How will we be able to question all things that allow us to be individuals? In the historical context of the twenty-first century, critique and the maintenance of a critical stance towards reality is far from self-evident. Dominant ideology today disempowers citizens by constructing perceptions that change is impossible. Hence, the strengthening of ideological domination is materialised by individuals’ constant participation in their own disempowerment.
Among other factors, science, technology, education – and their interconnections – play a crucial role in the construction and conservation of dominant structures. Through their public images, science and technology not only reflect but also co-construct dominant ideology. Along the same lines, the educational paradigm used in schools and universities reflects and represents the order of things that dominant ideology has already established and aims to sustain. This thematic category is dedicated to the exploration of interrelations and tensions that exist between science, technology, education, and society. By recognising knowledge-shaping and dissemination as ideological categories, the theoretical grounds of this category is drawn from the tradition of critical theory. Critical theory wants to advance struggles and political practices and bases its ideas on the critique of dominant ideology in order to unmask its established complex forms. The public images of science and technology and their educational techniques and curricula will take centre stage, with the aim to raise public awareness on the fact that scientists, journalists, and educators play a crucial role in validating the success story of dominant ideology.
Focusing on the concept of critique, Critical Citizens aims to build a fruitful intellectual forum among academics, experts, activists, journalists, tutors, teachers, and others, with the aim to empower individuals’ reflexive capacity to practice critical thinking and citizen engagement. Based on the intellectual context of the history of science and technology, critical theory and critical education theory, our activities will ignite individual transformation through critical thinking and the practice of critique. Our purpose is to enable citizens to question dominant order of things and to conceive social change as a political choice.
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