My scholarly work is related to two interlocking key themes: critical pedagogy and information and communication technologies. Working at the intersections between diverse conceptual frameworks and research traditions, it places special accent to epistemology and multi-, inter-, trans- and anti-disciplinarity.

The influences upon my scholarly work arrive from various disciplinary areas. I enjoy reading diverse literature: Greek and Latin mythology, stories of Wild West, pirate and crime fiction, classic novels from Russian realism to American beatniks, comics, science fiction... It was exactly the latter that brought me into studies of physics, which – through embodiment of the very specific discourse of natural sciences – anchored my thinking deep into the spirit of awe and appreciation for pure scientific discovery.  

For most of my life I have occasionally played music and flirted with film and theatre. At their very best, my artistic attempts have been mediocre. However, they taught me an important lesson: science is just one of many strategies for approaching the world around us. For one reason or another, it became the 'weapon of choice' in my personal struggle for meaning – but there are many other weapons, and no-one knows whether they are better or worse than mine.

My journey into humanities and social sciences started with the Frankfurt School. One thing led to another, and I found myself extensively reading people such as Paulo Freire, Ivan Illich, Paul Willis, Henry Giroux, Peter McLaren, Michael Peters, Douglas Kellner, bel hooks... Through their works, I slowly but surely entered the critical pedagogy movement and specialized in its relationships to information and communication technologies. In this way, I tried and reconciled my first love - natural science - with my second love - critical pedagogy.

Unsurprisingly, such approach leads to epistemological turmoil which has become a constant companion of my research efforts. During the past years, I started to realize that the questions regarding knowledge and method must be constantly inquired in order to understand the world around us. On such basis, I started to explore borders between disciplines, research traditions, and various multi-, inter-, trans- and anti-disciplinary approaches. While actively concerned with limits to various research approaches and methods, my ideal is to become an explorer of our world in the broadest sense - and to investigate what it means to be human in our small and insignificant space-time pocket of the universe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

                                                      

Education

BSc (Physics), University of Zagreb, Faculty of Physics, 2003

MSc (Education) University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education, 2007

PhD (Information and Communication Science), University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, 2011

 

Key Previous Appointments

University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb, Senior Lecturer, 2011-2015

University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb, Lecturer, 2009-2011

University of East London, Cass School of Education, Adjunct Online Tutor, 2010-2013

International Correspondence Schools, Glasgow, Adjunct Online Tutor, 2008-2010

Glasgow School of Art, Learning Technologist, 2008-2009

University of Edinburgh, National e-Science Centre, Trainer, 2007-2008

Croatian Academic and Research Network, Expert for e-Learning, 2004-2006

   

 

 

 

 

 

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