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Proverbial teachings on sustainability: critical dialogues on traditional proverbs and zine-making in higher education

Anuar, Aizuddin Mohamed; Mun, Olga


Olga Mun


What ethical and political considerations does zine-making raise in teaching and learning across knowledge systems and artful expression? This question guides the critical dialogue about a research project on teaching sustainability through traditional proverbs from Malaysia and Kazakhstan within a zine-making workshop in a UK university. Merging our reflections with that of students and their zine artworks alongside traditional proverbs, we dialogue across two tensions associated with the challenges of proverbial learning as decolonial connections or appropriation, and the politics and pedagogy of zine-making. Through these tensions which reveal the messy, ambivalent, and unsettled practices within the neoliberal university, we offer some reflections for researchers and teachers engaging in decolonial and arts-based praxis.


Anuar, A. M., & Mun, O. (2024). Proverbial teachings on sustainability: critical dialogues on traditional proverbs and zine-making in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education, 1-17.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 3, 2024
Online Publication Date Jul 2, 2024
Publication Date Jul 2, 2024
Deposit Date Jul 4, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jul 4, 2024
Journal Teaching in Higher Education
Print ISSN 1356-2517
Electronic ISSN 1470-1294
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-17
Keywords Traditional proverbs; sustainability; zines; neoliberal; decolonial; arts-based research
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Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope:; Received: 2023-10-19; Accepted: 2024-06-03; Published: 2024-07-02


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