Interview – Dr. William Pinar

Dr. William Pinar, Professor and Canada Research Chair

“Restructured by technology—indeed we are now post- human—the person remains primary for me, even if as a flickering memory, an image on the screen in an old movie, a character in a novel or poem, the subject of a book. I’m not claiming to be one, only a refugee who remembers.”

Research Interests:
Dr. Pinar has made seven main contributions to curriculum studies, perhaps first among them the concept of currere, the infinitive form of the noun curriculum. He first invoked it during the 1970s to denote a shift from curriculum defined as syllabus (or objectives or outcomes, or from any of its conceptualizations as a static entity, implied by the noun) to curriculum conceived as the educational experience of “complicated conversation.”

2015. Educational Experience as Lived: Knowledge, History, Alterity. New York: Routledge.
2011. The Character of Curriculum Studies. Bildung, Currere, and the Recurring Question of the Subject. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
2009. The Worldliness of a Cosmopolitan Education: Passionate Lives in Public Service. New York: Routledge.
1994. Autobiography, Politics, and Sexuality: Essays in Curriculum Theory, 1972-1992. New York: Peter Lang.
2001. The gender of racial politics and violence in America. New York: Peter Lang.

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