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VEIGA-NETO, Alfredo. The two faces of the coin: heterotopies and curricular emplazamientos. Educ. rev. [online]. 2007, n.45, pp.249-264. ISSN 0102-4698.

From the foucaultian concepts of heterotopy and episteme, and from the concept of emplazamiento developed by Jorge Larrosa, this paper discusses some questions about the relations between the space and the curriculum. Here, the curriculum is assumed as an school artifact implicated with a very particular kind of representation of the space, in the classic episteme. It is argued that the curriculum contributed to the substitution of the medieval spaciality sensorial, finite and closed for a new one abstract, infinite and open. Later, in Modernity, such extensional spaciality was replaced by a positional and reticular or gridded spaciality, for which the curriculum still proceeded. And now, in Postmodernity, the space is assuming new configurations. To describe one of these configurations, is very useful the foucaultian concept of heterotopy. The heterotopies are real places; but they seem to be in opposition with relation to the common places where we live. So, the heterotopies confuse the language and disturb our understanding; but, at the same time, they open the possibility of new thoughts, new representations and new insights about our world. This paper suggests that it is possible conceive the larrosian emplazamiento as an heterotopy. In this case, it happens a very profanation of the Pedagogy, so that new possibilities are open to our educational theories and practices.

Palavras-chave : Curriculum; Modernity; Postmodernity; Emplazamiento; Heterotopy; Episteme; Space; Profane Pedagogy.

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