Memory & Presence in Teaching
Chapter 7: “Taking the Imagination Visiting” as Pedagogy: Journal Fragments
“Taking the Imagination Visiting” as Pedagogy: Journal Fragments
“To think with the enlarged mentality—that means you train your imagination to go visiting.” Hannah Arendt, 1978, 257
One of the greatest privileges of university life is the opportunity to travel, and to get to know one’s colleagues from different parts of the world. To be sure, there are many negative aspects to international travel in particular: it is wasteful of resources, expensive and often exhausting. Air travel involves much that seems like ‘lost time’: waiting in electronically controlled and artificially lit environments, being ‘processed’ from check-in through shopping areas to waiting rooms to crowded aircraft. On arrival one may confront language barriers, pressures of time and ever-present tourist inducements; whether on vacation or meeting with colleagues, there is rarely enough time to really get to know and understand the lives of local residents. And yet, it seems that the desire to learn about other people and other cultures, to be part of things, is almost inevitably awakened by finding oneself in an unfamiliar place; travel has been an important part of my learning over the years.
Devorah (interviewed in Chapter 5), spoke about the attitude with which she first came to Israel and which she still takes with her when she travels:
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