Articles [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 [full-text] [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
2020 Does Philosophy have a Problem with Race?.
O’Donnell, A (2020) Does Philosophy have a Problem with Race?. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2018 Why we need community philosophy.
Aislinn O'Donnell (2018) Why we need community philosophy. Newspaper Articles [Details]
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 [full-text] [Details]

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
SRESC Social Science Research Ethics Commitee Committee Member 2018 / 2019
University of Sanctuary Committee Committee Member 2018 / 2021
MJMU Board (Mountjoy Maynooth Prison University Partnership) Board Member 2019 / 2021
Irish Penal Reform Trust Vice-Chair 2016 / 2021
Journal of Prison Education and Re-Entry Research Editor 2017 / 2021
Educational Theory Editorial Board Member 2017 / 2021

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2001 University of Warwick PhD Philosophy
1997 University College Dublin Masters (First Class Honours) Philosophy
1996 Georgetown University Graduate One Year Non-Degree Scholarship Political Theory, Government and Philosophy
1995 Trinity College Dublin BA (First Class Honours) Politics and Sociology
1993 Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Strasbourg, France Erasmus Year Politics and Sociology

Outreach Activities

  Description

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.

Recent Postgraduates

  Graduation Student Name University Degree Thesis
2020 Lindsey Liston Maynooth University PhD "The Problem Class"?: A Critical Analysis of Experiences of Schooling and Involvement with the Criminal Justice System
2021 Margaret Murphy Mary Immaculate College PhD Beyond a Single Narrative: Struggle and Agency in the Lives of Asylum Seekers and Refugees