Jessie Beier, PhD

Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow

Concordia University


Mei-Ra St-Laurent, PhD

Biography

Jessie Beier is a teacher, artist, writer and conjurer of strange pedagogies for unthought futures. Working at the intersection of philosophy, artistic (non)production, and radical pedagogy, Beier’s research-creation practice experiments with the potential for weird pedagogy to mobilize a break from orthodox referents and habits of repetition, towards more eco-logical modes of thought. Beier recently completed a Ph.D. at the University of Alberta in the Department of Secondary Education with a SSHRC-funded project titled Pedagogy at the End of the World: Weird Pedagogies for Unthought Educational Futures. Situated amidst the backdrop of an increasingly unthinkable convergence of crises, this work of speculative educational philosophy probes the axioms that now overdetermine educational futurity while concomitantly developing a series of weird pedagogies aimed at resituating education at the (so-called) end of the world.

Education

2021: Ph.D. Secondary Education, University of Alberta
2014: M.Ed. Secondary Education, University of Alberta
2009: B.Ed. University of Alberta
2007: B.A. (Transfer program), Grant MacEwan University


Courses taught

• 2021: WGS390: Environmental Feminisms & Social Justice, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton
• 2018: Institute Leader for Concordia Summer Institute, “Learning to Hate: Pluralism in an Era of Echo Chambers,” Concordia University, Montreal.
• 2016-2018: EDSE307: Language, Literacy and Society, Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton
• 2014-2017: EDSE305: Curriculum & Teaching in Secondary Schools, Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton
• 2012-2015: EDCT400: Communications Technology in Education, Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton
• 2013-2015: EDSE368: Second Language Methodology for SL Majors, IFX Term, Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton
• 2013-2014: EDSE468/451: Second Language Methodology, Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton
• 2013-2014: EDSE370: Second Language Methodology for SL Minors, Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton
 

Publications

Beier, J. & jagodzinski, j. (Eds.). (In Press). Ahuman pedagogy: Multidisciplinary perspectives for education in the Anthropocene. Palgrave MacMillan.

Beier, J. (In Press). Ahuman manifestations: When there is no outside (or, a long, good sigh). In J. Beier & j. jagodzinski (Eds.), Ahuman pedagogy: Multidisciplinary perspectives for education in the Anthropocene. Palgrave MacMillan.

Beier, J. & Wallin, J.J. (In press). Walking on sunshine. In B. Herzogenrath (Ed.), New perspectives on academic writing. Bloomsbury.

Beier, J. (In press). ECOLOGIX: Toward and eco-logic of dissensus. In S. Mookerjea (Ed.), Toxic media ecologies: Critical responses to the cultural politics of planetary crises. Press unconfirmed.

Beier, J. (2021). Tracing a black hole: Probing cosmic darkness in Anthropocenic times. In J. Bazzul, M.F.G. Wallace, M. Higgins & S. Tolbert (Eds.), Reimagining science education in the Anthropocene. Palgrave MacMillan.

Loveless, N., Yang, A.S., Bolender, K., Donner, C., Smallwood, S., Olson, L., Beier, J. (2021). Art, ecology, and the politics of form: A panel revisited. In C. Miya, O. Rossier & G. Rockwell (Eds.), Right research: Modelling sustainable research practices in the Anthropocene. Open Book Publishers.

Beier, J. & Wallin, J. (2020). Pedagogy of the negative: Pedagogical heresy for “the end times”. Oraxiom, 1(1). https://www.oraxiom.org/no1/4_Beier_Wallin.pdf

Beier, J. (2019). Close Encounters of the pedagogical kind: Science-fictioning a curriculum-to-come. In T. Strong-Wilson, C. Ehret, D. Lewkowich & S. Chang-Kredl (Eds.), Provoking curriculum encounters: New engagements with curriculum theory. Routledge.

Beier, J. (2018). Dispatch from the future: Science fictioning (in) the Anthropocene. In j. jagodzinski (Ed), Interrogating the Anthropocene: The future in question. Palgrave McMillan.

Beier, J. & Wallin, J.J. (2017). Beyond belief: Visionary cinema, becoming imperceptible and pedagogical resistance. In C. Naughton, G. Biesta, & D.R. Cole (Eds.), Art, artists and pedagogy: Philosophy and the arts in education. Routledge.

Beier, J. & Wallin, J.J. (2017). The disappeared future of arts-based research, Pts. I-VI: Towards a reality-without-givenness. In j. jagodzinksi (Ed.), What is art education? Essays after Deleuze and Guattari. Palgrave McMillan.

Beier, J. (2017). The future is cancelled: From Melancholia to belief. In j. jagodzinksi (Ed.), The precarious future of education: Risk and uncertainty in ecology, curriculum, learning, and technology. Palgrave McMillan.

Beier, J. & Wallin, J.J. (2017). Sound without organs: Inhuman refrains & the speculative potential of a cosmos-without-us. In B. Herzogenrath (Ed.), Sonic thinking: A media philosophical approach. Bloomsbury.

Beier, J. (2013). Dis-organ-izing the subject: Thinking with sound. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 9(2), 23-25.

Beier, J. (2013). Visual literacy and the untimely transmogrification of the problem [Special issue]. Visual Arts Research, 39(1), 35-51.

Research creation & creative output

Beier, J., Greer, J., Igharas, T., Mookerjea, S., Moore, T., & Simpson, M. (2021). Energy Emergency Repair Kit (EERK). [Artist book, soundtrack and art objects]. Created for Speculative Energy Futures, Edmonton, Alberta.

Beier, J., Igharas, T., & Simpson, M. (2019). Paramancy: Volume 1. [Installation]. Edmonton, AB: FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Beier, J. & Moore, T. (2019). Notes from the Energetic Quietus. [Intermedia performance & Sound installation]. Edmonton, AB: FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Beier, J. & Loveless, N. (2018, April). Eco-Dirt Buffet (Dirt Buffet Cabaret #32 @ Mile Zero Dance). [Pop-up Exhibition]. Edmonton, AB: Mile Zero Dance Studio. Learn more.

Beier, J. & Jorgensen-Skakum, D. (2018). The Future of Food Is _______. [Speculative Dinner Party]. Edmonton, AB: Arts-Based Research Studio as part of the CoLAB, University of Alberta.

Beier, J. & Kuzyk, C.W. (2017). Specimen Daze [Sound Performance]. Edmonton, AB: Presented by the Boreal Electro Acoustic Music Society (BEAMS) for The Works Art & Design Festival.

Beier, J. (2016,). There’s No I in Me (or, “I Don't Necessarily Agree with Everything I Say”) [Performance]. Tuning Speculation IV Symposium, Toronto, Canada.

Beier, J. (2016). Trailing the World Behind [Installation]. Edmonton, AB: ASSIST Community Services Centre.

Beier, J. (2016). The Beginning of the Middle of the End [Two-channel Video Installation]. Calgary, AB: Sled Island Art & Music Festival.

Beier, J. (2015). Art Undermine/d: How To Be an Artist [Video Installation]. Berlin, DE: KUNSTHALLE am Hamburger Platz.

Beier, J. (2015). One More Time with Feeling [Video Installation]. Edmonton, AB: The Drawing Room.

Beier, J. (2014). ’Patapreface: How Sound Works [Drawing & Sound Installation]. Edmonton, AB: The Art Gallery of Alberta.

Beier, J. (2014). In the Event that Art Occurs [Sound & Video Installation]. Edmonton, AB: Harcourt House.

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