Inclusion · Philosophy

On Grass’s’Tin Drum’ and the paradox of the sacred and the profane when considering Dis/ability

My apologies for the hiatus to this blog, as I've been travelling once more. I'm writing this from a very spiritual mountain in India, and it couldn't help me remembering the old Durkheimian/Skinner distinction between the Sacred and Profane. As I finished a novel which lends itself to the bookshelves of any Inclusion professional, it… Continue reading On Grass’s’Tin Drum’ and the paradox of the sacred and the profane when considering Dis/ability

Philosophy

Bodies without Organs and the Waste Economy: On a Contemporary Dance Show in Leeds

After a rather long day of sensory rooms and vegan cafes in Leeds, an old acquaintance and I went to a contemporary dance show based on tensions in Leeds. The first installation of live art seemed to question the ethnic roots of genealogy through a subversion of the artistic form. Walking on apples and unravelling… Continue reading Bodies without Organs and the Waste Economy: On a Contemporary Dance Show in Leeds

Inclusion · Philosophy

Encounters with The Glass Bead Game

So it was with fear and trembling I approached Hesse's oft recommended work. After having my proverbial fingers burnt at the hands of Mann's mountain of magic, it seemed folly to attempt to wrestle with a book he considered sublime. My hatred of Mann aside (whose words from his foreword encouraging the reader to climb… Continue reading Encounters with The Glass Bead Game

Inclusion · Philosophy

The Paradox of the Great Gatsby: Designing a Sensory Room

My apologies for the hiatus for the past week to all my avid readers, however I am back briefly with a lot of research to share. To try and ostensibly shoe-horn some literature references into something that would otherwise be a rather dull article on designing a sensory room, I thought I'd begin with a… Continue reading The Paradox of the Great Gatsby: Designing a Sensory Room

Inclusion · Philosophy

Critical Race Theory: Ellroy’s LA Confidential and International Schools

Yesterday, I enjoyed concluding a reading of Ellroy's LA Confidential, a neo-noir novel which I read mostly for the literary style than the rather played out content. Yet as I considered after what I would take from the book, it was not the way it adapts the journalistic style perpetuated by Hemingway and Chandler into… Continue reading Critical Race Theory: Ellroy’s LA Confidential and International Schools

Inclusion · Leadership · Philosophy

Herzog’s Aguirre: Lessons Learned for Transformational Leadership in Inclusion

Last night, I had the delight of watching Herzog's Aguirre again. However this time, rather than simply following Kinski's wonderful portrayal of the errant Spanish Conquistador on a doomed search for El Dorado, I listened to Werner Herzog's commentary. The anecdotes of how he threatened to shoot his leading man if he didn't return to… Continue reading Herzog’s Aguirre: Lessons Learned for Transformational Leadership in Inclusion