Dark Pedagogy

Education, Horror and the Anthropocene

  • Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard
  • Stefan Bengtsson
  • Martin Hauberg-Lund Laugesen

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education and the Environment book series (PSEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard, Stefan Bengtsson, Martin Hauberg-Lund Laugesen
    Pages 1-19
  3. The Horror of Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard
      Pages 23-36
    3. Martin Hauberg-Lund Laugesen
      Pages 37-62
    4. Stefan Bengtsson
      Pages 63-83
  4. Towards Dark Pedagogy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard
      Pages 87-102
    3. Martin Hauberg-Lund Laugesen
      Pages 103-141
    4. Stefan Bengtsson
      Pages 143-158
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 159-164

About this book


Dark pedagogy explores how different perspectives can be incorporated into a darker understanding of environmental and sustainability education. Drawing on the work of the classic horror author H.P. Lovecraft and new materialist insights of speculative realism, the authors link Lovecraft’s ‘tales of the horrible’ to the current spectres of environmental degradation, climate change, and pollution. In doing so, they draw parallels between how humans have always related to the ‘horrible’ things that are scaled beyond our understanding and how education can respond to an era of climate catastrophe in the age of the Anthropocene. A new and darker understanding of environmental and sustainability education is thus developed: using the tripartite reaction pattern of denial, insanity and death to frame the narrative, the book subsequently examines the specific challenges of potentials of developing education and pedagogy for an age of mass extinction. This unflinching book will appeal to students and scholars of dark pedagogies as well as those interested in environment and sustainability education.


The Anthropocene Education on death The Horror of Education H P Lovecraft Speculative Realism Nature Climate Change Global Warming

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard
    • 1
  • Stefan Bengtsson
    • 2
  • Martin Hauberg-Lund Laugesen
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationAarhus University CopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Uppsala University UppsalaSweden
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-19932-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-19933-3
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