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Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Dr. Kari Dehli

Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at The University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Kari teaches courses in the graduate program and supervises graduate students in sociological and political theory, feminist cultural studies, history of state formation and everyday forms of government. Her research interests include the social organization and effects of education policy, focusing in particular on how the schooling ‘makes up’ categories, subjects and conduct in discursive practices and daily encounters. A related area of research is concerned with tracing neo-liberal forms of government that are focused on improvement and audit across a number of different sites, including schools, higher education, and popular culture. She is currently working on a 3-year study of media education in Canada, Australia and the UK funded by SSHRC.

Kari was the first Faculty Director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Education. Through the centre she started the Media Education Working Group, an active network of educators, media activists, researchers and graduate students. MEWG advocates for critical media education and media literacy in elementary and secondary schools, as well as in universities and faculties of education. One result of this collaboration was a special issue of Orbit: OISE/UT’s Magazine for Schools on Media Education, published in April 2005. MEWG is open to new members, contact Kari by email if you are interested in joining.

Kari is actively involved in OISE’s interdepartmental Masters of Education cohort focused on Urban Education. She co-taught a core course in that cohort during 2009-10. In addition, she teaches the following graduate course (alternating from year to year):

SES1904: Introduction to Sociological Theory in Education
SES1912: Foucault and Research in Education: Discourse, Power and the Subject
SES1992: Feminism and Post-Structuralism in Education
SES1956: Social Relations of Cultural Production in Education



Media Education Working Group (MEWG)

Contested Subjects: Media Education in Policy, Politics and Practice

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