Walking the Mandala - A Big-Little Way of Being and Knowing in Disrupted Worlds

Adam, Raoul, Ofosu-Asare, Yaw, Wijesinghe, Thilinika, Chigeza, Philemon, and Buller, Adam (2022) Walking the Mandala - A Big-Little Way of Being and Knowing in Disrupted Worlds. In: Lasczik, Alexandra, and Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Amy, (eds.) Arts-Based Thought Experiments for a Posthuman Earth: A Touchstones Companion. Imagination and Praxis: Criticality and Creativity in Education and Educational Research . Brill, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 38-56.

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Global disruptions can inspire new ways of teaching and thinking through the big questions of little things. Recognising our disrupted times, we explore the mandala as an integrative symbol – a visuo-spatial abstraction of a worldview – that invites and represents responses to big questions in ontology, cosmology, epistemology, axiology and eschatology. We re-imagine the mandala as an expansion and a contraction of intersecting ‘opposites’ (e.g. sacred-profane, mythos-logos, order-chaos) that can push-and-pull thinking through the wicked problems of disrupted times.

We embrace Walking the Mandala as a mytho-poetical and logico-mathematical act for learning and unlearning. It is at once an embodied and affective act of creative turns and qualitative diffractions, and a cognitive act of critical and analytical cartography that orientates and measures. It is a circumambulation – a circling of possibilities that connects oneself to others.

Finally, we introduce a novel three-dimensional mandala – the Zygo – as a material artefact and architecture for critical, creative and consilient thinking through disruptions in big-little worlds.

Item ID: 74855
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 9789004507838
ISSN: 2542-9140
Copyright Information: Copyright 2022 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2022 23:55
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