Third Edition of At the Heart of Art and Earth available!


The third edition of At the Heart of Art and Earth, the doctoral dissertation of Jan van Boeckel (2013, 420 pages, with colored illustrations) is now printed (February 2017). Please use this form to let us know if you like to order a copy. The price is Ä29,00 (institutions Ä39,00), excluding postage. Extra costs for postage and handling are: within the Netherlands: Ä6,75; rest of Europe Ä11,00, rest of world Ä18,00.
Review by Prof. Carl Leggo, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Canada:

"Jan van Boeckelís doctoral dissertation, At the Heart of Art and Earth, is a remarkable creative and scholarly accomplishment. I commend Jan for an engaging and evocative dissertation that is exemplary in innovative conception, comprehensive research, intricate organization, artful expression, and insightful interpretation. Janís dissertation is like a palimpsest, a complex layering of many texts, both visual and verbal, and the traces of interwoven texts, past and present, are skillfully and creatively rendered.

This text has texture. It acknowledges its many connections to other texts in an intertextual weaving that composes spaces where readers/viewers can linger in a collaborative rewriting of the dissertation by bringing their stories, memories, and insights to a proliferation of re-searching.
Janís dissertation represents an expansive and comprehensive investigation of the possibilities and challenges involved in teaching, researching, and supporting arts-based environmental education.

Jan has composed a dissertation that is stunning in its originality. He has woven art, poetry, images, phenomenological interpretations, stories, ruminations, and citations into a text that, on the one hand, explores insightfully the conceptualizing and theorizing of issues around artistic processes and practices, nature, ecology, pedagogy, mentorship, wonder, hermeneutics, artful knowing, and writing, and, on the other hand, performs inventive and imaginative understandings of these issues. In other words, Janís dissertation is an exemplary demonstration of how academic research can be pursued with a performative approach to language, especially with attention to how language in all its manifestations (textual, artistic, semiotic, poetic, visual) both constructs and deconstructs our understanding of human knowing, being, and becoming."


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