Academic journal article Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice

Ecology and Environmental Philosophy: A Conversation with Ruyu Hung

Academic journal article Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice

Ecology and Environmental Philosophy: A Conversation with Ruyu Hung

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Ruyu Hung is Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Department of Education at National Chiayi University, Taiwan. She earned a PhD of University of Bath, UK, and a PhD of National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, based on studies in Philosophy at National Chengchi University of Taiwan. Previously, she held academic positions as Associate Professor, Department of Education, National Chiayi University (2005-2010) and as Assistant Professor, Department of Education, National Chiayi University (2002-2005). Prof. Ruyu Hung won several Distinguished Scholar Awards by the Ministry of Education, as well as Good Teaching Awards (2011) and a Post-Doctoral Scholarship by the Ministry of Education of Taiwan. She organized the 42nd Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, Inc. in Chiayi, Taiwan, in 2012.

Her speciality is in the field of philosophy of education. Her research interests include: phenomenology, post-structuralism, ecological and environmental philosophy and human rights education. Her academic work and publications focus on ecological philosophy, foundations of ecopedagogy, postmodern moral education and education for human rights. Prof. Hung has been publishing in many distinguished journals like Educational Philosophy and Theory, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Cambridge Journal of Education, Environmental Values, Policy Futures in Education, Taiwan Journal of Sociology of Education, The Journal of Environmental Education Research, and Journal of Educational Research and Development. She publishes more than one hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference papers in Chinese and in English. She authors two books in Chinese (2006, 2010) and one in English (2010), the former two of which were reviewed and awarded by the National Institute of Compilation and Translation.

Prof Hung's current publications include most recently a series of papers that develop themes of nature, ecophilia, environmental education, place and citizenship including: "Educational Hospitality and Trust in TeacherStudent Relationships: A Derridarian Visiting," Studies in Philosophy and Education 32(1): 87-99, 2013; "Caring about Strangers: A Lingisian Reading of Kafka's Metamorphosis," Educational Philosophy and Theory 45(4): 436^147, 2013; "A Lifeworld Critique of'Nature' in the Taiwanese Curriculum: A Perspective Derived from Husserl and Merleau-Ponty," Educational Philosophy and Theory 42(10): 1121-1132, 2012; "Being Human or Being a Citizen? Rethinking Human Rights and Citizenship Education in the Light of Agamben and Merleau-Ponty," Cambridge Journal of Education 42(1): 37-51, 2012; "The Exploration of Place Pedagogy: A Critical Analysis of the Views of Sobel, Theobald and Smith," Curriculum & Instruction Quarterly 16(1): 115-138, 2013 (in Chinese); "To Dwell or Not to Dwell? Exploring Critical Pedagogy of Place and the Related Debates," Taiwan Journal of Sociology of Education 12(1), 43-73, 2012 (in Chinese); "An Exploration of Eco-phenomenology: On Merleau-Ponty's Nature," Journal of Environmental Education Research 9(2): 33-56, 2012 (with H-C. Chen, in Chinese); and "A Study of Comparative Analysis of International Human Rights Teaching Materials," Journal of Educational Research and Development 8(2): 1-30, 2012 (with H.-G. Cheng, in Chinese).

Professor Hung has been obtaining yearly research grants from National Science Council since 2003. She receives Distinguished Research Scholar Awards in 2011 and 2012 from National Chiayi University supported by National Science Council and a three-year Distinguished Scholar Award from the Ministry of Education in 2012.

MP: Can we start by asking you about your educational and philosophical background? How did you develop an interest in environmental philosophy, the Western philosophical tradition, and philosophy of education?

RH: I earned my first degree at the department of philosophy. My choice of studying philosophy came from the feelings of resentment and the attempt of resisting against the conventional and authoritarian schooling, which aims to, in my view, domesticate students and have them comply with the system. …

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