Currere’s Active Force and the Concept of Ubuntu

  • Lesley Le GrangeEmail author


This chapter proposes an alternative way of understanding curriculum that links an African construct Ubuntu with currere. It posits that Ubuntu-currere shifts our register of reference away from the individual human being to an assemblage of human-human-nature. Moreover, it suggests that the subject is always in-becoming and that the becoming of a pedagogical life is relational. The notion in-becoming ensures that the human cannot be defined nor does it have fixity and therefore Ubuntu-currere is anti-humanist. It avers that Ubuntu-currere opens up multiple coursings for developing post-human sensibilities driven by the positive power of potentia that connects, expresses desire and sustains life. Potentia promises to counteract the manifestations of the crisis of humanism such as racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, environmental destruction, centrally controlled and standardized education systems, and so forth. It is argued in the chapter that these crises are manifestations of a negative power, potestas that produce currere’s reactive force.


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  1. 1.Stellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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