Attended the launch of an edited collection 'Responsive Pedagogies' at the University of Canterbury last Friday. Good turnout, a bit hot and stuff in the library, second floor, no beer and lots of wine. I drifted off after about 10 minutes and browsed the new book shelf, finding 'Planning in ten words: a Lacanian Entanglement with Spatial Planning' that sparked some quick note taking on risk and danger for our Maori Resilience thru the Ru Whenua project at Lincoln University.
The work is by Michael Gunder and Jean Hillier, and it starts with a nice diss of planning as an empty signifier. Decisions - planning - turn dangers into risks. Indeed it is only possible to talk about 'risk' when the occurrence of an event is connected to a decision. This sets up a haunting by the decision not made, by the possibilities rejected: the future is spectral.
Gunder and Hillier recommend the explicit incorporation of uncertainty as a 'core ontological' state of a qualitative, rather than a merely quantitative (and hence supposedly measurable) world. It is this approach that may gel with kaupapa Maori...
Anyways, here's another of my fuzzy mid-range Smart Phone pic of the view from the back.